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  •  If You Feel Representative Democracy is What We're (2+ / 0-)
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    arlenegoldbard, cotterperson

    trying to revive for the nation, stands to reason we should be demonstrating it not eschewing it for self governing movements.

    Although there's a percentage involved who don't believe in the concept for government either.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 10:03:23 AM PST

    •  perhaps how representative is the question (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks for your comment. It's hard to see a viable alternative to some type or representative structure; even the anarcho-syndicalists recognized that.

      But representation could be much closer to the ground, with each person representing fewer constituents. With private money out of the process, voters would actually have influence. And there are many creative paths to public dialogue. For instance, the late Augusto Boal invented open-air "legislative theater" as a way to engage people in creating policy proposals. We have the creativity to make it truly representative, if only we have the will.

      •  Sounds a lot like (1+ / 0-)
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        arlenegoldbard

        Occupy's General Assemblies. Is it 90 percent approval that's required?

        Something like that, I think.

        "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

        by cotterperson on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 10:29:14 AM PST

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        •  What's tough, I think... (0+ / 0-)

          Is structuring everything as yes/no, how you get to that ultimate decision.

          There are good systems where responsibility is given to a team to create a fair representation of many sides of an issue, effectively summarizing and conveying relevant facts and considerations, and offering a range of resolutions. That can get you to a more nuanced outcome, one more grounded in full information. Too much yes/no decision-making tends the opposite way.

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