Make democracy great again!

As a young man I lived in a world filled with the madness of war on the brink of a nuclear holocaust.           I had a dream.

I dreamed that when I was old I would be living in a world free of war, corruption and oppression. I dreamed I would be living on a planet where a peaceful human race shares the bounty of our planet with all life forms.

Now I am old. I share an amazing world enhanced by technology but my dream of border crossings dissolving into welcome centers filled with people who have a deep trust in one another has not occurred. Instead I live in a world filled with the madness of war on the brink of nuclear holocaust run by madmen.  To accomplish this dream we need political change.

As an old man I want to pass on the dream of peace and justice to a new generation.

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall not sit in? Greek proverb

The needed political change is simple


"Political Equality" 

Problem: Citizens only control political authority to select a government, but no authority to make law. In a representative democracy laws are made with questionable authority causing divisiveness, inefficiencies and anger. No one knows if there is a consensus of citizens who agree with laws made using representative democracy.

Solution: Make a system where it is know that there is (legitimacy) a consensus of citizens who support new laws. Only bills where there is a know consensus can be passed into law giving each new law know legitimacy.

Goal: Without government intervention, over a period of time, gently migrate our democracies from a representative democracy to a participative model.

    Plan:

  • Expose the idea and create a brand.

  • Recruit interested individuals who understand the need and benefits of this change.

  • As a group encourage educators to teach the fundamentals of politics so citizens know they own a piece of political authority (POPA).  Encourage educators to teach about the benefits of upgrading to a participative model. 

  • Encourage universities to open faculties of political engineering.

  • Encourage software engineering students to produce an app which gives each citizen access to their political account and the control to move their political authority 24/7 365 days a year to a politician with the vested interest of each citizen.

  • Measure percentage of consensus (legitimacy) by adding up the number of citizens each politician represents at the time of the final vote and publish results.

Outcome: You (the citizen) sign up on a political app giving enough information to establish that you are a human with a heart beating in your chest, a home address so the app can see who is using your POPA on each level of government and some type of bio-metric signature. The first thing you see is a list of politicians who are using your POPA to make law. By clicking on a politician you can drill down and see what the politician has posted on the site. You can also see a list of politicians on the same level of government. You can find any information the other politicians have posted by clicking on their name. On the list you will notice a green dot representing your authority. You can move this green dot at any time signifying that you have moved you POPA to a different politician. When you move your POPA you will receive audit information on the change you made. This will allow each citizen to monitor the authenticity of the final count.

These small changes on how we perceive politics will have profound effects on all aspects of society. Participative  democracy is a truly organic form of law making. The app is only a platform allowing citizens and politicians to participate in harmony to make law. Ownership and responsibility for laws will be shared by all citizen including politicians which will build a noble citizenry. We will learn to trust and will see the true beauty of our fellow citizens. Because of this over-site governments will become as efficient as businesses.   

Governments that ignore the results of the app do so at their peril. 

Today:    Citizens are given an opportunity, by a higher authority, to form or elect a government.         

The future:  Citizens participate in the making of law as well as forming or electing government.  

In the year 2117 you wake at seven after a busy night watching the results of an election. Your candidate didn't win. You find your device, check your emails, catch up on some Facebook chatter, maybe check your bank account and move some money into your checking account. Then you open your political account. You note who is using your POPA (piece of political authority) at your municipal level, state or provincial level, federal level and UN level. You go through the list of winners of the political contest from the night before. You move your POPA to a winning candidate who represents your interests, close your political account and then enjoy your four hour work day. You have lots of time with friends to discuss issues and find information about new laws that are being proposed by your elected officials. By the end of the day after being influenced by your friends and doing a bit of snooping you may want to change who is using your POPA. 

 

To find out more read

 "The Secret to Political Happiness" 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/761614

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Political-Happiness-M-Ramsey/dp/1453768106

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JSMJPQ

For free PDF download request at dynamicauthority@gmail.com


An explanation of the Cover Photo

 The cover is a photograph of a peace rose in full bloom. The delicate structures and brilliant colors adorned with tiny drops of dew show the magic and power of the environment we share. To grow a perfect rose takes a perfect set of circumstances.

The human species can be compared to a rose struggling to survive on rocky and hostile territory. Over millenniums we have sprouted buds of understanding, developing flowers of peace and prosperity ready to burst into bloom. The human species has never had a chance to achieve full bloom. Our own people have nipped the buds with autocracy and covered the entire plant of humanity with the black rust of oppression. For what ever reason, the buds have fallen, never allowing the true colors of the human-race to shine through.

