Direct Economic (Empirical) Democracy


When we say democracy we could be referring to the use of votes for very different purposes. We could be using them to select representatives. We could be using them to choose preferred commons.  We could be using them to select preferred behavior. We could be using them to punish impermissible behavior.

I see no case at all for representatives in an era of cheap mass communications.  If we are to use representatives at all, they should be chosen by lot for a single year, and held accountable for their actions by rule of law like any other contract maker.

As far as I can tell, direct economic democracy either by proportion or by equal share, where one’s votes may NOT be proxied, will produce (a) the most educated and aware population, and (b) the least corrupt government, as long as (c) all statements must be ‘scientifically’ truthful by the terms i’ve defined elsewhere.

The dominance of single houses independent of classes the dominance of parties, the use of representatives, and the cheapness of lobbying representatives rather than the voters, are all malincentives.

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