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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 17 2013: We need a global government. But how do we launch such a Leviathan

    A global government to focus on issues like, Global Resource Management, Environmental Conservation, Human Rights Laws, Preserving the Human Race.

    An organization like the UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, except with the sovereignty to actually make decisions stick. If democracy is in the best interest of the human race, then why isn't the UN democratic? Why do 5 countries in the Security Council have the ability to cancel decisions made by the General Assembly. Why can the decision of 1 or 2 countries, prevail over the consensus of 152 countries. Why can't the International Community successfully prevent the human rights abuse, war, and environmental degradation that plagues our society?

    A global government could potentially work. It could be a representative democracy. It could have the ability to enforce decisions made by the International Community. All countries would have to agree to the creation of this sovereign government, and then comply to enforcing its decisions with concrete actions.

    This global government would need to be backed by a large enough military power, or have the ability to sanction effectively, so that no one or two countries could possibly ignore or defy it. This is possible with complete International cooperation.

    And who would rule such a Leviathan and carry out its many tasks? It would require so many people. It would be a massive organization. We'd need an online, global Voting System. Only one political party, the International Community itself as a whole. Through a global voting system, each person from any country on the planet (over 18) could have access to a vote online. This is entirely possible over the Internet.

    It would have to be free of corruption and voter fraud of course, but there must be a way to make digital voting 100% secure and transparent. This can work if the whole world agrees to work together. But how do we convince every country to participate?
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      Apr 17 2013: Hi Ian; It can be simpler that it first appears to be. We need only togather the votes in large enough numbers to affect decisions. Very few political bodies can ignore th e expressed will of a majority of the people. We can and must take control of OUR planet and rule it sanely. It would take the inut of many.

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