Monday, April 18, 2005

What is democracy?

An amusing, possibly-insightful look into alternatvies to democracy, from the BBC. The Canton system is the most interesting of the lot, especially as the reason "Against" is pretty spurious...

The article's also possibly too non-serious to make mention of voting reform which, I suspect, could make a difference to the ongoing, increasing apathy we have.

Personally, I figure the future will consist of a more dynamic mix of various of these. The idea of Cantons could arise sporadically (in the physical world, or in the virtual space), based on more efficient communication networks, but the system could possibly be more fluid, more flexible, such that different systems are tried more, and those which are better emerge intuitively. The trick is to keep flexibility while maintaining a sane level of inclusion and accountability - not easy.

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