Experimentation in government

An interesting argument about political experimentation:

[The American political experiment] demonstrates that large leaps in governance quality can come from explicit, consciously chosen experiments with new systems whose worth is uncertain.  Therefore, if we want to continue to improve governance, we need to repeat The American Experiment many more times, and try out a wide variety of innovative systems.

Any scientist knows that you improve theories by testing them, yet in the sclerotic oligarchy of politics, experiments are looked upon as threats.  As indeed they are, for disruptive technologies enrich consumers, but they threaten the privileged position of the political elite.  Which is a good thing.