Given the opportunity, independent Elected Representatives can be the champions of the people. Unfortunately the political party elites dictate policy. The solution: eliminate the political parties.
Throughout the world the voting public is not being included in the policy formation process. Why? Political party elites dictate policy. They prevent Elected Representatives from generating policy based on the expressed needs and desires of the people who elected them.
This exclusive vote getting obsessive need of political party elites is opening the opportunity door for autocrats and dictators who desire to take over government.
It is unrealistic to assume exclusive democracy will right its own ship and magically become inclusive of the people. After all, democracy has been exclusive for more than two centuries. The seductiveness of growing undemocratic power has historically ended with a hot revolution.
Make it a “cool” revolution. Adopt INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY now. Include the voting public in the policy generation process.
A revolution you say? Read on. Upon adopting Inclusive Democracy as Canada’s political system, each constituency in the nation will elect one independent representative. Thus, regionally, culturally, economically, and politically all citizens will participate equally in the opportunity called Canada. There will be no self-interested political parties dictating how Canada will be governed. The Elected Representatives will carry the message of the people to parliament and turn that message into policy. All voting will be open and will include only the votes of the representatives. A system as close to direct, personal political participation as is practically possible. Change is constant and it is time to evolve to Inclusive Democracy. Down with the exclusive multi-party system. Power to the people and the opportunity to participate fully from the grass roots rather than hoping for a trickle from above.
Today, in part due to the rapidly changing nature of communication systems and improved access to information, or lack thereof, the populace of the democracies has found their voice. They demand that the politicians be held to account, and it is evident that the “people” want to be heard and want their expressed needs acted upon. And who is best to turn needs and aspirations into action? The voters and their elected representatives, not the exclusive political party elites.
Exclusive Democracy has not evolved beyond exclusivity. It has not been allowed to evolve. For more than two Millennia, Exclusive Democracy has excluded the populace from the policy formation process.
The bicameral model has controlled the legislative process from the beginning. It was not without intention that there has been an “upper house” and a “lower house”. Just in case the “denizens” of the lower house, the House of Commons or Representatives, may over-reach or run amok, the lords in the upper house have been able to keep the commoners under control. It is time to take off the training wheels and give the populace the freedom to govern on behalf of the people. Thus, the time to move to a unicameral model of governance is nigh.
Elected representatives typically “enjoy” only minimal input to policy formation. At the behest of the party elites, the representatives have become party platform message carriers to the voters. Absent input of the populace, unsustainable inequity gaps have been created as the rich get richer and the standard of living of the populace stagnates or diminishes.
Now is the time to move away from the multi-party system, stop the domination of the political elites, extinguish exclusivity, and evolve to a new model of democracy. Inclusive Democracy, a bottom-up holistic governance model will put the power where it belongs: in the hands of the populace. Democracy demands giving “all citizens the chance to participate equally in economic, social, political, and cultural life”.
An Inclusive Democracy Era government will foster the opportunity for all people to experience a reasonable and growing standard of living, and the opportunity to, with good management and some luck, become wealthy. Inclusivity will set the scene; the effort required to achieve goals depends on individual input.
The evolution to Inclusive Democracy will be a revolution. Do not out of hand dismiss the significance of the proposed change of democratic models. Evolution from one Era to a new Era is often very disruptive. Witness the French Revolution – no guillotines please – or the apparently meteoric demise of the dinosaurs. Nations can either choose Inclusive Democracy or leave it to the elites to continue to choose for the country. For more than two Millenia the choice was not inclusivity.