[discuss] governments and rule of law (was: Possible approaches to solving...)

John Curran jcurran at istaff.org
Thu Feb 27 12:55:01 UTC 2014

On Feb 27, 2014, at 1:52 AM, Avri Doria <avri at acm.org> wrote:

> But, when a Board makes a decision to move ahead in the face of deadlock, the people have to have a method of recourse and that is the point at which voting a Board out of office has to be possible.
> But again, the Board making a decision without the prior consensus of the community has to be extremely rare and has to meet at least several conditions:
> - the community has to have failed to recommend
> - there has to be a reasonable pressing need for the decision to be made.
> - there has to be a way to respond to community outrage by voting the Board out.

Avri - 

  Nicely said - while the Board may indeed have to take unexpected action 
  on a matter the behalf of the community in absence of community consensus,
  the community is protected from misuse only if afforded the opportunity
  to hold the Board accountable for such decisions.


Disclaimer: My views alone (although obviously similar to Avri's :-)

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