Flaw 3) Passion Versus Intellect

Political parties mount, finance and staff campaigns designed to inflame the passions of the electorate. There is no genuine attempt to consult the public interest. Instead, surveys are conducted to find "hot buttons" which generate a desired response and professionals use the information to mold "messages" which the candidates and the parties feed the public. It is a rabble-rousing technique.

Flaw 2) Political Campaigning

Campaigning is the process of selling political candidates to the public. It is a top-down technique and is conceptually unsound in any political system that purports to be democratic.

Flaw 1) Party Politics

Democracy is not a team sport. Even though partisanship is natural for humans, political systems built on partisanship are destructive.

Flaws in the existing machinery

Creating new machinery that differs from existing machinery in important ways requires an understanding of the flaws in the existing machinery.

Here are five:

Practical Democracy: overview

The realities of life, particularly our economic needs, tend to distract us from serious thought about public concerns. These circumstances have allowed the political infrastructure in the United States to gradually deteriorate until, as Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page1 conclude:

Practical Democracy, Abstract


When we speak of government by the people, 'the people' is not an amorphous mass. It is an abundance of individuals: some brilliant, some dull; some good, some bad; some with integrity, some deceitful. To achieve government by the people, we must sift through this diversity to find the individuals with the qualities needed to address and resolve contemporary public concerns.

Online Experiment with Practical Democracy

I just had the great pleasure to reconnect with Fred Gohlke. I re-read his Practical Democracy paper, and I since then, I keep thinking about ways to implement a small scale experiment, to see what it would give in practice.

My own resources are very limited so I have not much to offer. However, I am the owner of this web site and, with some help, I could get something organized to have a first, limited trial run, with a few interested members.

#BringBackOurGirls: One year after their abduction, what action are you willing to take?

One year after the abduction of the Chibok Girls, what action are you willing to take?

The question is not: what do you think should be done? nor: What do you think would be a good idea?
The question instead is: What actions would you personally be ready to take?

Choice Blog entries Votes for votes score
100 % I will support charities acting on issues related to the campaign. 0 3 3 3
100 % I will write a letter to my country's Nigerian ambassador. 24 entries 3 3 3
100 % I will actively inform other people about issues related to the BBOG campaign. 43 entries 3 3 3
100 % I will help coordinating efforts in the global BBOG campaign. 43 entries 3 3 3
100 % I will contribute to the recessary research and documentation on the issues. 0 3 3 3
100 % I will actively remain informed on the issues and on the campaign. 43 entries 3 3 3
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Which of the following Canadian political leaders do you like?

Which of the following Canadian political leaders do you like?

You can add more candidates below. One party can be represented by several candidates, especially if each individual has a strong support base.

See also

Choice Blog entries +5+4+3+2+10-1-2-3-4-5I don't know Votes Score
30 % Elizabeth May (Green Party of Canada) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -2
20 % Thomas Mulcair (New Democratic Party) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 -3
10 % Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party of Canada) 4 entries 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 -4
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