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Hacking democracy: a simple, legal way to put the power in the hands of the people

Literally all the problems in the way we're governed right now are due to the people with decision making power being disconnected from their constituents. No one except those running the military industrial complex want our tax dollars to fund endless war. No one except the bankers want our tax dollars to bail them out.

Occupy wall street, anonymous hacking government emails, peaceful protestors yelling at passerbys on weekends, hundreds of thousands of people signing online petitions, anarchists dropping out of college to go live in the woods, these techniques have not proven at all effective in fixing the broken system. No one seems to want to get to the root of the problem, the power structure itself.

I propose an online direct democracy system that any registered voter can use (not only members of a particular political party) that would allow every citizen in a community to propose, edit, upvote, comment, and vote on legislation that impacts their community. But this system is toothless without the hacking democracy part of my plan.

A person (not a politician) runs for office under the platform that he will exclusively use this decentralized decision making process to make decisions. Imagine that instead of his own brain deciding whether or not to pass legislation, he agrees to submit to the whims of the people. He will still be proposing legislation through this system, but now everyone can. If he has good ideas, the citizens will vote for his legislation. If he doesn't, he can just execute the legislation his constituents come up with.

I have a million bulletproof counter-arguments for any criticism of direct democracy & I have the time to explain them to you, but the most important idea you need to consider is this: we need to incrementally improve the system. No one is going to come up with a plan tomorrow that fixes all of society's problems and instantaneous paradigm shifts aren't practical.

Check out my site: http://hackingdemocracy.wordpress.com

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  • Feb 25 2013: Maybe the problem aren't the little politicians or the little guys. I am contending that the CEO's and some wealthy individuals are the problem which is exerbated by Citizens United in America. Would that be reduced by inititive and recall or whatever? I doubt it. We do have special interest groups to which we all belong . I am a life member of the NRA which is dominated by gun manufacturers - not peoplelike me. Do we really want every moron to have a gun or a car or whatever? Also, they are countering the grandchildren of the Prohibitionists who gave us murder incorporated and organized crime. All sides have not really thought this out when we find the vast majority of gun deaths in America are suicides and that Mexico with tough gun laws has twice the murder rate as America. Obvious there are many factors, but this is the land of the salesman and emotional decisions. Maybe some of you like politicians a great deal more than I, but do you feel good knowing that the two(2) oldest political parties in the world have divided almost every stupid idea evenly. Maybe this is what Francis Fukuyama was writing about in the Origin of the Political Order when he wrote of "dry rot."
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      • Feb 26 2013: ZX - I believe that we are saying the same thing basically. I identify the CEO's because - aren't they the brains of the companies which are criticized by Hayek. Just a thought.

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