FM-2030: What is the Future of Democracy? Part 2

Fm-2030: "We will have, in this country, the ability for the people to vote directly." "Directly on major issues, instead of voting only for politicians." "We will have it precisely because that's the nature of things. The new will create it." "How does the new system work? "Mind you, these are just suggestions. They're just guidelines. You can work out your own, come up with better guidelines." "Each month, computers select all the members. Members are picked at random to maximum represent all elements in the community or State." "Women, men, youngsters under 16, people over 80, professionals, non-professionals, scientists, idealists, musicians, entertainers, etc." "They do not compete or struggle for membership. They serve on Referendum Committees no longer than one month." "Those selected are required to serve as in jury duty today. It ought to be an obligation for individuals working within this new, truly democratic system to participate at least for one month on these committees." "We now have the capacity to test out through computer modeling, through computer simulation whether in fact the plan is feasible." "Sometimes the majority does not know what is best." "Instant electronic referendums, we already have referendums." "What I'm suggesting is we need more and more of them so that we can vote directly on issues, not vote for individuals." "Every member of the community over the age of, say ten or twelve, has a direct telephone or terminal tie into the referendum center." "The referendum center submits a list of issues to all the people." "Presentations are telecast several times a day for several days on a special referendum channel." "All sides of every issue are aired. Computer projections of probable consequences of each option are also aired." "Because there are no struggles for leadership and power, issues are relatively free of personal conflicts, ambitions and narrow self interest." "The focus is on the merit of different plans, not what is good for MY election or MY stay in office or MY party or MY ideology." "Every month on Referendum Day, people deploy their terminals/ telephones to register their votes on the issues before them." "Each individual has identification, which the referendum center instantly verifies to make sure nobody votes more than once." "People can tele-vote from anywhere. Your home, your work, beach, airport, anywhere." "A community, regional or global referendum, can technically be carried out within one hour." "These are details that have to be worked out. Everyone is required to vote or register some response to the issues." "Those who fail to call in are automatically contacted by the referendum center and asked for their input." "In emergencies, referendums are held right away even within one day's notice." "Referendum results must be put to computer modeling. They may contradict majority decisions to support minority views or the computer may find specific flaws with a decision." "The referendum committee may then de-bug the flaw and offer modified plans to the people the following month or right away." "Here, in all fairness, I think computers can help us make decisions where in fact highly technical information is needed, where modeling and simulation can help." "However, computers do not have the capacity for vision or for ideals or for dreams or for even fine tuning values and so on." "Your input is very necessary." "This is direct, universal democracy."

13 thoughts on “FM-2030: What is the Future of Democracy? Part 2

  • I wonder how people will deal with minority rights in a direct democracy. Computer simulations can help in testing solutions for issues that are more administrative in nature, but what about those that have a more ethical leaning? When people are unable to agree on their values, the same outcome presented by a simulation can be seen as good by a certain group, but as bad by another.

  • I really loved your videos about direct democracy but what do you think is the solution if the nation you live in is filled with ignorance? How do you start educating (and i mean real education, not biased in any kind) a whole nation when almost every politician is corrupted and almost no one in your nation cares?

    I do think that people can do better than the reprensatives for themselves, but sometimes i have some doubts.

  • FM's idea on voting directly on issues instead of for individual politicians is great new way to consider for our future, it could help change the way our society works as a whole. we would be able to be much more involved in decisions that are made that will directly effect us and our family.

  • In the previous video I was afraid of mob rule, but i like the idea of using computer simulations because "sometimes people don't know what's best." That keeps things objective. Also computer simulations are completely new and it would be interesting to see it integrated into a new form of government

  • To think that we will be able to vote directly and not just for politicians is super exciting. I would love to be able to have a say in what happens in the government. Just because a politician is required to declare a party doesn't mean they represent the said party. This concept is very new and intriguing.

  • I can't help but consider how the increased politicization of society has effect on potential futures, such as the one imagined here. Every issue is political–separating issues from politics may be the challenge.

  • Interesting way of seeing things. I never thought about this idea of "referendum day". It will level the playing field but as many have commented, there is still the chance of corruption.

  • Might point out that the biggest issue in any system is money/power over Others – what is to stop bribery of referendum representatives?  Fortunately, We just now have the tech to not only input directly, but also to eliminate the need to account for the energy and value We input into a system (money).  Add a solutocratic system run through the web, solving problems rather than trying to force a "solution" for the future onto People in the form of "laws."  Again, I offer My forum for research and discussion of such a system (as well as a description of how We can remove the need for money):

    T.A.P. – You're It!

    “Revolution in ideas, not blood.”


    “Did You give an oath and find it’s bait and switch?  Well, there is no oath then, is there?”
    "ALL money systems promote the most psychopathic to the top of the money/power heap – THEY will do ANYTHING to get there."
    "The love of money is the root of all evil; remove the soil in which the root grows…"
    "If the universe is made of mostly "dark" energy…can We use it to run Our cars?"
    "If You want peace, take the PROFIT out of war."

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