As "spiritual beings having a human experience" (de Chardin) our only legitimate source of governance is from within. Any other form of governance, and history backs this up, is bound to lead to unnecessary control and power mongering. Contrary to the usual banal proclamations about 'the masses' needing external controls because we are unable to harness our emotions and think for ourselves, the opposite is actually true. We will not degenerate into an unruly, hedonistic mob in the absence of an outside force. Perhaps the presence of an oppressive external force actually provokes antisocial behavior, rather than preventing it.
Having said this, a transition period is certainly called for. Many people feel repressed by the existing socioeconomic status quo. A bounceback effect will need to be accounted for, much like a spring uncoiling rapidly before settling into a steady state. During this cycle, it will be beneficial to outline a framework of government that is equitable, accountable, and responsive to all.
The need for a true political process, one free from financial interests and incentives, has been obvious for quite some time. It may sound silly given today's political climate, but politics could be a noble pursuit. Those individuals who have a vision for improving an aspect of society could choose to express this by seeking public office. They may do this from a sense of duty, from a desire to provide ideas and leadership, as a means of espousing the views of a certain segment of the population, etc. They would not do this to be a career politician, nor to further personal agendas, nor to concentrate power into the hands of the few.
To counter the notion that government is too bloated to truly serve the people, we will move towards a political process that is rooted in the local. A locus of control centered on village / town / neighborhood will foster the most accountability among those elected to office. County and state structures can provide a middle rung of government, able to coordinate between local councils and the Federal government, affording a system of checks and balances. The national government will exist to primarily instill a mood throughout the country, with minimal authority to actually implement programs unless asked to intervene.
While the former are macrocosmic alternatives, there are also microcosmic adjustments that will improve the flow of responsiveness within our political milieu. These are improvements that we can make in the voting process right now to avoid, for example, the debacle of the 2000 Election. Weighted voting systems, none-of-the-above options, runoffs when no candidate receives a majority of the popular vote - all are examples of systems that can be implemented to replace our outdated Electoral College, winner-take-all mentality. We can supplant the latter with systems that ensure more of a consensus. In addition, campaign financing that is truly responsive to the public, and not to corporate interests, is essential.
A political system that is aware of ecological limitations will best sustain the Earth. Politicians who govern without financial incentives will truly serve the people. It is entirely within our power to usher in a golden age of governance, and we must do so soon if we wish to stem the tide of corruption. Let us keep in mind a time-honored axiom: "If the people lead, the leaders will follow."