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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 29 2013: Third page.


    I’m interested in politics and all kinds of things and even read a lot about different issues. That is how I got started on this one. It is easy for many of us to get overwhelmed with data. But even I know I wouldn’t be interested in voting on all the issues of concern to most and I’m interested. With a population where less than 25% of young adults can answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly on a high school sophomore’s US Government test, I’ll bet there are even fewer that wish to be involved in even a few of the issues requiring decisions effecting all of us. Look at current voter turnout and that is only once every couple of years.

    Taxes - Taxes left up to the population are called donations. We already have taxes left up to voters. Are you happy with the amount and to whom donations given? Would you donate your money to support the drunken bum who can’t keep a job? (You pick the category of person, idea, or thing you would not support) This is an idea I would actually like to see put in place. Let the people decide the amount and where they want their money to go. The problem with this is when was the last time a road was built on donations. Ask anyone working on road projects in Africa or even the local home owners association who donated to build the road.

    Delegation of my vote vs Representation – Just the idea of delegating one’s vote to others is a recipe for disaster. Why would we have such a system? The point of DD is to have everyone vote. If DD doesn’t accomplish that goal, why involve the other risks associated with direct voting. Sven states, “It does not really matter for DD parties, they would like to have a legal commitment from each candidate to adhere to the majority vote but the candidate could still do their own thing…” So how is this different then representation as the US does now?

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    • Jun 30 2013: Current state of education for young adults in the US - This decline has happened under a representative system, which has evolved into a money making arm of the US corporate system. The populations intelligence is not considered a priority. You would expect that to change under a DD.

      Voter turnout - Why is voter turnout so low, whether it is because people are too stupid to vote, to overwhelmed by the issues, think all politicians are crooks, you would expect DD, which allows them to voice opinion on issues (instead of voting on smiles) might instil more desire. In the current system if you care about issues, like yourself, then in addition to studying the issues you also have to study the candidates, which one will vote which way (they are usually non-committal on the important issues) and which best fits into your profile, they may vote your opinion on some issues, differently on others, how does that work for you? Then the candidates are juggled each cycle creating constant confusion. To me this is a completely flawed way of passing on my mandate to government.

      Taxes - this is likely an area that the population may mess up at the start, but when the roads fail or the teachers strike people are going to have to grow up. I actually think the majority is smarter than this. Taxes are donations now because in theory we have a government of the people by the people for the people.

      Delegation of my vote vs Representation "how is this different then representation as the US does now" - someone asked me this before, the difference in having fluid delegation is huge. You can vote yourself if you want to, you can change your delegation to anyone at anytime. Saying this is the same as the current representative system is crazy.

      You already wrote yourself you "wouldn’t be interested in voting on all the issues of concern", this is my argument for delegation. Most people do not have the desire or energy to always vote, but should still be counted.

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