While mathematicians are just as capable of making mistakes as anyone else, they have a unique skill set. A world run by mathematics geniuses is complicated to imagine, and honestly very complicated. However, if politicians were able to understand some mathematics, they would be able to recognize problems from a different perspective. Usual political decisions are difficult to encompass, and politicians are used to a particular norm in how they make decisions. These decisions are usually based on a collective vote and personal speak. A specific argument/decision made is different if you look at it from the mathematical perspective. Currently, politicians choose based on emotions.
- Correct Amusing – Arguments that are a complicated but right win as opposed to arguments that are amusing, incorrect or risqué.
- Weighing Options – Instead of looking at all the pros and cons of a particular argument, the decision is made by choosing a side and listing the cons.
- Party Choice – Even if the opposing party makes a fair point, dismissing them is the right thing to do, to stand by the party.
- Repetitions – Even if there is a big problem with the argument made from your side, and your opposition points it out, stick to your guns.
The problem does not lie in the voting system. However, the issues that stem are from the way non-mathematical individuals conduct politics. While there is a lot of drama that comes with being a politician, there are ways that mathematics can help in tipping the balance. For example, at present, the voting system for a decision is backed by a party. However, there is little that a member of the party can do about a bad decision his party makes if he wants to stay in politics.
Changing the Voting System
What if there are simple mathematical ways these decisions can be made? What if every member of parliament does not have to voice his opinion on the conclusion that he supports?
A voting system can be instilled in place to understand the reasoning and judgment behind the votes using mathematical equations. The different pros and cons of the proposals can be discussed before voting. By voting in this manner and allowing mathematics to make a judgment call is an effective judging system. However, for the public to know which politicians are behind the right votes, the simple electronic voting system can be ineffective.
Therefore, after the votes are decided, the people who voted for the decision can be made public. However, to avoid defeating the purpose of the electronic voting system, mathematics can be used to change the values by 10% to give people a fair but not precise idea of the people involved in the decision. Another effective way to apply mathematics is to allow party members only a certain number of votes to be cast per year for issues that need voting. Therefore, at any given time only a quarter of the members would vote to make it fair to see which sort of decisions every member vouches for individually.