Practical Democracy: Conclusion
Practical Democracy is an electoral process through which the people actively participate in the conduct of, and impress their moral sense on, their government. It creates a unique merger of self-interest and the public interest. It completes more quickly and with less public distraction than existing systems, however large the electorate.
We have no shortage of competent, talented individuals among us. The PD process gives us the machinery to sift through all of us to find the individuals with the qualities needed to address and resolve contemporary public concerns. It lets the public discuss substantive matters - with a purpose. It gives participants time for deliberation and an opportunity to understand the rationale for the positions of others.
PD is a bottom-up process that lets every member of the community participate to the full extent of each individual's desire and ability:
- it incorporates partisanship without letting partisans control the process, and
- it functions without political campaigns or the marketing of candidates;
- it enables and encourages dialogue and deliberation on political issues among the electorate;
- it includes a way for the people to change their representatives as they deem appropriate; and
- it is a bottom-up arrangement that lets every member of the community influence political decisions to the full extent of each individual's desire and ability.
That is the essence of a democratic political process.