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I'm just here to set the ideal.

There is majority rule or minority rule. Democracy means majority rule has highest say.

http://en.minguo.info/blogs/poramics/global_direct_democracy_quick_guide

The stipulations I list in the article linked above seem difficult to accomplish, but are very important to know.

I Dreamed a Dream

Video: https://youtu.be/amskEwjpNrI
Description: Ruthie Henshall as Fantine performing "I Dreamed a Dream" for the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, 8th October 1995.
Music : Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics : Herbert Kretzmer
Libretto by Alain Boublil based on the novel by Victor Hugo

Observations from Steve Wright

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Wright
If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the guy who once said: "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."

His mind sees things differently than most of us do. Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.

3 - Half the people you know are below average.

4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Global Direct Democracy Quick Guide

1. The universe is collectively owned by all humans. Decision making must be determined by direct democracy. Global direct democracy has the highest say.

2. Regional sovereignty should be respected, but global direct democracy still has highest say. For example, if the people of Africa democratically voted to take over the rest of the planet, the rest of the planet has the right to vote against that and enforce global democratic will.

3. Global direct democracy can grant temporary regional sovereignty so countries can run their own internal affairs.

The Round Table

Can we have a Round Table for Democracy?

The display, when I enter the site, would be something like this:

                                 King
                               Augustin
                           _______________
                          /               \
                         /                 \
                        /                   \
   Sir William Rickards/                     \
                      /                       \Sir Jameson Quinn (3
                     /                         \

Users' Personal Books

I like a lot what Fred has done with his own personal book:
http://en.minguo.info/fred_gohlke
I would like to extend the concept to all trusted users.

I will make incremental changes so that each regular member can have its own personal book.
The personal books are single-author: each member can have its own.
The personal books are not dated: they can be updated by their author at any time to represent the best that it has to offer.
The personal books are not the place for discussion. Use blog entries for that.

Comments on Fred's Thoughts on Government: laws sunset

I enjoyed reading one of Fred's latest article: "Thoughts on government":
http://en.minguo.info/fred_gohlke/thoughts_on_government

I fully agree with the opening statement, regarding the three fundamental flaws of our government. His article directly inspired the poll this blog entry is attached to.

Fred, you write:

Nothing in our Constitution requires that laws be sunsetted.

Don't you mean the opposite: "Nothing in our Constitution prevent laws to be sunsetted"?

Thinking About Being Overwhelmed

Good Morning, Augustin

I'm flabbergasted.

I spent an hour before breakfast on Minguo, but sometimes on Linux. When I quit for breakfast, I was exhausted. I'd followed uncounted lines of thought, read "Hierarchy of contribution in Open Source" in its entirety, and found myself helplessly and completely lost.

Can this be helped?

I'm not sure.

The power in the site is overwhelming, not in a negative sense, but in the sense that there is so much more power than I ever thought possible - and clean power. Each action produces a crisp response, but there are just so many of them.

How to go from mob rule to intelligent rule?

This web site is dedicated to improving our democracies.
But I can help but pondering about the nature of democracy itself.

As noted in our wiki page about democracy:
http://en.minguo.info/wiki/democracy
Jefferson may have said:

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.

How to go from mob rule to intelligent rule?

Taxonomy and tagging of content: preparatory work

Taxonomy = tagging of content

This blog entry is a status report regarding the use of taxonomy and content tagging in this site.

Although currently a work in progress, the site taxonomy, i.e. the way different pages are content are tagged according to topics, is an important way content is categorized.
The aims are:
- to allow users to find the most relevant content on any topic.
- find the most compelling content, whenever it was posted, newer content not necessarily being more interesting than older one.

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