Sunday Thoughts 016

Democracy and Hierarchy

In the West there is a growing concern about the very existence of Democracy but few attempts to understand the root cause, other than “follow the money”.

The root cause is political parties.

Political parties are, by their very nature, undemocratic. They model businesses: hierarchy, employees / members and “customers” who pay for services with their vote. The services they provide are party-selected representatives, whose allegiance is to the party and its internal power struggles rather than those who elected them.

Votes are fungible and subject to hyper-inflation – their value drops to zero once cast.

What to do?

There is no need to abolish political parties, an impossibility.

New Zealand has an electoral system that allows electorates to put forward an independent candidate. If the majority of electorates voted for an independent and those independents agreed to form a government amongst themselves, all political parties would find themselves in opposition.

Free, constituent-based debate would be possible. Democracy may just be restored.

But it starts at the bottom.


Sunday Thoughts is a weekly series of sometimes incomplete thought pieces to stimulate thinking, and possibly annoy you.

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