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Democracy 2.0

October 7, 2012   ·   0 Comments

I was sixteen when I first gave any real thought to what politics were needed to make life work for everybody. I wrote a paper for a communications class . I had no background or knowledge of politics. It was never talked of in my home.  The exercise was to write what I would do if there were home-rule for the county in which I lived. The lecturer described my essay as “outright communism”.

Since then I have had an active adult life as far as politics are concerned. In that time  I have come to the absolute conclusion that the political and democratic process has been so corrupted and ruined that it is no longer  able to provide for the majority of the people it is supposed to represent. More significantly, the process is damaged to the point of no-return.

The modern democracy is run under an archaic system that expects one smart person to still traipse hundreds of miles to a centralised gathering to represent a population of tens of thousands. A system in this modern inter-connected world that is absolutely pointless. We do not need these representatives and we do not need these  “super delegates” to decide our needs.

In time we have seen people across societies beholden and subjugated by four things – Religion – Dictators and or Monarchs – The State – Money or Capital. Possibly in that order. The final fallacy, that of Capitalism/Money, has also failed and so all avenues of providing for the people have not only been explored but have all failed. All of these four aspects still make themselves felt in any modern democracy and are all poison to the absolute necessity that everyone on this planet has a right to be provided for.

I also dismiss the argument that, “Democracy is flawed but its the best we have got”. That’s hot-air churned by redundant politicians saving their own high salaried bacon.

If I am to commit to endorsing Anarchism I have to be reasonably convinced that society can function and provide without leaders or elected administration.  To me Anarchism means  – “without rulers”. I believe that in 2012 it is not difficult to have a society that is operated by society and not an increasingly oligarchical elite. That we already have the tools and the  solutions to hand. When I discuss this with others I check myself by  a process that sticks to some fundamentals that any anarchist would subscribe to: Do No Harm, No Authority, Provide for All. The following points, which I put to debate, stand the test of these principles. I believe all these points form part of a whole.

Wiki Politics

So who will make policies for an Anarchic society? Everyone. If wikipedia can be trusted, on balance to provide the truth, why can’t a wiki manifesto be provided to come up with solutions to benefit society. Everyone can contribute edit and refine a proposal online to the point that the society can endorse. This is much the way that Parliament refines it’s laws anyway  but everyone in the society can contribute and everyone in the society can endorse.  These do not even need to happen over fixed terms. It will continue to be ongoing and organic. The technology is there.

The Jury System

In most modern societies we decide the fates in courts. The experts provide the reasoning. The laypersons provide the verdict. The same could happen with politics. Depending on the importance of the issue, a group of people could be selected at random from the society to pass a verdict on a pressing topic. For example monetary policy. Again this is no different to what happens in the political process except the people are selected at random and on balance. How would they be any less valued, when presented with the facts, to make the right decision?

Devolution

The major problem with any unequal society is the centralising of a large state controlled by a ruling elite. The above systems could be more easily enacted by reducing the control to more local communities. In the UK I would suggest that this can easily work at County level. Counties are responsible, amongst others, for healthcare, housing, policing and education. They could easily be the the main function of administration and is arguably the top tier for community affiliation, think Yorkshire Lass, Norfolk Boy. The produce from a county can easily be exchanged with other counties and easily create an aggregate exchange mechanism for trade whilst the society gets used to not just the leaderless ideal but the collective responsibility by all in the welfare of  and contribution to that society.

The Abolition of the State

The single worst thing that has occurred during our history has been the creation of the nation state. It has no place in a equal world, absolutely none. To think even the concept of a passport as means of travel is a 20th century concept. The European Community is built on the ideal if that we are all one nation we won’t fight each other. Think of that at a global level? Imagine that and imagine it with the above practice in place. No barriers to travel, to trade, to where you choose to be.

The Total Abolition of Debt

For all Governments and individuals as a precursor to the above. This is absolutely essential to the foundations of the above.

I have not discussed the above beyond simple overviews for an absolute reason and that is to open the fundamental debate that modern society with power invested in the few absolutely fails, has failed and will continue to fail the people.

I am not naive enough to understand that this is a far-fetched utopia – and it is – but only because no individual or institution with power is ever likely to give it up. I do believe that an anarcho-syndacalist existence will re-appear in pockets around the world because the “many”  will not take much more of the aggressive preservation of capital for the “few”. Especially when it is dressed up under the pretence of “necessary” austerity. Already they are taking to the streets in Spain, Portugal, Greece  and short of the global establishments desired distraction of – say – World War III – nothing is on the agenda that will make the masses feel any less desperate.

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