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Gregg Shields (M)
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    The political system with which we are currently presented is based on antiquated problems. The main notion of a Democracy is that the people choose how the country is run, however, the problem with this ideal had always been that of representation.

    It has always been a problem to accurately represent the collective views of the people, as there are so many people, and so many different and conflicting views.

    To solve the problem of the sheer number of people, the idea of representatives came about; an elected individual who would represent the collective views of a few thousand people within a constituency.

    These several hundred representatives would then join together in a parliament, and debate on the specifics of how to run the country. This is the current established system which is apparently the best possible way of representing what several million people want collectively. The very reason that this system arose is because it was simply impossible for every citizen to contribute their view, and have that heard.

    In order to solve the problem of the many different and conflicting views of the people, political parties were established, effectively dividing the myriad of options into 2 or 3 established, general viewpoints, attempting to cover every view which they could. And the very reason that this system arose was because it was impossible for every opinion to be considered for every issue that a country encountered.

    However, these problems no longer exist. Technology has made it possible for every person to express their view, and have it considered. The ubiquity of the Internet has allowed everyone to make their voice heard.

    And yet, every established democracy in the world still has a system which is built around a problem which no longer exists.

    It is no longer impossible for every person to be able to vote on every issue, it is no longer impossible for the viewpoint of every person to be considered in every issue.

    And yet, as technology continues to progress, politics stagnates, using very much the same system of representation that it has done for the past 100 years.

    The pure notion of democracy is that there is no division between the Government and the People, so why does this division exist? The only justifications for it to be the case have long since ceased to exist.

    Current politics is a static system trying to work in a dynamic world.

    When your voice consists of a cross in a box, once every 5 years, it is a sign that what you think is not being heard.

    When there are riots in the street, and outcry over policy, it is a sign that the people are not being accurately represented.

    When the opinions of the few in charge are at odds with the opinions of the many, you do not have democracy.

    We never choose our own countries policy; we never choose its actions, its words.

    We choose a group of people, who are under no obligation to hold up to their promises, and who’s only key to power is to distract the people with speeches and rallies, with propaganda and jokes, all to get your cross in their box, so that they can obtain free reign over all policy for another 5 years.

    What we have is not democracy, what we have is a society of Us and Them. Once the group has your vote, and no longer has to perform, your country is in their hands, and they won’t care what you want until voting time comes again.

    Nothing you think is ever represented, you are forced to wedge your perspective into a category, and you are then forced to trust the ambassadors of that category to act in your interest, which they have absolutely no obligation to do.

    Democracy is an old notion, an ambition of true representation, held back by old limitations.

    This century calls for a new system, a Neo-Democracy, where every person has the opportunity to vote on every policy, every decision that a country needs to make.

    The internet has solved the problems that held back the original Democracy; we are now comfortably capable of making the Government and the People synonymous.

    Your representative would be yourself; your established viewpoint would be your own. Every situation could be independently considered, and not processed through a cookie cutter viewpoint.

    Such a system would realise a much purer method of representation than the current systems.

    Politics and Technology need to work together, rather than be opposed, if any kind of social progress wants to be realised in the 21st Century.
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