A person says they need a job. Various political groups step forward with proposals. One side says that the government should make massive investments

Should the votes from voters combine on a per-issue basis, rather than a per-party or a per-candidate basis?

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A person says they need a job. Various political groups step forward with proposals. One side says that the government should make massive investments in infrastructure and education and science research and this will boost the economy and provide everyone with a job. The other side says it will offer massive tax cuts to encourage business and consumers, and this will boost the economy. Who is correct? Even professional economists sometimes disagree. Can we build a system that discovers the truth without anyone having to be aware of what the truth is? Perhaps we can borrow a few ideas from Machine Learning, or perhaps from general information processing? Every citizen has some information, but is there a way to aggregate that information together in a way that arrives at the right answer, even though no one person knows the right answer?

Please note: we are not talking about using a computer to replace humans. Elections can still happen the old-fashioned way: people go to their polling booth and fill out some paper ballot. But we are looking for a system of voting that does a better job of combining the wisdom of all of the different voters, so that the system ends up being wiser than any one voter.

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