THE CRISIS OF OUR TIME

Democracies around the world and their citizens have fallen prey to corruption, rigged elections, excessive partisanship, the inability to resolve conflicts, and the detrimental influence of special interests in obtaining passage of laws that do not serve the public interest.

While legislative reform efforts are unlikely to impact these deep-seated obstructions of democracy in the near term, voters can circumvent them using our 21st century web technology.

This technology enables citizens at the grassroots to fundamentally transform electoral and legislative processes. Voters can use its unique agenda setting, political organizing and consensus building tools to build online voting blocs and coalitions around common legislative agendas, and elect lawmakers they can hold accountable at the ballot box for enacting their agendas.

Contributions to our crowdfunding campaign will further the efforts of our international Re-Invent Democracy team to bring online this global technology solution to the crisis of our time.

The Challenge

Polls indicate voters have lost faith in government and democratic institutions around the world because they are failing to solve problems, crises and conflicts that are putting people's lives and livelihoods in danger.

All too often these institutions fail to pass laws that are needed. Or they pass laws that lack broad-based support and do not respond to people's real concerns.

One of the main reasons for these governmental failures are the obstacles that have been erected to prevent voters from setting priorities, electing candidates of their choice, and holding them accountable for implementing voters' priorities.

Another reason is the barriers that have been erected to prevent reform of the processes by which lawmakers are elected and decide which laws to pass or not pass.

These barriers, obstacles, and loss of faith in democratic processes and the ballot box are sparking social tensions and increasingly hostile confrontations between frustrated citizens and governmental authorities.

Unfortunately, many governments are using force rather than non-violent methods to respond to these confrontations -- methods that tend to increase rather than decrease tensions and conflicts.

A Technology-Based Solution

The Re-Invent Democracy technology is the recently patented Interactive Voter Choice System and the  System for Playing an Interactive Voter Choice Game.   People from all walks of life across the political and ideological spectrum will be able to use the technology's unique agenda-setting, political organizing, and consensus building tools that will be available on the reinventdemocracy.net  website free of charge.

This unique 21st century web technology will enable voters to decide who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed. It will close the gap between the will of the people and the actions of government. It will merge social media and politics via a common web platform and website designed to bring everyone together online to find common ground, nationally and transnationally.

The technology will re-invent democracy by embedding a web-based consensus building mechanism into electoral and legislative processes. This mechanism will connect virtually unlimited numbers of people across the political and ideological spectrum, within and between countries. It will enable them to discuss, debate and vote on which priorities to include in common agendas that cross partisan lines. They will be able to form transpartisan online voting blocs and electoral coalitions around transpartisan  legislative agendas set by their members.

These blocs and coalitions will be able to use the platform to grow transpartisan electoral bases large enough to outnumber the electoral base of any single political party. They will be able to surpass the influence of special interests and money in determining who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws and policies are enacted. Blocs and coalitions will be able to adopt and elect common slates of candidates, and hold them accountable for enacting bloc and coalitions agendas.

The technology will also enable democracy builders around the world to join forces to create transnational  blocs and coalitions to solve transnational  conflicts and stalemates.

These transnational  blocs and coalitions can win elections in multiple countries by having their members create blocs, coalitions and electoral bases in their home country to elect lawmakers who pledge to enact the agendas of their transnational  blocs and coalitions.

The World's First Large Scale Consensus Building Platform

Research has shown that most people have legislative preferences and priorities that cross partisan lines and do not fit neatly within the ideological confines of political parties. But since political parties dominate electoral and legislative processes and most do not allow their supporters to vote on their agendas, party followers have to accept party platforms even when they do not embrace key planks within them.

The result is that voters exert little influence in getting their priorities enacted into law. The citizens of typical democracies are obliged to live under laws formulated by comparatively small numbers of lawmakers who cavalierly disregard their constituents' priorities and needs, particularly if they conflict with lawmakers' own priorities or those of special interests that buy their votes with campaign contributions.

These lawmakers tend to be highly partisan politicians who accentuate differences with their political opponents in order to increase their power and influence. This politicization of issues often leads to legislative stalemates and the passage of legislation that lacks broad-based popular support.

Fortunately, the combination of the collective action power of the Internet, the consensus building power of the Interactive Voter Choice System, and modern electronic technologies enable citizens in democratic forms of government to turn the tables on this unacceptable status quo and take control of electoral and legislative processes and their outcomes.

Instead of pigeon-holing people into ideologically-defined political parties and issue groups, this combination enables broad cross-sections of people across the ideological spectrum to connect to each other and build winning voting blocs and coalitions they build, control and manage around common agendas set by their members and around slates of candidates they vote to adopt. These blocs and coalitions will be able to determine who runs for office, who gets elected, and what laws are passed.

 

 

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