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I wrote in October 2011 about Gerald Celente and his promotion of Direct Democracy. He continues to promote this idea. I still think it is a bad idea. Here’s why.

With any kind of democracy, everything is winner-take-all. If a bill comes up in Congress, but we have instituted Direct Democracy via the internet, we will have more people voting (not a bad thing), but we still have only one result, and if the result is not what I would have voted for, my money nevertheless is used to pay for it.

With cantons, my money is NEVER spent on something I don’t support, as long as my canton acts according to my principles and values. If it chooses to do otherwise, I find another canton next year, and my old canton is thus diminished by at least one person’s taxes. Do you see the difference?

Direct democracy would be better, but it still isn’t good enough. Cantons are just as easy to establish as Direct Democracy, and produce better results in that every person pays for only what they want. Direct Democracy is still winner-take-all, and results in the dreaded “tyranny of the majority”. Why go there when there is something better?

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Comments on: "Direct Democracy – False Hope" (2)

  1. Dwight Johnson said:

    Actually, no. You must be thinking of the territorial cantons of Switzerland. There are no elections in a non-territorial canton as I propose here. Members join by contract for a year. There might be some voting to establish the initial statement of principles and values, and subsequently to change them, but members join because they agree with the principles and values, and because they approve of how the canton management is applying them to the dispersion of funds for government projects. Think of these cantons as more like the lobbying firms, where they attract clients by their ability to deliver a certain product. The difference between a lobbying firm and a non-territorial canton is that the product of the canton is the payment for government projects determined by the members’ principles.

    These cantons are not democratic, as they do not involve voting. They are businesses delivering a product. As such, all the client is concerned about is that the product is what they want, that they get good value, and support is friendly. They don’t really care who the canton management is, as long as they deliver a good product. Like any business, the canton must deliver both a quality product and good customer service to stay in business.

  2. Cantons operate with direct democracy, just at a lower level

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