An application of operations research to American legislation
Griggs, Norman Earl
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The scientific methodology of Operations Research is used to derive a philosophical model of man, and then, to demonstrate its application to the solution of American political problems. A cybernetic model is presented as a suitable framework for analysis of a political system. The necessity for continual innovation in a political system is demonstrated by analogy to the error- correcting feedback function in a communications network. Finally, it is attempted to show by probabilistic analogy that the only certain basis for net positive progress is control of decision-making processes by the freely expressed and broadly based preferences of an autonomous, informed citizenry. Throughout the paper an attempt is made to distinguish between inalterable goals on the one hand and opportune means for their attainment on the other.