Liquid Democracy

Sounds like some kind of diet drink, doesn’t it? Liquid Democracy, as if you could gulp it down and lose all the unwanted partisan gridlock.

Maybe we could, one day.

I’ve talked about liquid democracy under a different name before, the much-less cool sounding “dynamic representation.” The idea is pretty simple: you start with a base of direct democracy. Everyone gets a vote on matters of legislation. By everyone I mean all citizens, there wouldn’t be a House of Representatives in the way that we have now.

Yet LD is wise enough to know that not everyone is going to care enough about every bill to take the time to learn about it in depth, so a citizen can go ahead and vest their vote with a proxy. Which is *sort of * what we do now when we elect Congresscritters. Only the difference is that a citizen can pull their vote from their proxy at any time on any issue and either place it with another proxy or vote directly on the bill. They can even do this on an issue by issue basis.

As a simple “better than what we have now” structure this makes a lot of sense to me. Maker knows there are oodles of specifics to work out. Who actually writes laws? Would there be a professional class of legislators whose job it was to keep laws consistent with each other? How would the proxy system work?

Then there are all those who see such sweeping reforms as Quixotic endeavors. America is a two party system and discussion of anything else is impractical.

I have as little patience for this attitude as I do for those who think that you shouldn’t bother working within the system, and that rejecting the structures of control in favor of the espirit of revolution is the only way to change the world, brother.

Why can’t people see that change comes about when there is sufficient pressure from both within and without? That if there isn’t work for reform while there’s also a movement going on outside the halls of power that nothing happens? Why isn’t that fucking obvious to everyone by now?

For the record: I don’t know who coined the term “Liquid Democracy,” but I sure do like it.