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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 30 2013: Sven, Thanks for the responses. When the www first came out I thought we would be able to transition to an E2D type system and would quite quickly in fact. I believe in theory it would be a superior way for a society to govern itself. But over time I have seen the shortsightedness of people. Maslow's Hierarchy of Need, which I see often in others and myself, until the majority reaches the Esteem level they will place a low priority on governing society. I believe most live at the Safety level and the next largest group is at the Love/Belonging level. I believe most would trade their vote for short term safety.

    Another issue related to this is probablity and statistics, the bell curve, and representative sampling. A random sample of 1500 can with 95% accuracy predict the the actions of a population of millions. So instead of delagating one's vote, you must do the voting yourself or the vote is simply not part of the sample. And if you get more than 10% of the available votes you, you have a hugh sample and likely they are those that are interested in the subject and likely have a more informed opinion. Me personally, I would prefer voting be slightly difficult so those that do vote have some interest in ensuring their voices are heard. Often something given for free is not appreciated as something you have to work for.

    Again, thanks for your responses.
    • Jun 30 2013: Hi Milo
      These are good points, you definitely do not need delegation in a dd system, and I personally would be happy to accept a non-delegation dd party, but feel delegation might be an issue needed to sway lay voters to accept and support a dd political party.

      I struggle with psychological theories like Maslow's, whether people are psychologically "ready" to govern themselves, to me this is an issue of striving for self governance, I believe people should have this basic right whether they are ready for it or not.

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