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Does your country have an Electronic Direct Democratic (E2D) party?

I'm curious to find TEDsters who know of, or are members of any E2D party that might exist in your home country.

I'd like to hear some of the success stories you've had and how the general implementation of the party is going.

I'd also really like to talk to and/or help anyone thinking of starting a new E2D party in a country.

In case you haven't heard of E2D (which most of you likely haven't) I'll provide a link to the manifesto here: http://e2d-international.org/manifesto/


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  • Jun 20 2013: it sounds like a good idea, until you think about it. say there's a new bill before parliament regarding regulations on the standards of public construction projects such as bridges. would you want the majority of the population voting on it when most people have no idea about structural engineering principles? ordinary people don't have the time or resources to collect all the appropriate information on every topic and verify it before voting, so we have to defer to those who do. also if we all voted on every little thing, we'd be even more under the control of companies who'd benefit from our 'yes' vote by their advertising power and manipulation potential - you'd make the very problem you are trying to avoid worse.
    • Jun 21 2013: Correct individuals do not have specialized knowledge to decide on bridge construction, but do the representatives we vote in now have that knowledge? Or does the public know how to judge which representatives do?

      Peoples position on these issues are going to be swayed by professional opinion, any reasonable person is not going to directly decide on the structural engineering of any project, they will decide according to the history and expertise of the various tenders, has this construction company made strong bridges in the past, does the public department of professional structural regulators approve of this company and their plans..

      So instead of relying on elected representatives who may or may not be getting a kickback from the successful tender, under a DD the public can employ professionals to assess tenders and report the results directly back to the public, who then make a decision according to the merits and trustworthiness of each offer.

      The control media and advertisers have over our vote exist now when voting for representatives, those same powerful companies then focus their regulatory corruption directly at the representatives through golden parachutes, campaign finance, all their tricks, it is not even illegal, the politicians profit from this so do not legislate against it.

      Under a DD the companies have to constantly convince and manipulate the majority, most people know when they are being manipulated, when McDonalds targets children with images of fun bright partytime, children do not know they are being manipulated to be "happy" to go to McDonalds, but adults know what is going on, or at least the majority do. Adults know when their vote is being bought just like politicians do. If the public felt the manipulation was so unethical it had to be stopped if they had a DD system they could regulate against it and stop it from happening.

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