Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 26, 2011, 8:38 p.m. EST by SvenTheBarbarian
from Phrao, Chiang Mai
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Personally I hope this evolves into real change, a movement that embraces a true direct democracy.
Any time you concentrate power in the hands of the few, as we have in our representative democracies, power-mongers will gravitate to those positions and cement control over them. The solution is not to demand policy changes while leaving in place a system that has proven iself susceptible to corruption. A policy change might temporarily improve society but the systematic problem remains and the powerful will always reexert their control. The solution is to improve social governance by spreading the decision making power as wide as possible. With the world rapidly changing in ways that threaten our very existence this change needs to come sooner than later, the human race can no longer afford to be governed by selfish profit.
The concept of a direct democracy is simple, one person gets one vote on all policies, this does not have to be a lot of work as a proxy system can be implemented, meaning a person can pass their voting power to another person, similar to representative government except the power remains in the hands of the population, you can pass your proxy to anyone and withdraw it at any time.
Open your mind to this idea and what would happen, how it would fundamentally change every persons concept of government, how powerless people feel now and how powerful they would feel if their voice on each topic was ACTUALLY counted. Policy would be people driven instead of power driven. Decision making would be fluid and effective, reacting in real time to issues, long-term solutions would be inplemented rather than the election cycle waste that currently exists. The needs of the many will out-vote the wants of the few. For the human race to move forwards a direct democracy is inevitible, it is a matter of time before the world realizes only the moral power of the majority can stave off the corruption that has seeped in to every other wide scale political system the human race has tried.
There are risks and the devil is in the details but a well developed system can mitigate these and the dangers are no more than having a representative government that can send you to war or destroy your economy without any input from you, manipulating false data or blatantly lying so as to convince you what they do is for your benefit.
If this very simple concept is a viable solution to the issues that instigated the current movement, why can I find next to no open discussion on the topic? Thirty years ago we lacked the technology to implement one effectively, obviously we do not now. Where is the movement? Where is the American poltical party offering a unbiased pure direct democracy? Where is the development of a working data system to support the movement? It is not enough to demand a "direct democracy", a "real democracy", to demand "inclusive government", more government oversight, but to not clearly define what that means.
The SOL political group in Australia have created a constitution, it is an interesting start, you can read it here: http://senatoronline.org.au/constitution
But their movement is still in its infancy and the details of how they will implement the system have not been ironed out. Canada, Switzerland, and many other countries have struggling movements, where is Americas? The first stage, a direct democracy party within the current representative system, cannot sell any other political agenda, a true direct democracy party has no bias, it collates the votes of the population, ensures the integrity of those votes, and applies the outcome in government accordingly.
Creating a direct democracy where the power is spread across the population does not mean you will become like Russia or China, the exact opposite, your country will move forwards in whatever way you as a nation choose it to. You can still have a constitution protecting the rights of minorities, it can hold true all the basic rights as are supposed to exist in America today, but it removes the corrupt representative level. You would no longer be dictated to by the selfish wants of the rich (unless you choose to), you will no longer have consumerism forced down your throats (unless you choose to), and no longer have to accept pre-packaged election promise breaking politicians sold to you like the latest candy bar or McDonalds "happy" meal.
The next step is to get involved and get organized. Personally I want to develop the data system needed to support direct democracy movements, but this is not a one-person movement. A direct democracy is at its core a majority rules system, if the majority of people do not want a direct democracy then the movement is self-defeating, until a reasonably large group of people express the desire for this change and discuss a basic framework for its implementation, then I will not commit myself, and I should not be developing a system on my own, it should be a collaborative open-source project.