Roland Dürre
Tuesday March 5th, 2013

Wilhelm-Tell Policy

Last weekend, a new type of decision making process amongst politicians has been established. Here is how it works: a small country has a plebiscite. To be sure, the result is not totally understood by anybody and partly misunderstood by more than just the “Europeans“, but so what?

The entire world, above all the EU, is surprised to hear about this totally new idea and suddenly everybody finds it great that managerial income should be limited and lower. In Germany, the politicians of (almost) all parties vie with each other to say what a good idea it would be to follow the results of the Swiss plebiscite. Even the FDP, who always used to be against it when these kinds of topics came up, find the Swiss Model very acceptable.

Wouldn’t that be a totally new way of uniting the world politically: the Swiss continue with their plebiscites. But as of now, their votes are binding for the entire world. Let the administrations world-wide take up the results and apply them everywhere. That would certainly be a future-oriented model of “lean politics”. It would also save a lot of money spent on elections and electoral campaigns. Lobbyism would be restricted to Switzerland – where it would not do any harm, because in that country, the people are wise enough not to fall victim to lobbyists.

All over the rest of the world, we could abolish parliaments and reduce governmental functions. The word globalization would get a totally new meaning for politics. In terms of business savings, this would have an enormous effect. The costs would be minimalized, resources would no longer be uselessly wasted and the output would certainly be no worse than it is now. Basically, we are talking revolutionary progress.

(Translated by EG)

But here is my – probably better – idea when it comes to income of managers. Why not just determine a factor (for instance between 20 and 30) and multiply this factor with the yearly income of the person earning the least at the entire enterprise. The result could be taken as the absolute maximum for what a manager should earn. It might also be a good way to avoid regulations for minimum wages and the like.

Now I am just waiting for someone in Switzerland to come up with the idea of a maximum income for stars, soccer players, race drivers….

Or, even better: how about the Swiss population deciding that lobbyism should be totally banned from political life. …

So, here we go, my dear Swiss people!

1 Kommentar zu “Wilhelm-Tell Policy”

  1. Chris Wood (Wednesday March 6th, 2013)

    Such earnings limits are ridiculous, unless world-wide. Surely the work of a very good CEO of a large firm is worth far more than 20 or 30 times as much as that of the average worker. Similarly, the compositions of the Beetles are worth more than those of millions of hobby musicians. I, as well as millions of others, am ready to spend a few € to see Champions League football, rather than the village team.
    If the limits are imposed world-wide, you may still find clever people willing to do the jobs, but will they try as hard? And many would become successful criminals instead.

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