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 ensures that the people who advance to positions of political leadership are examined, carefully and repeatedly, before their peers agree to advance them.

The process corrects the flaws in the present system.

  1. It eliminates money from politics,
  2. it incorporates partisanship without letting partisans control the process,
  3. it completes more quickly than our present system,
  4. it functions without political campaigns or the marketing of candidates,
  5. it enables and encourages dialogue and deliberation on political issues among the electorate,
  6. it lets the people change their representatives as they see fit,
  7. 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,
  8. it ensures that candidates for public office are examined carefully before they are elected, and
  9. it builds on agreement by the members of the electorate rather than on confrontation.

That is the essence of a democratic political process. PD is the next step in the gradual evolution of democracy.