Here is a serious sort of political post with no (I think) female/male issues (I think that is distraction). I read some intersting stuff about public opinion and the sate of democracy. It was conducted in the UK but probably would apply in many western democracies.
It said how low the esteem of.. well lots of voters was of Members of Parliament, Political Parties, Parliament, even western democracy.
When you dug through the responses it looked to me that one of the main problems was not with the idea, or the ideal, but with how things actually are. Like the voter felt let down and disenfranchised.
Politicians seemed to be held in very low esteem.
People seem to want their representative in parliament to actually represent their or at least the general view of the voters in their area. Not the Party Line or the MPs own view. Also there was a general view politicians are liars, probably because they only stick with political promises made to get elected if it suits them. The British Labour party even argued in court _aaand won_ that voters couldn’t hold them to a promise they had made to get people to vote for them.
Think about it …They actually, not just admitted, but _argued_ and _proved_ in a court of law that their pledges were not worth the paper they were written on. I guess we all _suspected_ that, but for them to be so “in your face about it”? Can you believe it?
The research also showed that lots of people thought big important stuff should not be left to politicians any more but be decided by referendum or if they ever let a person have more than one in a generation or two referenda.
It got me thinking about democracy, I know it has all been hi-jacked from time to time by despots and elite powerful groups but waay back people could all get together and do stuff in a town square arguing and deciding by a show of hands. Groups of people got bigger you couldn’t do that and so someone would go to represent and put the point of a whole bunch of people and people could watch it to keep them honest.
Now things are bigger still but still there is this system put together when there was not better way of doing it. A system being twisted by the people entrusted with it not doing it honestly with integrity.
I figure party politics is maybe another problem. It’s like a PPV TV package where you end up getting a whole bunch of stuff you don’t actually want at all just to get a couple of things you do.
I think that is why a lot of people who are interested are more into single issue politics where you get a whole mix of notional politically left and right voters supporting a single issue. They figure sometimes they can actually make a difference.
So what’s to do? Well with the internet and TV and Radio we can have e-petitions and all get to inform ourselves and debate, big issues and we can all have the chance to, join in, argue, decide, and vote our own opinion directly. Technology can let us get back to a more “natural” way of doing things.
One thing for absolutely sure. If we did that we would have to be real careful never to allow whoever decided the questions we voted on not to railroad us into giving the answer they wanted, or the last questions you ever got to choose between might be something like:
“Do you want this civil servant to be Lord Protector, appoint a competent Prime Minister and ban wasteful inefficient democracy?”
“Do you want to ban inefficient democracy and have this person administer the country and protect you from organised crime and terrorism?”
What do you all think? Have we got to where a directly representative democracy work now? Would “they” let it happen? Would it actually be better if it could? How would it work?