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You are not free because your country is governed through the system called “Electoral Representative Democracy.”
Electoral representative democracy is not a truly democratic system, it concentrates all the power in society in a few hands, and it is also an inefficient system that polarizes and divides society.
Under this system, the politicians have the power to control, modify, or influence the circumstances in which you live, and therefore, they control, modify, or influence the opportunities available to you, your freedoms, your civic duties, your economy, your security, your health, the impact your society has on the environment, etc. In this system, power is concentrated in a few hands.
In this system, you have the freedom to do what you want with the options, possibilities, and freedoms your circumstances generate; but your circumstances are influenced, modified, or determined by the politicians.
If others have the power to influence, modify, or determine the circumstances that generate the opportunities, possibilities, and freedoms you have, you are not free and the master of your own destiny.
In the book Democratic Objectivecracy you will find 11 arguments that demonstrate Electoral Representative Democracy is not real democracy.
Democratic Objectivecracy is a new form of social organization system that centers the attention of the citizens in the objectives of the social contract, on the reason why every single person wants to join and be part of the society. It is a social organization system that enables the citizens to choose the objectives of their society. These objectives might be the circumstances they want to generate and in which they want to live in; they might be opportunities they want every citizen to have; they might be freedoms they want everyone to have; they might be anything the citizens want their society to be, and to generate for each and every citizen.
For example, one of the objectives chosen by the society is the protection of human life. This will mean that even when the police or any type of security organization works to catch a criminal, they have to avoid lethal force because the life of the criminal is also protected by the society's objective. This will also mean that public policy has to protect human life more tan private property and economic gain.
If the society selects stopping global warming as one of its objectives, that will mean that industrial production will be subjected to environmental regulation.
Using the process of democracy by average, the citizens will be able to select an objective list scaled by order of importance.
For example, you might have environmental protection with 20% and economic development with 15%. This will mean that that the society will strive to develop its economy, that protecting the environment is more important, so any effort to develop the economy cannot destroy the environment.
Once the objectives of the society are elected through average democracy, the whole of society is organized to achieve its objectives. To be a truly democratic system there will not be a hierarchical organization that will decide and impose how to achieve the society's objectives, but instead, every citizen will be able to propose projects, actions, laws, and public contracts to achieve the societies objectives. There will be a body of citizens chosen by lot that will review and evaluate the citizen's proposals and will decide among them based on efficiency, cost, and estimated results. When a project is chosen, its results are audited and evaluated by another body of citizens selected by lot. If a tender, a project, a law is not achieving its estimated results or is generating side effects that go against any other of the society's objectives, then it is revoked and another tender is chosen to achieve the objective. The projects and laws might change according to their results and efficiency, but the objectives chosen by all the citizens will remain.
This is a form of social organization in which the citizens choose the objectives of their society, and they themselves propose actions, projects, laws, or collective contracts to achieve these objectives. The proposals are evaluated and approved by a citizens' assembly chosen by lot, and once in effect, they are audited by another assembly of citizens chosen by lot.
In this social organization system, people do not vote for president, ministers, or legislators, they do not vote for politicians and there will be no professional politicians. Every citizen will be involved as much or as little as he wants in the political organization of his society. Some people will only participate in the process to elect the objectives of society, others will want to participate in the process of proposing projects and laws to achieve these objectives. But regardless of what they choose, every single citizen will have the same impact on the objectives of their society and will have the same opportunities to tender and propose tenders, projects, actions, laws, or collective contracts to achieve the society's objectives.
This is a truly democratic system because it organizes the citizens so that they themselves can rule, so that power is distributed horizontally. It is very difficult, next to impossible to corrupt. It is very efficient and it can organize large numbers of people to achieve small and big objectives alike.
Through a system like this, we can organize society to stop global warming, to end poverty, police repression and economic inequality, etc.
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