What is Democracy?

Over the past few decades and especially in recent times, there has been a lot of complaining about democracy – that it does not work, or that it is not a good system for government, or that it is only good for the rich or that it is just plain useless.

Democracy is neither a good thing nor a bad thing, it is just one type of decision making process used by communities for governing communities. But like any other process it can work well, or not work at all, or be manipulated.

The word “democracy” is derived from the ancient Greek words “demos” meaning “people” and “kratis” meaning “power”, which means “power to the people” or “people power”. Democracy therefore means power to, or of, the people. Democracy is therefore a generic name for the many democratic ways by which a community makes decisions using people power. 

There are combinations of more or less democratic processes and methods adopted in practice by most if not all countries of the world. For example, there are constitutional democracies, managed democracies, representative democracies, republican democracies, monarchical democracies, socialist democracies, pluralist democracies, federal democracies, national democracies, community democracies and all sorts of other democracies.
Sometimes the biggest issue for a country is not the democratic process itself, but how that process is implemented. Democratic processes can be manipulated to put self-interest ahead of community interest as we all know. Democratic processes are also easy to misrepresent and be misunderstood.

Some democratic processes are clearly better than others. For example, it is preferable for communities to adopt a written constitution rather than rely on convention. And written constitutions based on the lasting principles of freedom, equality and security for the people are also preferred to those serving only to protect a temporary regime. (I wrote one for you)

So now I hope you can see that “democracy” is not at all a dirty word, but is a generic term for the many democratic processes and methods adopted by communities for making decisions affecting those communities and the people who live in them.

Any sensible debate about democracy will not be about democracy itself, but about which democratic processes are best for the community and how they are to be implemented for the benefit of the community. 

Any democracy that adopts the most suitable democratic processes and methods for the community will effectively reduce the impact of personalities over the people in the community. Good processes will beat bad personalities for control over communities.

The Problem With Global Institutions

The problem with the global institutions we already have and have had is that they all fail to maintain the integrity of the processes by which they are supposed to operate.

The pattern is always the same (as it regrettably generally follows human failings).

Most of the global institutions…

…firstly are established with the best of intentions

… secondly they do a few good things, score a few little wins and then use marketing graduates and lawyers to promote themselves to the world as saints

… thirdly they receive support from other do-gooders and get funded and resourced to do more

… fourthly, they build bureaucracies to leverage actions and words to do more – fifthly they attract the crooks and sharks because they are well funded and naive

… sixthly the few good people left in the institutions leave because they see the start of corruption and wasteage in the institution and they get kicked out anyway because they are marked

… seventhly the snakeoil salesman move in to smooth the waters of discontent and to maintain funding for the fat cats, sharks and crooks and pirates

… eighthly the snipers (metaphorically speaking of course) are employed to take out any remaining dogooders who could squeal and upset the party by leaking the truth

… ninthly the institution is left alone because it is so big and powerful that it cannot be questioned and it has its own security forces anyway

… tenthly it runs for as long as it can suck the world dry along with its team mates and buddies until it either implodes through internal self destruction and violence, or is destroyed by wartime.  After its destruction and after many deaths of good (but lazy) people by bad people, the environment either goes black for a while (as everyone is tired) or we start again at step 1.

The only way to prevent this boom bust lifecycle is establishing a self regulating and self checking process of institutional integrity, which hopefully will come sooner rather than later.

Such a process does not involve Presidents, revolutions, socialisms, capitalisms etc. It requires only sound thinking, a few smart strategies and a few resources in the right places to implement the process, the rest will follow for as long as the POW seek equality freedoms and security, and in accordance with humanity’s 96/4 rule.

POW press Conference and the launch of a global democracy

http://bit.ly/presidentoftheworld

Constitution of the Democracy of the Peoples of the World

CONSTITUTION

of the DEMOCRACY of the

PEOPLES OF THE WORLD

1. Proclamation of the Constitution

1.1 This Constitution is for and by the Peoples of the World.

2. Constitutional Purposes

2.1 This Constitution proclaims the Constitution Principles and Constitution Actions of the Peoples of the World.

3. Principles of the Peoples of the World

3.1 The Principles are Freedom, Equality and Security.

3.2 Freedom – Each person shall be free to act and think in any way provided a person’s actions do not interfere with another person’s access to the freedoms equalities and securities of this Constitution.

3.3 Equality – Each person shall have equal access to the necessities of life to enable each person to perform obligations and exercise rights in the fulfillment of their lives in society. This includes equal access to water, food and a home. Each person alone and in community shall have equal opportunity to socialize, learn, work, play and rest having regard to the person’s age and abilities and without regard to a person’s appearance, genetics and beliefs.

3.4 Security – Each person alone and in community shall at all times be safe in exercising these freedoms and equalities and shall help each other secure the freedoms and equalities of this Constitution.

