Articles by Peter Monien

Short Interview with Smashwords

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Finally, my book is not just available at Amazon. I also checked it in with Smashwords, one of the best-known distributors for ebooks. So you can expect it to be available in your ebook store shortly. Here is a very short interview that I did for Smashwords: Why do you write book about «Direct Democracy»? In the last years, I increasingly wondered what will be left of democracy when the current worldwide trend continues. And I started to think about how we can reverse this trend and inject more democracy into our political systems. After my research, I concluded that purely representative democracy is not going to solve this problem (and many other important problems). I studied systems with a direct democratic corrective like the Swiss model and found them to be the better (yet still improvable) alternative. In my research for potential improvements, I constantly stumbled over one aspect:

Don’t give away your vote for 4 years

The Proxy Party in a Nutshell

Politics doesn’t represent the majority of the People. Even if an overwhelming majority is clearly in favor of a certain policy it doesn’t mean that this will translate to legislative action in parliament. An American study has shown that “when preferences of low- or middle-income Americans diverge from those of the affluent, there is virtually no relationship between policy outcomes and the desires of less advantaged groups.”[1] A German study revealed similar results. Some reasons for this disparity are: The political system is outdated and hands over power to politicians for 4 years on a very vague basis.  The power structure within the system is heavily biased towards influential groups with money. These groups have a decisive influence on politicians and legislation. The internal structures of political parties are mostly far from democratic. It is time to Upgrade Democracy! What can be done to gain a real say in politics

How did I get the idea to write the book “Upgrading Democracy”?

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I have only been really interested in politics and economics for about ten years. I was triggered by the financial crisis of 2007/2008, which suddenly made it clear to me how much of our lives is influenced by politically determined systems and how badly these are sometimes designed.  In recent years I have very often asked myself what the politicians are now deciding in the name of the people and with their money: ·  TTIP (e.g. special courts for corporations to receive profits)·  Berlin International Airport (Billion-euro grave without consequences for those responsible)·  Merry VAT tax carousels·  Self-empowerment of the European Central Bank (purchase of government bonds) ·  …   Slowly I did not only doubt the abilities of the politicians. And I began to question the implementation of our political system itself. Searching for Alternatives In the search for alternatives, I have come across many solutions and technologies that