Politics Without Politicians
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX15006
Citizens can - without representatives - run society by voting directly for policies rather than for politicians.
Table of Contents
2. Decisions are not Conclusions
6. The State
9. Political Equality
10. Political Parties
11. Direct Democracy (DD)
12. DD at Work
13. DD in education
14. DD in the family
15. Basic rules of DD
16. How does DD work ?
17. Problems of DD
18. Replies to critics
19. Promoting DD
This booklet explains how all citizens can - without representatives - run society by voting directly for POLICIES rather than for politicians. When all citizens decide all policies politicians are redundant. Politicians decide for citizens. Authority to decide for others is "Power", and it is this Power - not politics - that breeds corruption. Abolishing authority to decide for others will abolish corruption. When no one has the right to decide for others, politics will be purged of hipocricy, duplicity, and conspiracies. When all citizens decide all policies themselves we have a new political system called DIRECT Democracy (DD). In this system no one decides for others, no one is paid for deciding policy, so costs of running society are greatly reduced, while citizens' concern for their society is enhanced.
No political system can cure all political problems. Belief in such a cure is a dangerous delusion. There is no such cure. Abolishing power will solve many political problems but not all of them. When every citizen can propose, debate and vote on every policy no one has authority to decide for others so politicians' power is abolished. Political power works like a drug. Those who get it - in any State, Church, municipality, school, or family - become addicted to it. They should be treated like addicts who will do anything to get their drug.
Many politicians crave power for its own sake, but even those who use it to improve society will do anything to hold on to it.
DIRECT Democracy abolishes political power by forbidding anyone to decide for others.
In DIRECT Democracy no one decides for others. Every citizen can decide directly every policy. Every citizen has only one vote on every policy and represents him/herself only.
If a policy produces undesirable results, those who voted for it are responsible.
To prevent recurrence of bad results voters must discover what made them vote for a bad decision and reconsider their motives. This enables people to search for causes of political problems within themselves - not outside themselves - to find them and overcome them.
Direct Democracy can be summed up thus: Every citizen has, every moment, authority to propose, debate, and vote for, every policy. This abolishes political power. There are no representatives with authority to decide policy for others. In DIRECT democracy no one decides any policy for others Every citizen has the right to propose, debate, and vote on every policy. Whether citizens use this right - or not - is up to them.