B.F. Skinner (from Walden Two, p. 195).
Criminal actions are behaviours. Unemployment is a behaviour deficit. Education is behaviour learned. Pollution is a consequence of human behaviour. Poverty is maintained by our social environment. Preventative health requires behaviour change and the shaping of healthy behaviours. Laws and regulations are a set of a behaviour expectations for society to follow.
Do you see a trend here? I think our government systems and policies can improve with guidance from behaviour analysis and the pragmatic implementation of behaviour principles.
It may seem very idealistic and hippie of me to think this. I am not suggesting that we create Walden Two-like communities. I am however suggesting that governments approach their community’s problems as behaviour problems. Understanding the functional relationships behind what people do provides insight on what to maintain and what to change.
There is a political side of me brewing.