So Umair readers, where should you go from here? I’m not really getting what Umair is trying to tell us to do?
Umair seems to suggest that our current version of democracy is sufficient, we just need to become better voters. Or maybe convince others to become better voters. Which means they vote like us — or Umair?
After a long civil war, the English invented their first parliament in 1688. There were many at the time that said this system could not work, but they were wrong.
In 1789, the Americans took that British model and fixed some of its flaws. There were many at the time that said this system could not work, but they were wrong.
After WW2, western European countries rebuilt their democracies. They didn’t adopt the American model, but instead created a model based on proportional representation. There were many at the time that said this system could not work, but they were wrong.Within a generation of having its civil and institutional structures, devastated, western Europeans reached a state of high prosperity and opportunity for its citizens.
So here we are today. The UK is stuck on its 1688 model. USA is stuck on its 1797 model. And the Europeans are stuck on their post-WW2 model, to which we are starting to see some cracks.
Is it not possible that we, the people of this world in 2019, cannot create a higher version of democracy? Was all the world’s political intellect used up in 1688, 1789, and 1950 — and there is no more to be found?
Umair won’t well you exactly what to do. But I will. We need to build another version of democracy. A higher version. A more compassionate version. A non-competitive version. A consultative version. A sharing version. A wiser version. A version that is for everyone, not just the most ambitious citizens.
And you know what: we will have to get off our butts and built it. We can’t hope the political parties will do it for us. We can’t wait for some celebrity to endorse it. We can’t wait for rich people to put money behind it.
And there really is no other way to build it. If the political elite, the celebrities, and wealthy somehow develop another system — even if we get to vote “yea” or “nay” for it — this new system will still be mostly for them.
Umair readers: It’s all your choice. You have to get to work.
So spend three hours with Tiered Democratic Governance. Ask yourselves, is this TDG not possible? Imagine yourself in Britain in 1688, in USA in 1789, in Europe in 1950? Would you be saying “nay” to these systems as well? Where would the world be today if these naysayers had their way?