Historically, there have been three branches of government:
- Legislative – this branch is the most important branch as it creates the laws
- Executive – this branch executes new laws and old ones, and is the most visible one
- Judicial – this branch settles legal conflicts
If we view society as a family and the government as the parents, then the legislative and executive are the father, while the judicial is the mother. The former requires wisdom and intellect, while the latter requires love and conscience. As you can see, the father branches of the government outweigh the mother branch and so, although there might be legal justice, there is little avenue for political or economic justice. This is seen in the election of corrupt officials and in the presence of economic inequalities.
To complete the proper system of government, we propose a fourth branch, called the Resource branch. This will mimic the role of a housewife in budgeting the family’s expenses and in noting down the needs and condition of each child. At the moment, such responsibilities are done by the Audit department of governments, usually as a separate commission, which merely acts as an appendage instead of being an equal to the three branches.
While the executive’s expertise is physical action, and while the legislative’s expertise is debate and legal experience, the resource branch’s expertise is inspection and aggregation of real data and its real-world presence. Its main duties will be:
- Checking that all accounts of governments are in order, that all projects have their proper funds and resources in order to prevent costly delays and overruns
- Check the material condition of the people to ensure that economic justice is administered
- To handle the logistics for the system of barter tax farming
- To handle the government’s welfare department by redistributing goods and services to the needy
- To monitor the other branches of government to see it they are amassing wealth at the expense of others
- To monitor the morality level of other branches, including the applicants to them, to show whether such branches and candidates are moral or not.
- For example, it can proactively initiate action in the legislative to investigate abuses by the executive, and vice versa
It takes away some of the motherly duties such as caring for the poor and arranging for the logistics of supplies, away from the father, or the executive, so that the father can focus on more important things.
Like all branches, this branch is independent. But while the executive and legislative are elected, the manpower for the judicial and resource branches are sourced from law schools and accounting or econometrics schools.
A Sample Implementation
In the current system, the legislature creates a new tax, which will be collected by the executive, with tax cases to be tried by the judiciary.
In the proposed system, the legislature creates a new tax, but coordinates with the resource branch on how and where it will be extracted from, together with projections on its effects. The ironed-out plan will then be sent to the executive for implementation.
How It Could Have Been Implemented
As a historical example, let us put ourselves in the American Revolution in 1777 at Valley Forge where George Washington (executive branch), could not get food for his troops because the expertise of Congress (legislative branch) was lawmaking and not logistics. A resource branch of government would’ve mapped the resources available in the colonies in advance and then relay the information to the executive for collection. Any injustice committed would then be tried by the judicial branch.