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

Book Cover Upgrading Democracy

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 can help us implement them. Over the past four years, I’ve been working more closely with blockchain technology, which enables a new automated level of trust without central intermediaries.

But what are ideas without a chance of implementation?

But again and again, I have asked myself: And who is going to implement it? 

And the answer was always the same: 

Not the old parties and not the new nationalist parties.

How can it succeed?

How can we focus our politicians on unconditionally seeking solutions, openly evaluating them and then consistently implementing them? How can we solve the representation crisis?

In the spring of 2018, I came across an article about a proxy candidate who wanted to vote as his voters dictated. Since then I have researched the topic, read a lot and developed the idea to the approach for a proxy party.

I have outlined this approach to this new kind of party in my book “Shortcut to Direct Democracy” (which currently still is in translation from German to English).

My book is different from most of the political books:

  1. The book not only points out problems but also offers a concrete solution that can be implemented in the current political system.
  2. The solution outlined in the book does not stop at demanding a vague possibility of participation but points the way to achieve a real say for the voter.

I am looking forward to the response to my ideas.