[FoRK] 11 steps to democracy

Damien Morton fork
Tue Oct 4 03:29:39 PDT 2005


1. Mandatory Voting - no quorum, no democracy. It will take a few
elections before you reach the 80% turnout mark, but eliminating
eligibility for governement services unless you have a
certificate that you voted will help things along. If youre a
citizen, then you vote, otherwise you are less than a citizen.

2 Dispense with single-member districts and go for proportional 
representation.

3. No more first-past-the-post, winner-takes-all elections. No more
allocating all electoral college votes to one side or the other.

4. Force the merging and disempowering of local governement. Not
every butt-fuck town needs its own police, school system,
sewerage, etc etc. Efficiencies and scale savings here would
save a ton of money, and eliminate a huge amount of pigs from
the trough.

5. (HARD) Force small, low population states to merge together or
with larger states.

6. If you are going to have electronic voting, charging 25c for each
vote will ensure that each and every penny is tracked and
accounted for (and therefore also the votes). Put the nevada
gaming comission in charge, and payout the monies raised to a
lucky winner, each election. Better yet, buy inexpensive,
reliable voting machines from India.

7. Make it illegal to donate campaign funds to individuals. Instead
channel it all through the parties (who are somewhat harder to
corrupt than one congressmen at a time). Making campaign
donations taxable will ensure that the IRS has plenty of
incentive to track down and account for every penny.

8. Introduce a political jury into the house of congress. This would
be 100 congressmen randomly chosen from jury rolls nationwide for
a single term in office. Shake things up a little, 100 random
people are bound to be more representative than the fuckers in
there now.

9. Eliminate fixed 4-year terms. Allow the president to call an
election anytime he wants. This will shorten election campaigns
and reduce the power of the almighty dollar in them.

10. Force licencees of the airwaves to give free airtime to
candidates. The airwaves are a public resource. Hearing what the
candidates have to say is a public service, maybe even eminent
domain applies here.

11. Adopt the Parliamentary Democracy practise of question time, in 
which the President must publicly respond to questions from members of 
congress.



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