Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 24, 2011, 1:30 a.m. EST by theOnlineGovernmentDotcom
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Since I have heard about the occupation of Wall street I have been very excited and made some substantial donations since I cannot physically be present. As I put it, I put my money where my heart and mind are. One reason I got so excited is that many of the quotes I saw in the news made it sounded like they came straight from my website www.theOnlineGovernment.org. Before I thought I was an outlier, but now I know others feel the same things I do and see through the smoke and mirrors as I do.
I have a flaw in that I can’t tune out the news and what’s going on in the world. These problems spin around in my head sometimes and I often theorize ways to solve them - really bad for my emotional well-being. One day an idea popped into my head at a moment like this that made me understand what an ‘Ah hah moment’ is all about.
I hardly have to tell you what the problems I see are all about. I would like to tell you about my vision though. Like the occupation one of my mantras is ‘99% will always be stronger than 1%’ - this has been on my website for over a year. I combine this with the basic concepts of fight fire with fire and missing checks and balances. The basic epiphany I had was that if everyone threw in a buck we could have as much lobbying power and campaign contributions as the ‘good ol boys’ do. The core concept is that simple.
I also realized that for the first time in human history, a large-scale, DIRECT democracy was possible thanks to the digital age. It is just recently that computer hardware and software has been sophisticated enough to take on such a task. At the same time, currently no computer system could be large enough to take on ALL the task of government. What IS possible though is for this system to provide an input into our existing democracy and to have some ‘teeth’ with financial backing and the simple fact that it directly reflects the will of the people.
At the most basic explanation for theOnlineGovernment is that it’s a giant opinion polling system that allows the users to exercise exactly one vote (no extra votes for the wealthy) to vote on organically grown or existing issues of government, eventually at all levels. The output is monetary and physical pursuit of the opinions of the system’s users. Just like the big corps we use lobbyists and campaign contributions to get our way – until at last we minimize their strangle hold on government. The input is you!
The ironic thing is that now that I see the occupation unfolding across the country, this type of system seems like it could be an integral part of collecting the combined opinion of the GA and providing the networking / communication tools needed for the group to introduce and solidify the solutions that can bring the democracy we read about in text books back to life.
The size of this project is mammoth although some initial core features can be implemented first. In it’s ultimate form it would have requirements like built in collaboration and networking tools, transparency tool, voting tools, organic issue growth tools, existing bill summary tools, summary fairness evaluation tools and have to be very secure.
I am reaching out to this group because we have the same vision for a democracy that represents the people and not just the rich and powerful people. I see what is being done in NYC, and for the first time in a while have glimmer of hope that balance can be restored. If anyone would be interested in working on this project or has ideas of how to make it happen please reply. This is a project that I definitely cannot do alone. Questions are welcome although I don’t have all the answers.
One last thing - I thought they always said the revolution would NOT be televised?