Direct Democracy

Simple, modern and fair.

Each eligible citizen will have the right…

  • To propose a bill which, same as for pro and contra arguments, can be read and liked or disliked by every other eligible citizen

  • To vote YES or NO for every bill proposed, via Mobile phone, tablet, home PC or voting terminal which can be found in ministries or other public buildings.

 

 

Elected officials, as we know them today, will not be needed anymore. Parliaments will only be used for live debates over proposed bills. Citizens will be able to watch the debates on the special online platform. They will also be recorded and saved on this platform, to be watched at any other point in time. (Same as Chamber TV today)

 

 

The political commitment of every legitimate citizen should, if it can be proven

  • be remunerated by the public purse and, depending on the pension system, also be registered as working time.
    or

  • added to the overtime account at the regular workplace, with employers getting reimbursed financially by the public purse

 

 

Each proven political commitment will be equally rewarded. The time sacrificed for political engagement by the citizen must be recorded in his online account. The citizen must be able to view the recorded data at all times.

The citizens can decide for themselves which amount of time for political commitment they want to get payed for, and which quantum he would like to be credited as overtime.

There will be defined a time quantum for political engagement, beyond which one citizen can no longer pursue any other full-time employment, and from the of the exceeding of this time quantum, additional commitment will be paid slightly higher. However, in this case, the citizen must be able to prove the loss of full-time employment income. If reduced working hours are possible at the usual workplace, the basic remuneration for political work remains.

In order to avoid mischief, the system will record the real activities of a citizen on the online platform and digitally communicate the data to this citizen each time a session is closed. Only the individual citizen will be able to see his data. The online platform will need to be fully secured, and be accessible only with triple authentication (username, password, and mobile code or luxtrust token). The system should be built on the blockchain.

  

 

The consequences of this variant:

  • Since all eligible citizens (I call it that for the time being) has the power over all decisions, rather than a small number of people's representatives, it will become extremely difficult for potential outside influence to directly influence people's decisions.

  • Overly high salaries for politicians, as well as political party financing and the waste of money on election campaigns, will be a thing of the past.

  • Political parties in the usual sense will no longer exist, whereby no one is forced to join a certain grouping and to fully support their philosophy.

  • No eligible citizens will be denied to engage exclusively with politics, and will be reimbursed accordingly.

 

 

For foreign affairs, competent citizens must be selected and commissioned by the people for each assignment. From the time other countries adopt this form of direct democracy, overseas travel will also be abolished, as everything will be regulated through the online platforms.

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