Direct Democracy

The technology now exists in most if not all developed countries for a movement to direct democracy. In spite of their being talk of a crisis in democracy in much of the west and in spite of a rising disillusionment with elected representatives among people, there remains little if any consideration of trying direct democracy.

With internet connections widely available at home, workplaces and public areas and people now used to voting by phone or internet for nearly everything from reality TV to their favourite products surely you’d think there would be some discussion of this issue.

Confusionists are never keen to enter debates on one form of oppression versus another, and all political systems are a form of oppression. Representative democracy as we have discussed elsewhere is the most refined version of oppression os far and gives people a stake in their own oppression. Of course direct democracy would also add its own dimensions of confusion, frustration and lack of fulfillment as a new version of oppression, if of course ever even mooted let alone introduced.

However, from a confusionist perspective it is interesting to note the structures and institutions that would be disadvantaged or made obsolete by this form of democracy uniting to make sure the possibility is never heard so that they and those that thrive by being part of them can continue to prosper and control. We certainly cannot expect the political institutions such as representatives, political parties, parliaments, presidents to lead any change that would by most assessment lead to greater democracy as it would of course mean their roles would be at least heavily changed if not made redundant and crucially their power would be reduced. Similarly all the other institutions that currently hold a central role in our societies would not like to see them loose power via connection to the representative polity or to put their scrutiny, existence and role in the hands of ordinary people. Certainly we can expect no movement towards direct democracy to be suggested by such interested parties and the primary goal of institutions and structures of perpetuating themselves can be clearly seen.

Of course arguments that people are not experts on complicated fields, do not have the time to consider important issues or may make emotive but dangerous decisions or that a tyranny of the majority may result will be made. However, each of these can be levelled at the very elected representatives who have such tarnished reputations, and surely questions must be asked of if democracy is not rule of the people by the people then what is it? 

But then that comes back to the nature of oppression and power and perpetuation of power. And that is the central theme to confusionists rather than any comparative study of various forms of oppression and control. Recognise the true nature of the structures and institutions around you. And by looking at the possibility for direct democracy in context of the suppression of the idea the true nature of the structures associated with representative democracy can be seen.

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