Archive for the ‘e-democracy’ Category

Lottery selects direct democracy candidates

March 23, 2014

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The Direct Democrats in Vallentuna (Sweden) picked candidates for their ballot in the next election by randomness. The candidates wrote their names on table-tennis balls and placed them in a tombola, but first they let the goddesses of Fate decide if a man or a woman should be at the top of the list and they choose a woman (of course)!

http://www.magisto.com/album/video/fngqBVlcQ0p5KjoHDmEwCXx5

The lottery was an attempt to revive an ancient democratic tradition. In the Golden Age of Athens they never choose a leader, instead they used the Kleroterion to select them. Democracy is based on the idea that we all have equal value. To choose a leader is to give someone a higher value and it goes against the basic democratic principle.

The political missions lasted for a year, which meant a constant circulation of people in decision-making positions. To reach a similar effect the Direct Democrats in Vallentuna decided to let the top four candidates lead the party one year each during the following mandatory period. They are:

1. Karin Forsell
2. Lennart Hedman
3. Aida Ericsson
4. Per Norbäck

(The picture shows Karin Forsell dropping the “winning ball” in the tombola.)

Mercy for Morsi

July 17, 2013

egypt

Egypt is a headache for democracy supporters worldwide.

We enjoy free elections.

President Mohamed Morsi,
who won the election, was overthrown by a military coup.
We don’t like that.

At the same time we supported the 17 million secular Egyptians demonstrating against Morsi, even though they are a minority in a country with more than 80 million inhabitants.

If democracy is merely a way to elect the leader, large groups will be oppressed; but there are tools in a modern democracy for extended right to take part in politics. Everyone can do it, but the most are not interested. A voting has three alternatives: yes, no – or the most comfortable; to abstain. Even if a majority abstains, a decision must be valid, as long as everyone is informed and have the right to vote.

My view is that President Morsi should be reinstated, but his power should be restricted. There should be a public debate and the activists should be rewarded with greater influence. For example: if a ten-million-minority protest against a new resolution a popular referendum should be held.

Although the military may have the best intentions, they’re better stay away from politics. Arguments and votes should be the political weapons rather than soldiers and arms.

Democratic vitality in Italy

March 5, 2013

Direct Democracy on the Internet got its big break in the Italian election 25.02.13 by Movimento 5 stelle, M5S. The comedian Beppe Grillo and the financier Gianroberto Casaleggio describes M5S as a new form of politics that uses the Internet to consult voters directly. That the breakthrough occurred in Italy was no coincidence. The italian mix of modernity and corruption – the tradition, frustration and desire for change – was needed.

That M5S got 25 % of the votes means that the political system in Italy is changed. If the movement stick to their direct democratic principles, the political sardine tin can be opened and the contents will be analyzed sequence by sequence online. This openness prevents political corruption and means a great victory for democracy, provided that the other parties will cooperate with M5S. But Silvio Berlusconi and Pier Luigi Bersani has surely other plans. They have already begun to push Beppe Grillo to exercise power over M5S. "He needs to decide what to do, or we must all begin to pack up, including Grillo," Pier Luigi Bersani have said. In order to maintain control Mr Bersani will be presenting a political discourse that he wants M5S to approve.

The international media reactions are interesting. Beppe Grillo is portrayed as another Berlusconi populist. Media that normally celebrates democracy now heckles Italy for voting for another clown. But M5S is a democracy movement that should not be controlled by one person. Democratic decisions cannot be predicted if you don’t have total control, and then the decisions are no longer democratic! The free market is also impossible to predict but we still praise it for the ability to create growth. Market economy and politics influence each other; usually the more stable party must adapt to the other. With less predictable politics the market might be forced to calm down and take a long-term responsibility.

Towards a Global Referendum

December 26, 2012

 

Not suprisingly, the United Nation’s climate conference in the oil city of Doha failed. We still don’t have a plan for how to reduce the greenhouse effect and to prevent heating of the earth. Now we must realize that the UN is unable to make the required decisions. No existing organization can do it, because the environmental problems are long-time and global, while the world’s countries and global companies are ruled by short-time self-interest. We need to create a democratic organization that is authorized to legislate on a climate change agreement that all nations are bound to follow. Our mission is to create a directly-elected, representative, transparent and democratic world parliament with the right to pass global laws.

The world’s most important issues (war, environment, human rights, economy…) are all global. We will need a democratic world parliament so that the people of the world are able to influence these world-wide issues. Opponents to a democratic world parliament suggest that such an organization would limit a nations’ sovereignty. However, it is precisely this self-interested sovereignty that is at the root of the problem. Opponents also argue that it is impossible to have all nations to cooperate peacefully. If the concept of democracy works at the city (municipal), state (province) and national levels – there is no reason why it can not work at the global level.

Avaaz has made global political engagement much easier. The next step is to give all Internet users a renewed political influence through a global referendum, see Rescue Plan for Planet Earth. Let’s organize the world’s first global referendum as a chain letter – meaning that once a person votes – that person makes sure that at least 2 other people vote. If a majority of the world citizens (over 16 years) participate in the referendum and at least 2/3 of them support the idea the resulting referendum will be legally binding, if not politically compelling. If we organize a huge global internet referendum we can really change the world. The plan is not at all hard to execute, it’s just big.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Chainletter_for_a_global_referendum/?fOwWzbb&pv=0

Towards a Global Democracy

November 11, 2012

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Great news to help spread the idea of a global referendum! Jim Starks book that describes how such a referendum can be made is now available as a free digital download.

To get your free digital download of Rescue Plan for Planet Earth –
please visit https://VoteWorldParliament.org and click the format you
would like. The book is available as a PDF file, or as a digital download for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Vote World Parliament thanks everyone for spreading the word about the free "Rescue Plan for Planet Earth".