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Is our political system old and stupid?
Is our two party representative system archaic and stupid?

Keep in mind soon we will have cyborgs and nanotech.


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I, for one, welcome our nanobot overlords


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The Pirate Party in Germany has a online voting system where all members can start online discussions about policy and then get people to vote on the issues they care about with the results setting the parties policy.

They just took 7.8% of the vote in North Rhine-Westaphelia which gave them 20 seats in the State government there so they are clearly having an effect on the political scene there.

There will obviously be teething problems with that sort of party system and in Germany they really have a 6 party system not a 2 party one due to all of their government seats having similar voting rules as our Senate.

I'm not saying it's perfect but it is a clear alternative to our rather tired 2 party system.
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They've been embracing nanotechnology on a large scale since 9/11
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Mix the Pirate Parties voting system, with cybernetics and a worldwide network and you have the beginnings of the Demarchy from Alastair Reynolds books set in the Revelation Space Universe.

Basically it's democracy on steroids, with anyone able to vote on any issue at any time via their internet by way of neural implants taken to the extreme of even their buildings changing shape and design based on the desires of the majority of the residents.

In addition to the way people vote is taken into consideration by the voting computers and correctly choosing the "right" choice in emergencies even if the majority voted otherwise means your vote eventually gains more weight with some peoples votes counting for 2 or 3 people rather than just one.

Could be possible in a few decades with simplistic forms possible now.
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Originally Posted by Griggle View Post

The Pirate Party in Germany has a online voting system where all members can start online discussions about policy and then get people to vote on the issues they care about with the results setting the parties policy.

They just took 7.8% of the vote in North Rhine-Westaphelia which gave them 20 seats in the State government there so they are clearly having an effect on the political scene there.

There will obviously be teething problems with that sort of party system and in Germany they really have a 6 party system not a 2 party one due to all of their government seats having similar voting rules as our Senate.

I'm not saying it's perfect but it is a clear alternative to our rather tired 2 party system.

This sounds at least mildly better. The primary thing I am concerned about is our lack of transition to deliberation and direct input.
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