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

The weakness of Tit-for-Tat

November 19, 2012

“Tit-for-tat” is the moral principle that tells you to respond to your partners action in the same way. It often leads to trust and cooperation between two partners, but there is also a devastating weakness: A conflict is very difficult to abort and the more a part hurts the other, the more it hurt itself. Israel and Gaza suffers from this Tit-for-tat weakness and we feel very sorry for them. Tit-for-tat is a standard moral principle in business, but in politics it can lead to war.

The conflict calls for a shift into another moral principle, “The Golden Rule”. Israel’s Iron Dome is a promising approach in this direction. If Israel can defend itself against terrorists without killing people in Gaza they own the deepest respect. If Hamas also will start to practice “The Golden Rule” the conflict can eventually fade away.

The little horse is released

November 12, 2012

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The little horse from Athens – the story of Demoex – is released. Hopefully this book can inspire the democratic movements around the world. Click to buy The little horse from Athens.

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".

Direct democracy online

July 4, 2012

Direct democracy online is based on a simple idea: to offer direct democratic referendums on matters of substance over the Internet. The aim is to change the political system so that people can participate and vote on matters concerning themselves, and come up with new proposals. The goal is to transfer the power from behind closed doors to online debates, prevent power abuse and corruption, create a common public debate and increase democracy.

Starting a movement
Nobody gives away his power voluntarily. Therefore, direct democracy online must be established through democratic elections where people vote for a direct democratic party. Aki Orr’s Direct Democracy Manifesto argues for starting a direct democratic movement. First step is to gather a group of people who believe in the idea and are willing to work for it. The group need not be large to begin with but it is important that members do not want to make a career, but is driven by the desire to change the political system. Try to gather people who are used to communicate and have large networks. Decide how you will distribute the work and help each other to make new contacts. Work confidential until the supporters are so many that you can launch the movement as a force to count with. Find an appropriate tool on the web, a platform to debate and democratic decisions, such as Helios.

Statutes
Agree on the party statutes. The requirements of the statutes differ in different countries, but these should be common:
The aim should be to give all voters the right to have a voice in every political issue and to propose new laws. Then the party must be neutral, otherwise you can not organize democratic votings.
The goal should be to make it easier to influence society and reduce corruption by increasing transparency. In addition, the party should help create, support and promote communication and cooperation between neutral direct democratic online parties throughout the world, i.e. by joining E2D International.
The method is based on platform services. The platform should make it possible to vote on matters of fact and to debate in each point. It should require registration in order to secure the identity of the voters. Only registered citizens should have the right to vote and it should preferably be free of charge. The platform should be a neutral media, a place where people with different opinions can gather, debate and vote. It should be possible to change their vote right up until the voting closes.
Representatives should preferably be selected by a lottery to avoid unnecessary hierarchies in the party. Before each new term, new representatives will then be drawn. They should vote that so they reflect the results of Internet voting statistically according to D’Hondt method. They should also submit the proposals that a majority of members support. A representative should also argue on the basis of members’ debate on the net.

Registration
The next step is to register the party. Various parts of the world have different requirements. Find out what is required by your electoral authority. The better democracy operates, the lower is the regulatory requirements. It may be helpful to have a big meeting before the registration in order to form the party. Let the core group become the first Board in association with the task of organizing work, planning the first electoral campaign and seek the necessary permissions. In a free country it is a good idéa to go out in the public media and invite as many people as possible to the meeting. You may need to collect subscriptions. Try to get everyone at the meeting to help you collect names, but expect that there will people from other parties at the meeting in order to spy.

Election campaign
A tip is to start the election campaign with a big party where you collect some money. Although much of the promotion can be done for free on the internet you will need to make t-shirts, flyers and ballots. My tip is to make a fun election campaign that sees and hears a lot. Paint election signs together, play theater and music in the streets,shoot and publish the events on the web. Tell about the direct democracy online movement for everyone you meet and try to get TV, radio and newspapers to pay attention to your party. In Sweden the local party Demoex made this and suceeded in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Good luck!

Direction: democracy

June 1, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

This is no analysis, rather a reminder. If we want to abroad the gaps between nations, generations and different educations we have to move in democratic direction. Become more equal. Don´t be afraid. And put a little love in our heart!

Equality on the Internet

April 15, 2012

Internet is often described as democratic because it’s openness and all users opportunity to express themselves – even anonymously. But all that is written, filmed and blogged bears clear traces of the author’s background, education and economic status, so we carry class-status hierarchies onto the internet.

These background factors are not fair. We are born in the world without the possibility to choose circumstances. The democratic society compensates for this unfairness by giving all humans equal democratic rights and we all have to decide if we want to use this equality.

The dream of a more democratic world has got a promising tool, but it is not utilized. Almost all activities are now in the parallel world online. An important exception is the political decision-making. The Internet makes it possible to extend the voting right, so it is here that democracy ought to expand. Neither anonymity or freedom of speech gives us equal democratic value, but a digital voting does.

The Syrian problem

April 11, 2012

Have you ever seen a child fight? You would like to intervene, but it is not always possible because it is not your problem. But what if you were the police, would you still fail to stop it? Now the child are the Syrians and the police are the United Nations.

Alarming reports from Human Rights Watch tells about crime being committed. The Syrian regime refuse to facilitate more documentation, just as Gadaffi did in Libya.  It is important for the UN to make clear that all crimes committed in the civil war will be punished.

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President Bashar al-Assad is a part of the problem himself. The civilized way to solve a problem is to use the International Criminal Court. Since Syria have many distinct ethnic groups, the only peaceful way to solve the conflict is to help Syria establish democracy.

Lack of democracy is also a problem in the UN. The United Nations Security Council (the power of veto) prevents the UN from gaining the democratic process in Syria. Democracy comes from democracy, as you sow so shall you reap.

Inspiration: Victor

April 11, 2012
Our autistic son Victor has inspired to Demoex

That you cannot talk doesn’t mean you have no needs. Victor needs love, food and caring. Collective beings like Demoex share the same need.