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Response to True Blue Door (Reply #35)

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 01:22 PM

36. I am almost certain that a system like you describe will

ever happen, frankly. I've been deeply involved in politics, local, regional, statewide and national since the mid 1960s. Given the difficulty of even getting a majority of eligible voters to go to the polls every year, I know that direct democracy would not work, to be quite frank. If it were in place, an even smaller segment of the population would make the decisions. When I see the miserable turnout at our caucus meetings, that's abundantly clear.

Most people are simply not engaged in the process of governance. Most people do not want to be. Either they are satisfied with how the current system works or they are so disengaged from the process that they don't even know how it works. Those who care already participate, mostly by voting in elections. A very tiny percentage of people have any desire to actively participate. Direct democracy is a great idea, but I'm afraid it's an incredibly unlikely thing.

It exists on a small scale in the US. That it is less widespread is evidence of its impractical nature for governments of any size. You can dream about it all you like, but unless you can get people out to participate, it's not going to happen. Hence my suggestion that you get started now, if that's what you want. Your best prospect, though, would be to move to somewhere where it still exists. Making it happen where it is not already established is simply going to be frustrating.

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