From:   kindofblue <occupythemall@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 22, 2011 9:03:56 AM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   [september17discuss] Re: The Culture of Democracy: We are ALL Leaders
 

IMO, I disagree with the main point. Sorry, but I believe some form

of representative democracy is essential. In large governments it is

impossible to be involved in every decision. This is especially true

if one has a full-time job, or other time-consuming responsibilities

that preclude full-time devotion to governance. We must delegate some

decision-making, it is only practical.

 

I cannot make it to every GA, and certainly not every working group

meeting. That means that I have no voice when I am not present, and

those who are able to be present full-time have a greater voice. I

disagree with that. Even if you were able to create some perfect

online system for decision-making people would not have the time to

study every problem and make an informed decision. I'm sorry, but

that's just the truth, IMO. Direct democracy only works for small

projects, but beyond a certain size one cannot escape delegation of

some form. We are currently seeing that in OWS, and I think we should

honestly admit that at some level delegation is required, instead of

resolutely claiming "block any delegation." If we admit that some

form of delegation is inevitable, then we can work on appropriate

checks and balances to make sure delegation is fair and not

corrupting. If we don't explicitly acknowledge the issue, then

implicit delegation is bound to creep up. In fact, it already has.

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