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Response to True Blue Door (Reply #38)

Wed Oct 1, 2014, 02:00 PM

41. But we do have experience with "assembly democracy."

Over two centuries of experience. And many communities have discarded that system for a representative system already, after experiencing the town assembly system for a very long time. There are far fewer of those systems than there once were. Why were they changed, do you think?

We have a similar system here in Minnesota, too, but it's only used in a few tiny towns. It's still available for towns that want it, but most abandoned it for representative democracy.

Minnesota has the caucus and convention system, too. I'm a very active participant in it, but it's less well-attended these days. It still works, and most candidates who are elected are those who are endorsed by that system, even though we also have primary elections here, and nobody has to seek the caucus and convention endorsement.

Just in general, though, people appear to prefer a system that involves less participation than more. Assembly democracy, which was once common, has been replaced with representative democracy in most communities. There's a reason for that. People in those communities decided to replace it.

Personally, I'd like to see more participation in whatever system is in place. Instead, I'm seeing less participation. That's too bad, but it appears to be a long-term trend. That's why I'm involved heavily in GOTV efforts. They work to a degree, and my precinct and districts have quite good turnouts. It's still less than 50% of eligible voters who go to the polls, though, even with strong GOTV.

Direct democracy just doesn't seem to be something that is strongly wanted. And without the desire, it won't be used. It's that simple. So, if you want it, you're going to have to get out there and build a demand for it. Frankly, you'll have to do it where you are.

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