Today we have a near perfect set of circumstances to allow humankind to expose her true gentle nature. All we need is a tiny drop of fertilizer in the form of understanding to allow the brilliance and intricate structures of the human family to burst into a bloom of peace and prosperity.  

The Logic

 What is politics and why is it the most important part of establishing the quality of our lives?

  • The basic premise is that all people want to go about their business (their lives) without interference.

  • When people go about their business they interfere with each other.

  • In the past this interference, in the absence of law, ultimately lead to war, murder, rape and pillage.

  • Law is a magic spice that prevents people from doing harm to each other.

If legitimate Law is a magic spice that, when sprinkled over human beings, stops the negative side of humanity, where do we find it? It's not a good idea to search through jungles or in exotic places far away from civilization. A more sensible approach is to look to our past. Our history books tell us we can make our own law with one essential ingredient, a source of authority. The most popular source of authority, historically has been the individual; King, Queen, Shah, Tzar, Sultan, Emperor, Monarch, Pharaoh, dictator, autocrat chief, Meir. There are dozens of labels in the English language for individuals who are a source of authority.

Throughout history we have celebrated these kings and queens because they bring order. Because autocrats almost always make laws that forbid their subjects from doing harm to neighbors we know where we stand and people live in peace.

It is clear that giving an individual absolute authority to make law is not a good idea.

  • Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • In the past,without exception individuals controlling absolute political power have justified giving themselves and their friends' privilege because they have might or a divine right from God.

  • When there is a group in society with privilege, by definition, it is essential to have a group who are underprivileged.

  • Privileged groups oppress underprivileged groups.

  • In your dictionary you will find the antonym of oppression is liberty.

  • Liberty can be defined as, the quality or state of being free. Rather than just another word for nothing left to lose, I like to think of liberty as freedom with ownership and responsibility.

  • Oppression brings out the worst in human beings just as liberty brings out the best.

  • When people are oppressed they don't smile much, they do horrible things to each other and they are not as honest. (questionable assertion, you judge. I remember an interview of a Russian hockey player in the 1972 Canada-Russian series saying he noticed people in the west smiled and laughed more than in his home land.)

  • If you read history you will find the second most popular source of authority is, theocracy, a monotheism or, simply, a single religion. In theory, the laws produced by using the authority of a God, the head of a belief system, who is omniscient and impartial, should be the best.

Western Europe experimented using a single belief system as a source of authority in the early part of the fourth century when Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.

Roman Catholicism became the main element in the theocracy of Western Europe following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. Historians call this the medieval period. Some historians use the term the dark ages because of the incredible oppression. People did heinous things to each other under this oppression. You can find stories of people burning living women tied to stakes or stretching human bodies on a rack until the joints dislocate and then throwing the still living bodies, filled with incredible pain, into a dungeon to rot. Because the people were absolutely controlled by the church, in mind, body and spirit they took no ownership or responsibility in what the modern world would think of as crimes. Considering this period lasted for over a thousand years there was little technological or scientific progress.

People living in jurisdictions using a monotheism (single religion) as a source of authority, in modern times, report oppression. The most popular modern monotheisms are Islamic states using the Koran and the Muslim belief system as their source of authority. Although the oppression is far less than the oppression found in the medieval period, where Roman Catholicism was used as a source of authority, it still causes factions which justify heinous acts. We have all heard stories of people strapping bombs to living young people, sending them into crowded places and then exploding the human bombs.

  • The third and least popular source of authority in our history is to use the mass of the people to democratically elect a government. In modern western societies we use our governments as our source of authority. Governments have one simple job. The citizens in democratic jurisdictions charge their government with the responsibility of making the most effective and efficient laws. Most western jurisdictions use a representative or participatory democracy.

  • Within our governments we have dominant philosophies like socialism, communism and capitalism. These isms are good in theory but in practice fail because of the inherent autocratic oppression generated by the granting of privilege to law makers. The complexity of modern politics comes from managing the age old practice of giving groups and individuals privilege. Another word for privilege is monopoly. Monopoly is not a bad thing if there is a consensus of citizens solidly behind monopolistic law.

  • As I said earlier, people have never lived so well as we do in western society using representative governments elected by the mass of the people on a regular basis. Un-corrupted, elected governments produce an environment of liberty. People smile and laugh, they are more generous, creative, innovative, honest and they don't, generally, do horrible things to each other.

  • Liberty is good. Oppression should be avoided at all costs.

The Flaw

  • There is however one small flaw in our representative democracy. The flaw is the question of legitimacy. Is there a solid consensus behind each law produced by our representative governments? Is there a consensus of citizens in a jurisdiction who agree with the law? In western democratic societies we don't know if there is a consensus. This ignorance is the flaw.

