Archive: April 2012 - Alchemy

Technological solutions to the problems of democracy

  • April 21, 2012

It seems to me that a lot of the problems caused by democracy (corruption, lack of representation, mindless politicking, fear and loathing campaigns, dog-whistling, short-termism etc) are attributable to the fact that our parliamentry system is based on very old technology - the idea that the only way the voice of the people can be heard is for those people to be organised by geographical areas where all will vote for a single person who will go and represent them and their area in a parliament somewhere. What this causes is a concentration of power in the hands of a few, most of whom we actually...

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