Running Government

How would switching from a Representative Democracy to a Direct Democracy work?  We might keep Representatives, Senators,  and other elected officials  in office, but grant them almost no power, insofar as they would only play the roles of bill sponsors, debaters, advisors, administrators and diplomats.  Each representative would be bound to votes on each bill…

Simplify Legislation

The “One Subject at a Time” Act currently before Congress and the Senate proposes legislation that would be needed for an effective Direct Democracy. Each bill or joint resolution would be required to have a short title that clearly and descriptively describes the subject (legislation could not be called the “Patriot Act,” for example).  Under…

Mob rule

The votes of an uneducated majority are more likely to overwhelm the votes of  better informed voters in a system where people vote for politicians/parties, not actual legislation. In a Direct Democracy, only those who have taken the time to become educated about a bill will likely take the time to vote on it. By what…

Campaign Financing

Should the U.S. follow the example of several other countries and make paid  campaign ads on TV Illegal?  What about spending any money at all on a campaign, referendum, or lobbyist? How would democracy fare if there were no campaign donations, no paid advertising, no paid campaign staff or paid petition gatherers? Only volunteers? How…

Online Voting

Online elections would make it very convenient for people to participate in a Direct Democracy. However, given that traditional paper ballots are significantly less prone to election fraud than electronic voting, especially with machines made by Diebold and ES&S, there is room for concern that online votes can also be hacked. Both election fraud and…

Ranked voting

If in a Direct Democracy elected representative still act on behalf of the people, writing the bills and advising the people, then how might representatives be more representative of the various political opinions? Most developed nations have multiple political parties, not just two. Protecting voters against the “wasted third-party vote” syndrome could be accomplished with…

Reduce the Number of Bills

In 2015, Congress voted on about 600 bills.  Perhaps not all these bills deserve public attention, if even the attention of Congress. For example, Congress voted on whether or not to rename a post office in Staten Island, New York.  Could decisions like this be made by the Post Office?  or by the people in…

Correlating Taxation and Voting

Direct Democracy cannot work if citizens are allowed to vote the country into deeper debt. What if all approved programs and services had to be correlated with a source of funding? Public works might be paid for by fiat money, as well as partially supported by workfare.  Tariffs might pay for basic government operations. Hospital…