Democracy’s new fight

Democracy in the western world has a new fight on its hands.

After defeating emperors, dictators and monarchs it now has to rid itself of the tyranny of political parties.

It is time for individuals voting for individuals.

That could be the Internet’s next great thing.


3 Responses to “Democracy’s new fight”

  1. 1 Kjartan December 6, 2008 at 11:15 am

    How would you enact that change? Because the danger would be that an admittedly bad system would be turned into an even worse de facto two-party system. If it would be one representitive per constituency, that would be the logical and inevitable conclusion. Then we’d be worse off than when we started.

  2. 2 drafnsson December 6, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I didn’t propose an absolute solution. Democracy is a living thing, not fixed.

    Just because changing a broken thing could end up with it not becoming perfect doesn’t mean that the broken thing should not be changed at all. Right now we are in quicksand, move and we might sink further. Don’t move and we sink anyways. You are sinking anyways.

    My point was that now we have a much better tool than before in the Internet. It might be our way out of the quicksand.

  3. 3 Kjartan December 6, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I absolutely agree the system should be changed in the direction of more direct democracy. In fact, if it hadn’t been for this latest crisis I probably would have stopped voting at all, such was my disillusionment with this pathetic system we’ve had. I think a new constitution and a new republic is needed. The old one is dead and there’s no use in trying to breathe life into the already rotting corpse.
    I’ve never been entirely convinced that voting individuals rather than parties would solve anything. That would mean keeping track of campaign donations would be even more difficult than it already is and the danger is that if the rule was 1 constituency = 1 representative we would end up with a hopelessly undemocratic bipartisan system like they have in the UK and US.
    One idea I’ve put forth half-jokingly is that the parliament should be like jury duty in others countries. Everyone can be summoned to serve, for say a month, voting on motions of law from the executive branch (given that the new republic would have a clear distinction between the branches of government, like you’ve pointed out many times). Your employers would pay your wages while you were serving “parliament duty” much like when people go on maternity/paternity leave.

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