  • Now, after this short lesson, you as a good citizen, can judge laws from the perspective of interference, oppression and legitimacy. This is one of your responsibility as a citizen. By using the three elements of law, from your perspective, you can question any given law.

  • Does the law minimize interference between people going about their lives?

  • Does the law minimize oppression by eliminating privilege?

  • (And now the most important part of each law.)

    Is the law legitimate? Is it known beyond any shadow of doubt that there is a solid consensus, a large number of interested citizens in a jurisdiction, who agree with the law?

  • By carefully examining representative democracy it becomes obvious the fault causing so much difficulty is the question of legitimacy.

    The electoral process uses democratic legitimacy. In a proper democracy the results of an election can be quantitated. The exact number of citizens supporting each candidate are known without question. However because representative democracy is old and tired and hasn't been updated for hundreds of years even these basic premises are often violated.

    The winning candidates form a government and make laws. No one knows if there is a consensus of citizens who are in favor of laws produced. Depending on what style of government, legislators justify legitimacy with terms like parliamentary legitimacy in British jurisdictions and congressional legitimacy in republics. The USA uses Executive presidential legitimacy, which oversees about 5,000,000 military and law enforcement personnel, Judicial legitimacy (Supreme Court) which judges legitimacy based on previous law and congressional legitimacy derived from 535 representatives or one per million citizens as the cornerstones of federal law.

    With the exception of Swiss direct democracy, democratic legitimacy is not used to make law in representative democracy. Without democratic legitimacy governments are exposed to corruption and a baseless fear of change.

    There are thousands of undiscovered ways to improve modern politics by introducing democratic legitimacy into our laws. Participative democracy is only one of thousands.

Over a period of time, the ignorance of knowing or not if there is consensus, (the flaw) will weaken our governments. With each questionable law, the cost of administering and enforcing laws escalates. Maintaining bureaucracies, increasing security, overburdening judicial systems and building new jails to incarcerate non-conforming citizens is very expensive. As the costs mount and more citizens balk at questionable law the authority of governments deteriorate, allowing privilege to vested interest groups (corporate plutocracies) and ultimately revolutionary forces will weaken the authority of our elected governments.

Rome had a similar problem with their republic in the last century BC. Although the history is not without debate it seems for decades the Roman Republic had been in a state of political paralysis. In 44 BC the Roman Senate, in a desperate move, succumbed to autocratic rule. The first Emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar "dictator in perpetuity" became the source of authority displacing the authority of the Republic of Rome. It is said that Julius's rule only lasted nine months, however, before the Senators of Rome managed to kill him, Julius had managed to create laws making it impossible to get rid of the institution of Emperor. Augustus Caesar (Gaius Octavius, the adopted son of Julius Caesar) became the individual who took over as the source of authority after the death of Julius.

At this point I would like to make it quite clear; I do not advocate changing our governments in any way. Our governments have the ability to produce excellent, well thought out laws which should be honed through many checks and balances. I am not an advocate of changing our electoral system. Our electoral systems do a good job of putting warm bodies in the seats of our governments. I am an advocate of changing the largest part of our democracy, the citizens. It is time people stop believing in Kings, Gods and Politicians and start believing in themselves and their fellow citizens.

The citizen pays the highest price for this flaw of ignorance because it takes away their liberty. Citizens don't have ownership or responsibility for the laws made by our representative governments. As a people we suffer from this lack of liberty. Jean Jacque Rousseau, the French Revolution Philosopher, made the statement, "Man imposes his own freedom." When we impose ownership and responsibility on ourselves we produce freedom which equals liberty. In a representative democracy the ownership and responsibility is so diluted the citizens don't feel they have liberty.

When my children turned 16 they got drivers licenses. We were pleased to lend them our cars. They were responsible to a point but often would bring my, or my wife's car, home with little or no gasoline, who knew if there was air in the tires, oil in the engine or if the car needed a wash. My son got a job and bought a car. I watched him wash, wax and vacuum his car. He checked the fluids, the tire pressure and even had his friends come over to lift the car so that he could check the break linings. This is the change I expect when people realize they have ownership and responsibility in making law. Generally it is possible to pick out rental or social housing units when you drive down residential streets. People who have ownership and responsibility take more care. When people have ownership and responsibility in making law we can expect a dramatic shift for the betterment of our world.

