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A Practical Political Solution

Politics, is simply the way we organise our affairs as groups. Let’s assume we are marooned on an island in the middle of the ocean with 10 other sane adults. The person with the most experience in surviving on the land will quite naturally take the lead. In matters that require group agreement, everyone would express their viewpoint and work out the best solutions.
In a larger group, say a hundred people, a simple voting process with a show of hands could easily determine what the majority wishes. This is assuming that there no warriors in the group with weapons at hand who would take command with might alone, but this is not sane, so let’s leave it out of this.
Let’s ramp up to 5,000 adults. Simple ballots could quickly establish the desire of the majority. This is basic direct democracy. It’s all we truly need to interact as groups. This can be extrapolated to lead a town, a city or even a country. The immense political structure of representatives we have in place today is largely unnecessary and easily corrupted.
In a truly democratic country, the will of the people rules. All that is needed is a system of polling to establish the will of the majority. Marx did not think that the people had the intelligence to rule themselves. History has proven him wrong. The greatest source of wisdom is in the group intellect of the people and that is why the idea of “by the people, for the people” was implemented and dominates in the first world.
The only problem we have is that the will of the people is becoming less and less relevant to the managers of our affairs. Many people do not vote because they don’t see their will reflected in anything more than choosing which individuals will get to ignore them.
With the internet we can now poll the population quickly and easily. That means we have the ability to represent ourselves. The election process of people promising what it takes to get elected and then doing as they please can now be dispensed with.


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    Apr 12 2013: The current Australian federal government has passed over 160 pieces of legislation in the last 2 years. Many other votes have resulted in a negative outcome. I don't have time to research each of these and make an educated decision. I would have to spend my whole weekend reading documents and voting. In stead I send a proxy. The Fedreral member for Shortland.
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      Apr 12 2013: I appreciate you comment. Granted, few people have time to research the issues and that applies to most elected officials, however, some of the issues interest you and attract your attention. Were we to vote only on those that did, then the the decisions would be made by those who were informed. Obviously, major issues would be voted on by a larger percentage of the electorate.

      For example, were we to vote on something volatile, like marijuana legalization, then for and against camps would promote to swing the vote in their favor. No matter how many voters participate, it would be legislation that is controlled by the people.

      The obligation of the government then would be to ensure that we are informed about the issues, so we can choose which we will be voting on. The pro and con camps would have their chance to present their rational and promote as they wish, but the people would make the final decisions. Wide open forums such as these would be very helpfull and allow the participation of all people who care about the issue.

      It would be great if we could have honest unimpeachable representatives that truly represented our will, but that is very far from the way things are today. The corruption of government power by lobbying would be be forced into public view and lose it's effectiveness.

      I suggest you would take a keener interest in the issues if you were informed of what they are beforehand. Perhaps when they are heard, more would want to be involved in decisions that effect their lives. Those who do not, will get what they have now, rule by others. But in this case, it would be by their fellow citizens who are much less vulnerable to pressure
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      Apr 12 2013: Pedro

      Why they passing 160 laws in the first place. Simply put them on part time they can only work 6 months every other year.
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        Apr 12 2013: Even fire them and let the voters rule as they will.

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