4. Acts of the People of the World

4.1 The Peoples of the World shall act to make laws, to establish governing organisations, to adjudicate and to review for the protection of the Principles.

4.2 Laws include decrees, laws, rules, customs and codes of any kind for each person alone and in community.

4.3 Governing organisations include governments, departments, agencies, cabinets, committees, conventions, courts or other forms of organisation created by any person alone or in community, for the purpose of applying the Laws.

4.4 Adjudications include determinations, decisions, findings, judgments or other form of adjudication made by a person alone or in community for the resolution of issues arising from the application of the Laws by the Governing organisations.

4.5 Reviews of the Laws, Governing organisations and Adjudications shall be undertaken by any person alone or in community for the purpose of assessing and reporting on the effectiveness of the Laws, Governing organisations and Adjudications.

5. Constitution Regulations

Regulations may be made under this Constitution for the maintenance and advancement of the Principles and Acts under this Constitution.

Peoples of the World

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Launching a Global Democracy Site

There is a need for the People of the World to have a greater say and influence in managing and resolving the world’s problems. The present system of national governments and cross border institutions (such as the UN) has become so stifled by bureaucratic priorities that the world’s problems are not being adequately addressed – and too many People of the World continue to suffer needlessly.

These national governments and cross border institutions still operate according to nineteenth century principles and laws, which are no longer useful in dealing with the world’s problems. These governments and institutions have, for many years, enjoyed powers and resources which should have been used to improve living standards for all People of the World and not just a select few. These select few have learned to control and manipulate governments and institutions for their own priorities. Now, these governments and institutions, which were established for the good of all, serve mainly the interests of the privileged few.

We will soon launch a site that uses a social media approach for People of the World to highlight problems and solutions. Social media is a powerful tool of change because it forces governments and institutions to address the urgent needs of the People of the World. Historical and recent events prove that leaders must follow public opinion, or they eventually fail.

Comments on the Global Financial Crisis

The current financial crisis is not being resolved. Every leader is looking for solutions that get them short term praise. Or they’re getting misguided, agenda driven advice from those who created the problem in the first place. We’re in a mess, folks.

Capitalism is really nothing more than the lawful exploitation and destruction of resources (labour and capital) for the purpose of maximizing profits.  Extreme capitalism leads to extreme socialism, and vica versa, as proven in theory and in practice by the government buyout of the banks in the US and China’s concentration of wealth in government officialdom.

The reform laws I’ve seen are weak as they do not strike at the essence of the problems in financial services regulation.

The real essence of the whole of the finance sector problem is the misguided Harvard approach contained in the “law economics model” to wealth creation.

This model, developed in the 1980s says that if you align company management interests to those of stock holders, by allowing managers to partake in share bonus schemes linked to the financial and share performance of the company, then company managers will maximise shareholder wealth because it is in their interest to do so.

This of course led to managers all over the western world manipulating and inflating profits and share prices (through clever press releases announcing new company contracts, etc) for their personal benefit.

Human nature easily justifies the means to an end approach – i.e. “Everybody does it” – so you end up with lots of CEO and manager mega payouts before the real proverbial hits the fan and everyone, the unlucky and misinformed shareholders and public at the end of the chain, is none the wiser.

Many financial students, disillusioned by the apathetic baby boomers, strive to follow suit. We’re locked into a system of everyone for themselves at everyone’s peril.

By the time of the GFC crash many of the crooks had cut and run, made their personal profits and have now returned as wise men to advise governments on how to get out of the mess they created over the last 15 years since the last crash – this is why very few Treasury bureacrats were sacked across governments, even though they all knew that the financial crash had to happen one day because there always had to be some limit to lending given the fixed number of potential borrowers across the world.

What’s required is a system of practices that can be monitored, so unreasonable profits are not made at the expense of ethical economic practice.

Stay tuned for my proposal and feel free to suggest your own.

Global Democracy

There is a need for the People of the World to have a greater say and influence in managing and resolving the world’s problems.
The present system of national governments and cross border institutions (such as the UN) has become so stifled by bureaucratic priorities that the world’s problems are not being adequately addressed – and too many People of the World continue to suffer needlessly.
These national governments and cross border institutions still operate according to nineteenth century principles and laws, which are no longer useful in dealing with the world’s problems.
These governments and institutions have, for many years, enjoyed powers and resources which should have been used to improve living standards for all People of the World and not just a select few. These select few have learned to control and manipulate governments and institutions for their own priorities. Now, these governments and institutions, which were established for the good of all, serve mainly the interests of the privileged few.
I will soon launch a website that provides the People of the World with a voice and a vote on global issues affecting their world and their communities.
Stay tuned to my Facebook, twitter or YouTube page for the launch.