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Hello, Mr Putin!

April 15, 2014

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I don´t think you will read this, but I would like to remind you that political priorities can be sorted by posing the question: I want to do what is Good, but for whom should this be good?

The possible answers I can find are:
1. Good for me and my friends
2. Good for my tribe, Country or Nation
3. Good for God, the culture or something “higher”
3. Good for Humanity
4. Good for all nature – not only humans

There are no sharp borders between the steps, but the World History moves slowly from 1 to 5. Here is my advice: Move forward. Politicians who goes backwards will be forgotten.

Your priorities now seems to be at step 2. It is time to take the next step forward instead of defending the nation. We have something in common. I love Russian culture; the authors, the music. But I hate war, even cold war.

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.)

A Lesson from the recent History

January 19, 2014

Mandiba

Already at Nelson Mandelas funeral it was clear that he will be remembered by the world as a one-of-a-billion hero, so let us not forget what made him special: he fought for freedom and justice by challenging the dominant power.

He started the fight with non-violent protests, became a political prisoner and spent the years from 1962-1990 in jail. He was branded as a terrorist by the South African apartheid regime and thus he became the very symbol for injustice, the spark needed to start a fire spreading by itself. When he was released the world had changed.

"Mandiba" is a true fairy-tale, a lesson from the recent history that tell us that some enemies of today likely will become the heroes of tomorrow. An interesting thing is that we already can assume who they are: those who fight for freedom and justice by challenging the dominant power. Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Pussy Riot, just to name-drop a few. They are not going to be seen as terrorists in the future.

Organisations have no feelings

October 9, 2013

What is an organisation? What is the least common multiple of all companies and institutions? They all have a mission and a structure, they depend very much on the staff. But do they care about the future?

Organisations are advanced, artificial structures without biological content. An organisation may be built up like a biological cell, but it doesn’t have any feelings. By good advertising we sometimes associate a company with emotions, but the company doesn’t feel anything for us. We are only means, our money is the input.

Political parties once was founded to strengthen the people’s right. A democratic party was a way to articulate the common public will. The party was like a megaphone, speaking the grassroots will to those in power. Now this has changed, at least in Sweden. The megaphone turns in the other direction, telling the people to vote for the parties in next election, as if they have an own will. But they don’t. A political party is like any other organisation. 

Almost all humans and animals seems to have emotions, but I doubt organisations have. They can have human missions, but they have no hearts, no feelings at all. If humankind eventually will cease to exist no political party neither global company will cry. So why do we let the organisations rule the world instead of the people?

Inconsistency

August 24, 2013

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A rational world order must be consistent. The same laws must apply everywhere. Crimes against humanity, wherever they are committed, must be documented and brought to justice in the International Criminal Court. The International Law Consider terrorism to be deliberate attacks on civilians by either Governments or other groups. Most of the terror in Egypt and Syria seems to come from the state.

Without a consistent order one cannot judge in a conflict between others. Egypt’s military deposed the elected president Mursi through a coup d’etat, there is no other way to describe it. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a television interview that the Egyptian army was "restoring democracy" and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that they focus on how to best support initiatives to restore peace and forge reconciliation.

The problem is that General El-Sisi has launched massacres. On July 8 the army killed more than 50 democracy activists. On July 27, at least 80 more were killed. On August 14 Several hundreds were killed. In Syria Bashar al-Assad got a clear message from this passive support, that he is sovereign to use gas against the Syrians if he want to.
If Egypt’s military regime may get away with impunity so the violence of power will persist. But genocide is genocide wherever it occurs.

An inconsistent and unjust world beds for escalating conflicts and war. To prevent it, lets give a clear signal to President Bashar al-Assad, General El-Sisi, and all others who use deadly force to tacit protesting people: Eventually you will be prosecuted by ICCR and sent to prison.

Flee, fight or stand still?

August 7, 2013

 

Fight, flee or stand still – how do you respond to an attack? Different systems have different kind of self-defence, some fleeing while others defend themselves aggressively. This applies to both biological and artificial systems, such as animals and power structures.

If – say – an impopular leadership is challenged by the people they can drive it away, but the victory is only temporary. The hierarchy will try to return. If the old leader disappears, others will fight to become the new leader and keep their privileges.

At a peaceful transition to democracy, one can expect new wannabee-leaders queuing up to take over. The democratic challenge is to not let them do it, but to stand peacefully as one person and change the whole system, although it may hurt and take some time.

It is not about to choose another leader, but to replace an old system of hierarchy with a new “flat” system where all have the same voting rights – not only at the General Election Days but also in between. The principle is from Aki Orr’s Direct Democracy Manifesto: EVERY CITIZEN – ONE VOTE – ON EVERY POLITICAL DECISION

Mercy for Morsi

July 17, 2013

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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.

The New Italian Spring

April 4, 2013

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Despite the vast youth unemployment I suggest the future will remember “the New Italian Spring” as a Victory of Love and Compassion in 2014. The new Pope Francis’ humility gives hope for a moral revival in the Vatican State. In the same period the direct democratic party M5S enters the Italian Parliament.

Aristotle uses the word “phronesis” to mean morale in theory and practice. According to Aristotle phronesis is prudence. Both Beppo Grillo in M5S and Francis in the Catholic Church seems to be prudent. Like his namesake Francis of Assisi the new Pope live a simple life, and Beppo Grillo doesn’t want more power than anybody else in the M5S party. They are both free from practical contradictions in the same way as a map is a true picture of reality: by correspondence.

Phronesis requires the ability to rationally consider actions which can deliver desired effects, but there is still a big problem: the effects happens after the causes and then it´s to late to act different. Thus we need to act carefully. I believe that voluntary, reciprocal love between two adult persons hardly can be morally wrong, but if they are not careful the result can be very negative.

Phronesis combines humility with a scientific attitude. The project of Science is to make “the Tree of Knowledge” a better map of “the Tree of Life”. It presupposes cooperation between people and fair competition between ideas. We must not always defend our old ideas. To change opinion in the light of new information is a virtue, even for a Pope.

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