Today, partly 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 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, over-reached, 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 hugely 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.