What is the book “Upgrading DEMOCRACY” about?
Every four years voters try to improve the situation. They vote for the lesser evil and hope that it finally will get better.
Surprisingly, it doesn’t get better.
If we try to solve the same problems in the same way and we have not been successful many times already, we should admit to ourselves that the chance that it succeeds this time is not too high.
Do we have to continue to write a blank check for four years to the politicians?
Do we have to choose parties that don’t offer us a say?
A potential answer
It is time for a new political system in which the citizen has much more to say, acts as sovereign and also has corresponding powers. It is about sharing political power intelligently and introducing direct democratic elements. Democracy should not be an exception that takes place every four years, but the rule.
Important decisions should be made by the voters themselves. They must be enabled to make a decision based on balanced information.
The idea of a “Proxy Party” presented in this book would enable voters to do far more than organize themselves to put pressure on politics. It would allow its members to have a direct say. And this is badly needed to achieve a positive change.
“Upgrading Democracy is an inspired reimagining of what the democratic process could be if we reorganise representation along truly decentralised, democratic lines. Peter’s work represents a practical, actionable way forward to achieve this most desperately needed of outcomes across every echelon of the disconnected global political scene.”Rich James, Co-Founder Decentr.net
PART I – PROBLEMS
1. Reputation Crisis
2. Representational weakness of the political system
3. Power and distance from the citizen
4. Power and lack of control
4.1 Voting with integrated funeral
4.2 Regulatory bodies and missing separation of powers
4.3 The Executive extending its rights and powers
5. Established parties deciding in their own interest
5.1 Party financing
5.2 Post patronage
6. Influencing the representatives in a parliamentary democracy
6.1 How many lobbyists are there?
6.2 How can the lobbyists influence the elected representatives?
6.3 Whom will the lobbyists try to influence?
6.4 Are lobbyists generally to be rejected?
7. Influencing Voters in a Direct Democracy
7.1 Direct Bribery of individual voters
7.2 Further influences on the individual voter
7.3 Influenced by interest groups
7.4 Influenced by statistics
7.5 Influenced by the media
8. Can we entrust this power to the citizen?
8.1 Fears of the critics
8.2 Comparison of the effects of direct and parliamentary democracy
8.3 US study disproves the fears of critics
8.4 Encouraging experiences with new participatory models
8.5 Danger of oppression of minorities?
8.6 Some important policy decisions
PART II – SOLUTION APPROACH
9. Not a new party but a new type of party
9.1 Trust alone is not enough
9.2 Proof trustworthiness
10. The proxy party as a way to direct democracy
10.1 Why a proxy party?
10.2 Proxy party and proxy representative
10.3 Proxy party as a way to direct democracy
10.4 Liquid democracy in the proxy party
10.5 What are the tasks of representatives?
10.6 Does the party need an official leadership? Which tasks does this have?
11. Appointment of candidates
11.1 Profile of direct candidates
11.2 Profile of list candidates
11.3 Appointment of candidates on the basis of a better voting system
12. Finding topics and voting on them
13. Core topics of the proxy party
13.1 Grassroot democracy
13.4 Complementing topics
14. Deducted core topics of an election program
15. Software systems for the proxy party
15.2 Member authentication
15.3 Properties as a voting system and as a coordination system
16. Questions about the proxy party
17. Main potential attack vectors and defensive measures
18. Hasn’t this been tried and failed with the Pirates Party?
18.1 Reasons for the rise and fall of the pirate party in Germany
18.2 Self-reflection and outlook
18.3 Deducted success factors for the proxy party
18.4 How is the proxy party different than the pirate party?
19. Why isn’t it sufficient to vote single proxy representatives?
The English international version of the book can be pre-ordered for a reduced pre-order price at Amazon.
The publishing date is December 3rd, 2019.