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Forum Post: Cause and Effect - OSW announces closing of subway, Bloomberg closes OWS. Very high probability that even in a 100% Direct Democracy the same would have happened.

Posted 3 years ago on Nov. 15, 2011, 4:29 p.m. EST by michaelfinko (71)
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I questioned the move to 'close the subway' immediately. I bet a lot of 2% to 99% N.Y'ers did also. Which leads me to believe the General Assemblies were possibly turning into 'group-think', or, at a minimum not thinking outside of their paradigm.

Sure it's important to have momentum in any revolution, but thinking a few steps ahead will light the path, because, ultimately, millions of physical G.A.'s all over the U.S. are not realistic. They are downright impractical. Even in 1776 with 2.5mn citizens they wouldn't have worked. And not everyone wants to dedicate their life to government and politics despite the necessary 24/7/360 vigilance that a Democracy requires.

Enter a cost-effective internet based 100% transparent Open Source Direct Democracy, and you have the most realistic and sustainable solution.

1.CONTRIBUTIONS - can be anonymous 2. VOTING - only under FULL LEGAL NAMES (just like Congress people are required to do today) 3. REGISTRATION - on a .gov site running OS software 4. PARTICIPATION - not mandatory (like now) 5. MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY - to unleash the benefits of Diversity, minimize polarization and maintain forward progress

Yes, you definitely want a flatter hierarchy, or to eliminate the 'bottleneck'/'middlemen' (or how the current Republic form of government has been hi-jacked), but swinging the pendulum to the opposite extreme is not the answer. The middle ground is.

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[-] 1 points by me2 (534) 3 years ago

I've been advocating a move to a virtual GA for some time now and agree with you completely, no foresight here and it's quite sad, there was potential for positive change that has been squandered.