- Spencer Ferri
Just a thinker, and a talker!
An alternative to the current western democratic model, called Tiered Democratic Governance, or "TDG"
I didn't come up with this idea so much as a man named Dave Volek. I talk with him frequently, however, and he has a hard time with the internet so I've been trying to bring the idea to the internet's attention for him - so here we go.
Tiered Democratic Governance (TDG) is a proposed alternative electoral system Dave Volek wrote after considering what he believes are twelve terrible flaws with our current system. These "Twelve Limitations of Western Democracy" may be found summarized as pictures on this link:
His alternative system is a bottom-up strategy where a small voting district called a Neighborhood forms the basis for the whole democracy. These Neighborhoods are restricted in size to no more then a few hundred voters. Within the Neighborhood, people vote for a Neighborhood Representative, with there being few restrictions on who may be voted for (effectively meaning the person one most trusts within ones governance becomes the target of votes).
Groups of 15-20 Neighborhoods form Districts. The Neighborhood Representatives vote among themselves for who may represent their tier, and the process escalates to a top political tier which Dave believes should be council of a few leaders.
Enhancing the system are advisory-boards, formed of educated specialists in whatever field, who provide consultation to representatives. The advisory groups would hold no authority over political fields and individuals may only either serve as a Tier Rep or on an Advisory Council.
The belief is that by shifting to this system and removing parties from the equation, we create a system of more trusted leaders who are chosen by people in a real position to judge the character of the people they vote for.
Dave's book is published online for free on his webpage. If the format for his idea is difficult for you to work with, message me for a link to the .pdf.
Closing Statement from Spencer Ferri
Some people have helped point out the trickiness of the nature of responsibility vs choice in a TDG electoral system. What happens if no one in a neighborhood wants to be a representative?
It seems cold to say "Well, there isn't much responsibility, so suck it up."
It also seems challenging to think about how the position would be enforced.
Perhaps the responsibilities are so few for a neighborhood representative that one could potentially wear the title without having to change ones routine. It could be the representative is expected to "govern at yours and your communities pace".
It seems widely agreed (between posts here and elsewhere) that change is needed, and that this idea is valid, though young.
But 'tis the point of this place, to mold ideas into better ones.
The conversation has ended, but the idea has not. Consider the arguments linked which demonstrate that our current electoral system is greatly flawed. Consider this new electoral system as a potential replacement, or as a contribution to a newer system.