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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 28 2013: You are dodging the key issue of my point: TIME... Human Time!!!. I positively do not believe a congressman/woman is in a better position for making informed decisions just because he/she wears a suit!, or has more brains than me or the average citizen. Positively NOT!. I do believe however, he/she is in a better position to make informed decisions because he/she has the TIME!, he/she has no other thing to do than reading, thinking and discussing legislation. I even dare to say that if I could read, think and discuss legislation the same amount of TIME an average congressman does, I could perform equal or above the average congressmen, but I can't because I have a full time job, a family, and I'm also building a house. So: TIME is the key issue here. One more thing in which you are completely wrong, the average citizen does care about politics and about what happens on his/her neighborhood, state and country, but he/she just doesn't have the TIME to get involved too much!

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