Used to be, many ads appeared in local newspapers, which competed for attention via their local news coverage. This induced such papers to fund local investigative journalism, often looking for dirt on local politicians, which induced such politicians to avoid looking dirty. Which was good.
I really like this idea - I think it could work and do a lot of good.
Find a good science fiction writer and collaborate with them to set stories in a world with social mechanisms like this (and other of your ideas). It would be interesting to see how an author makes things play out (they could try to highlight both benefits and potential pitfalls/backfire).
If well written, the stories might gain more influence for the ideas.
Off-topic, but I'd be curious to hear what you think of this:
I started with a simple design, but of course more complex variations are possible.
Are these judgements binary yes/no decisions or could a judgement be that an investigator gets a % of the bond based on the amount of the "dirt" or the degree of the proof?
I can imagine that the "dirt" is receipt of an undeclared gift of a bottle of wine or something small, but technically breaching a rule somewhere. Perhaps the payment to the investigator should be in proportion to the size of the breach, up to the full amount of the bond. But then, what if the breach has no value at all - eg. a deliberate liet that was politically beneficial, but didn't lead to any direct financial losses to anyone?
The politician still stays in office after a payout I suppose, unless I guess there is a subsequent court case or something?
The so-called news media today, especially the biggest, tell big lies on an ongoing basis, as well as purposely not reporting stories that would embarrass them or their preferred narrative. Most of them are in the pockets of crooked politicians. Many courts are, too.
So the most likely result of one of these bonds coming due is that the media and courts will all deny and cover up the corruption, and will prevail against the whistleblowers.
There simply is no natural law that truth wins out. Usually it loses, because its opponents have more to gain by squashing it.
That sounds pretty interesting. If a backer could be found, it'd be straightforward enough to do a trial program with it in a mid-sized American town or city.
If it's a challenge to set up a set of independent judges, then you could probably design it so that people could litigate it in civil court if they think they've found dirt. Maybe couple it with a fund to cover legal fees for the plaintiff if they win.
Too little information given. Let's say the guy who posts the bond guarantees that he will do his best to double spending and double taxes. Although the bond isn't about that, it makes him more credible on his tax/spending promise.