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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: You forget the tyranny of democracy. What if the Americans were tired of the Canadians for what ever reason. So we pass a law that from now on all Canadians in the U.S. have to serve 10yr as indentured servants. Since Canadians are out numbered the majority wins.
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      Apr 12 2013: Hi Pat; I guess that is always the risk, no matter what form of government we have. Personally, I don't think the majority of the population would support such a move, especially when wars are caused by a very few, using the power of the many.

      I think the tyranny of politics is a current issue we need to face. We are victimized by an out of control political system right now. Most of our food is treated with dangerous chemicals for the sole purpose of inreasing profits, with little concern for the consumer. We are conned into military action to suit political representatives more interested in the pofiteers than the truth. We are over taxed so that elected officials can be paid large executive wages for the rest of their lives, even though most move straight to very high paying jobs with the corporations they supported while in office. The list is long.

      Direct democracy would change that. The voters are the ones in power. We just need to exercise it.
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        Apr 12 2013: I agree with much of what you said except the prediction of direct democracy.

        The root problem is an ignorant constituency.

        One example is Paul Martin, in your country schooling you hosers about how to get your national spending in order and it Worked. Admittedly the Americans are much slower on the uptake but I still think it could be done.
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          Apr 15 2013: It can be noticed that people spend less when they are short of cash. Now that the US credit limit is passed, the dream of unlimited wealth is over. When a young family first discovers credit, they have a great time with their credit card, until the limit is reached, and the party is over. The party is over, my dear neighbours. Now it's time to face the way things really are and get out of debt. If the elected officials can't or won't do it, then the system needs to be changed. Taxpayers can easily play a much stronger role, now that communications are more free.
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      Apr 12 2013: I don't Understand your logic; Because the majority can choose to suppress the minority, we shouldn't give the people power? than to whome?

      The more democratic a country is the less likely it is to go out to war, in a direct relation. No relation between its democracy "meter" and getting into war, but that's a diffrent story.

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