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Pure Visible Democracy – versus – Current Democracies

This is a large complex subject. For the time being, I will just put in an excerpt from my “The Wonder Plant” novel, which covers the subject briefly. After this I just list the headings of advantages and disadvantages of the different systems. Later I may cover the subject in more detail.
But, there was also another subject, which I wanted to query. ‘In your government system, you don’t have an opposition party. How do you justify this?’
            ‘In a capitalist system it is natural to have two opposing parties.’ Monica replied. ‘So there is usually a conservative party. And this party is usually supported by the rich, who wish to conserve their wealth. And, opposed to this party, there is usually a form of socialist party who wish to use some of this wealth for the common social good and also give more money to the people who are doing all the work. But we here can’t have these two parties because everyone is already the same.
            ‘But there is another reason. Here we do not subscribe to the concept of “leaders”. So here, none of our many communities has one leader - but rather we have a multitude of different officers all requiring differing expertise. We think our system is fairer for our officers because each officer can independently tell all their members what they have done themselves. So every member of the community is capable of judging how well each officer does their particular job. Also a person can only hold one officer position at a time and then only hold that position for a year. So all our officer jobs are circulated and so - certainly a representative for a manor can’t be an officer in the village. So we have a very fair and just system.
            ‘But, in a capitalist system, there is a leader for each party and the electorate instead chooses between these two leaders. Then the officers of the communities are chosen by the leaders of the parties, and not by the people (or their representatives) as in our system. So, in this sense, our system is much more democratic. So the two systems are quite different.'



The advantages of a Pure Visible Democracy are:
            It is simpler.
            Everyone one can see and understand what is doing on.
            The people will choose all their various leaders (i.e. officers).
            All officers can be assured that their good works will be appreciated.
            In general the system is fairer to all people.
            This system should result in a significantly better form of government.


The advantages of Current Democracies are:
            The voters have to do much less work.
            Theses systems are more entertaining.
            These systems have secret ballots, so the voters are protected from reprisals.
            In a way these systems are more robust because, when the state of the nation gets really bad, then the voters have a more obvious opposition party to vote for.


So the choice between these different systems is tricky. But in general the choice is fairly obvious. When you are setting up a small new community, then you should choose a Pure Visible Democracy which gives equal opportunity to all its members. But, when you are dealing with a large country, which is being run reasonably well, then you should leave the working government as it is.

            So this problem rarely arises.



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Updated on 14/11/2016.