In this interview with Osa Mbonu-Amadi, Odion Johnbosco Obumese marshals out the advantages of Tradocracy, his innovation.
What’s wrong with the existing system?
In their book, How Democracies Die, Professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt wrote that the presence of democratic institutions in a country does not necessarily mean that democracy is alive and well in that country.
“The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism,” they wrote, “is that democracy’s assassins use the very institutions of democracy – gradually, subtly, and even legally – to kill it…many government efforts to subvert democracy are “legal”, in the sense that they are approved by the legislature or accepted by the courts. They may even be portrayed as efforts to improve democracy – making the judiciary more efficient, combating corruption or cleaning up the electoral process.”
So, what’s the alternative?
Tradocracy. That is an alternative and better system of government to democracy. In tradocracy, electoral commission will not be controlled, financed or policed by government. Members of the commission are not appointed by government and elections are not policed by government. All professions are arms of government in tradocracy unlike in democracy whereby only one professional body, the law or judiciary, constitute an arm of government.
In this system, there are four arms of government as against the three-arm system in democracy. The fourth arm is the researchure, and the representatives of this arm are known as researchurers. They represent professions, not states or senatorial districts. The primary function of the researchure is the harmonisation of professions.
Your book also mentioned home cell court, Knowledge Theater, etc.
Yes, tradocracy has home cell court known as native court controlled by local government councils. They are mobile courts which can be invited into homes to settle family disputes or domestic problems. In tradocracy too, innovation degree certificates are awarded to people with creativity by a knowledge theater. Seminars and symposia are used to select and confirm people with creativity for the purpose of innovative degree award. People with innovation degrees shall be employable and can contest for any political position.
Knowledge Theater shall only award certificates to people with new ideas or new innovations or creativity. For example, an individual who discovers cure for cancer, diabetes, etc, shall be awarded the highest innovation degree and such individual shall be allowed to teach in the university in the area of his creativity. This means that in tradocracy, university lecturers shall be academic lecturers and innovation degree lecturers. This method of education shall stimulate innovative tendencies amongst students. One might be a university professor but might not have innovative or creative ability.
This type of education will help stimulate researches and industrial growth of a country. In democracy, only academic lecturers teach in schools. Also, in tradocracy, any person, whether poor or middle class, including the rich, can contest for any political position because money is not tagged for political competition.
Is tradocracy an antidote to rigging?
Rigging of election shall be regarded as treason in tradocracy. Tradocracy is the government of the wellbeing of people, structured into four arms, a sovereign electoral commission and department of morality. It is an advanced and a better system of government to democracy.