Practical Democracy: Overview
Democracy is a word whose significance has been buried under a mountain of misdirection and myth. In the United States, the people have been persuaded that voting for a candidate nominated by a political party is democratic.
In fact, that is the most outrageous political myth we've endured since the people were told that kings ruled by Divine Right.
The people elected to write our laws are chosen by those who finance the political parties. The parties act as conduits for the money that controls our government. Politicians have been incredibly successful in dividing our nation against itself, while deluding the people into believing they are governing themselves.
When one votes for a candidate chosen by a political party, they are giving support to a group of cynical, unprincipled, power-seekers who are backed by vast sums of money. Voting for a party candidate simply confirms the right of a small group of people to control and run the country.
The challenge of democracy is not to divide the people into parties that compete for the power to rule. The challenge is to find the best advocates of the common interest and raise them to positions of leadership.
To meet that challenge, given the range of public issues and the way each individual's interest in political matters varies over time, an effective electoral process must examine the entire electorate during each election cycle, seeking the people's best advocates. It must let every voter influence the outcome of each election to the best of their desire and ability.
If we are to have democracy, we must conceive, validate and adopt a political process that gives the people - all the people - an opportunity to participate in the practice of politics. It must let the people deliberate among themselves and agree on the issues they want resolved and the individuals they think best able to resolve them.