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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 26 2013: The problem of leaders being isolated from the communities could also be born of the fact that political power and financial power usually form an alliance. Now, political power is given by the masses, or so it seems; but financial power helps sustain political power, such that big money begins to control political power like a puppet.

    Online communities would not be as effective as real life communities because their impacts are usually short-lived. They are trends that come and go. (like the Joseph Kony campaign that made it seem as if the dude would be caught in a few days, but now we know better) .
    The real paradigm shift is a new society that places value on character and integrity of leaders; not on charisma and personality. If we have true servant leaders, then we are on the right path. But as long as we have well branded crooks and all sorts of shady folks.......then.........goodluck.
    • Feb 26 2013: >financial power helps sustain political power

      Not with hacking democracy. Unless you were rich enough to bribe every person using the internet, money would lose most (not all) of it's power over the direction of society.

      >Online communities would not be as effective as real life communities because their impacts are usually short-lived.

      Are they? How long have you had this account? How many people have had a social networking account for the past 8 years? You realize that congress already puts all legislation online for everyone to see, right? You can even track the voting record particular candidates. http://www.govtrack.us/ Is this website transient? Because this is the type of website I would be proposing, a combination of social networking and government tracking.

      >The real paradigm shift is a new society that places value on character and integrity of leaders; not on charisma and personality.

      You really think humans are going to fundamentally change how they behave? I disagree. Humans are always going to act in a self-interested manner. It doesn't matter how much weed *you* smoke, there's always going to be at least some people who only want to benefit themselves. Hacking democracy makes it so the legislation we pass cannot only benefit a particular class of people, because everyone would have a say.

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