I am labelling this “my manifesto” as opposed to “Our Manifesto” because as I have stated very clearly in Why Political Parties Are The Problem, the notion that there should be one group who wants to impose their “vision” on everyone else is undemocratic in nature and leads to so many of the problems we see around us these days.
A democratic government would be composed of independent-minded individuals who share a commitment to free and open debate among competing ideas and interests and genuine democratic decision-making involving the widest range of concerned citizens as feasible.
Anything else, and we are effectively being controlled by a cult, which is pretty much the situation we find ourselves in today.
So if we do manage to wrench the power from the cold controlling hands of “professional politicians” this Spring, what are the measures I would personally promote for democratic endorsement? These are my suggestions:
- The implementation of blockchain-based voting system where every eligible voter was given a tamper-proof identification while remaining anonymous when it comes to contributions to debates and casting votes. (For an example of a developing technology that could facilitate this see: Verus.)
- The establishment of a public broadcasting network with a Charter for Openness guaranteeing access to all points of view on any topic for public consideration. Both laypeople and experts from around the world could be invited to put their ideas forward for public consideration, discussion and decision.
- Enable the ability of various interest groups to promote ideas and measures that can be debated in public. If they garnered enough support it could be put before the people voting for or against.
These measures alone would ensure a genuine democracy guided by an informed electorate. Of course other people may have even better ideas to democratise our nation. I’m all ears.
In a genuinely democratic system, political parties would revert to their real purpose – being lobby groups for particular interests. Instead of waiting for 4 or 5 years to either take control of government (or defend their patch if they are already in control), political parties could be active and campaigning 24/7, promoting their ideas and using transparent procedures to garner enough public support to trigger national or local votes on any particular proposal.
Personally, in such a system, I would champion full open debate and democratic decision-making on the following issues:
- The response to Covid-19. How dangerous actually is it? Should we take personal responsibility for our safety or should we be forced to behave in certain ways by the government?
- The roll-out of 5G wireless technology. How safe is it really? Who does it benefit? What is its purpose? Who might it harm? Will it violate our privacy?
- World Leader’s promotion of ‘Build Back Better’, the selling name of the World Economic Form’s / Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset plans. Do we really need to change everything? Who benefits? Who loses?
- The Monetary System based on debt and big banks. Who is this system serving? Who is losing? Are there better ways to design and implement a nation’s money supply?
That’s just a taste of things I think we need to be talking about and making decisions on in an open, transparent and democratic manner. I’m sure you could think of other things you would want to add to that list.
The only fundamental point is that all elected politicians declare their commitment to Free Speech (i.e. no censorship) and genuine participatory democracy where every citizen can have a voice and a role to play, if they wish. This is the purpose of the Pledge to Democracy and Freedom. Any politician who refuses to pledge to democracy and freedom should really not be trusted with a vote in my opinion.