Some of us lament the past where people were self-sufficient. Their very lives were dependent on their resourcefulness and creativity. They had ownership and responsibility filling them with a sense of freedom. In my childhood I watched families grow, can, and preserve food for winter. They were happy strong and resilient people with little reliance on grocery stores. Since then this ownership and responsibility has been diluted, diminishing our liberty, making our lives less meaningful and fostering the bad side of humanity. If anything, today we are moving towards a fortress mentality because we have ownership and responsibility inside our property but at the same time we ignore what is going on outside our residence.

When in public spaces our governments treat us like welfare cases. Public officials have good reason to mistrust modern citizens because they know citizens have no ownership or responsibility. Yellow clad police will not be necessary, at public gatherings to herd the masses, if citizens have ownership and responsibility. Not only are we missing the important social interactions of working together towards accomplishing goals but our decision makers are missing the accumulated wisdom of citizens when it comes to producing the most efficient and effective laws.

It is impossible to measure the financial cost of the flaw but think for a minute, about the escalating cost of security. Billions are spent on policing, software security, automobile security, building security and maintaining government secrecy. People who live in an environment of liberty are less likely to have reasons to lie, cheat or pillage.

Our society has propagated the idea of good people and bad people. Most of us, if given the chance to judge good and bad, would judge ourselves as trustworthy, good people. Where do the bad people come from? Babies are all good. People grow from babies. Somewhere between the infant stage and adulthood people morph into what society judges as good or bad. If we are all good we don't need to spend billions on security. Again the original argument about liberty and oppression can explain why western democratic societies are better. People are better when they live in an environment of liberty or freedom with ownership and responsibility. Notice the millions of enlightened people who are migrating (legally or not) to western democracies.

In a dictatorship it is the physical body of the citizen that is oppressed. In a communist regime the mind and the body are oppressed. In a monotheism the body, the mind and spirit are oppressed. In a true democracy the body, the mind and the spirit are liberated, unmasking the good side of humanity.

Most of us spend a good part of our lives earning privilege through education, by growing a business or by lobbying government for special privilege within law. It is not hard to find people who think the laws, giving privilege to components of our society, are increasingly unfair. Commercializing our world causes economic oppression, a concept akin to slavery. Instead of using the best technology, citizens are forced to use inferior technology (why not have an operating system using the best of Microsoft and Apple) because the holders of privilege monopolize intellectual property. Oil companies, big box stores, big pharmaceutical companies, the arms industry and monopolistic agricultural companies earn privilege in law through lobby groups. Our representative governments protect this privilege producing economic oppression exposing the dark side of humanity.

If we can fix the flaw we can start moving toward a trusting society. The millions of laws our governments produce are like a tightening noose around our necks. Something beautiful is dying. This tightening noose is oppression. People don't smile as much as they should and they lie, cheat and steal more than they would in an environment of liberty. The individual is paying a huge price because our governments are not producing effective, economical and quality laws which are known to be legitimate. Instead I understand there are two laws on the books for each citizen in the USA. Almost a billion useless laws. Harvey Silverglate describe how we all, unknowingly brake

laws every day in his book "Three Felonies A Day".

Everything seems so simple after it is done for the first time. The people living a hundred years from now will know how simple it is to fix our political problems. These people will look back at our society and wonder how could we have lived like we do? How could we afford the cost of an oppressive society? How could we carelessly allow our environment to be torn to pieces because of the avarice of a few? How could we stifle the innovation and creativity and, above all, how could we thoughtlessly take away the joy of life from our people?

Our political world has been shaped by the works of Niccolo Machiavelli who in 1531 wrote "The Prince". He observed, political success does not come from being a good guy but rather can only occur if one follows the example of the most devious politicians. Hard line politicians follow his ideas and with a cunning sociopathic intelligence, lacking remorse for those who suffer, accomplish their goals. If a politician says they know what the people want they are being dishonest. They know only what their supporters and friends want. Even the most advanced polls can be misleading. Politicians (because they believe they are somehow superior) who say they believe in democracy and at the same time insist they are doing the right thing, rather than bending to public opinion, are paternalistic and in fact dishonest. Although goals can be accomplished with this hard headed approach it should be noted that Machiavelli's Europe continued to be in turmoil and in some ways his books exacerbated unrest and violence for centuries after his death. Participative democracy produces a powerful legitimate authority eliminating the need for Machiavellianism which some feel is necessary to accomplish goals using a representative democracy.

Law makers have an obligation to the people to make laws which minimize interference between people going about their (lives) business, minimize oppression by eliminating aspects of privilege in the laws and insuring only laws where there is a known solid consensus are passed. Legitimate laws with consensus are economical, effective and free of oppression.