A democracy that responds to communities rather than billionaires and corporate lobbyists

Citizens, communities, my own neighbours; we are all experts in how our lives are affected by the toxic economic system we live in. We should stop patronising and talking down to people, but rather listen to their own ideas. This can be done by peoples assemblies and other forms of deliberative democracy. Citizens Assemblies need to become established as the norm, with every town running a peoples assembly to resolve contentious issues that arise. The current economic and political system infantilises the general public. This needs to stop. Respect needs to be shown to all citizens and their voices heard, even if we don't agree with what they are saying.

Why the contribution is important

Citizens and communities that feel unheard become disengaged from political life, and increasingly hopeless that their lives will ever change for the better. People are accepting meaningless robotic jobs on very low wages. It is important that this trend is reversed, that jobs that have meaning are created - there is no shortage of ways to do this - merely the lack of political will to carry out what is necessary. For happiness and wellbeing of all, we need to move to a form of democracy that values its people rather than denigrating them.

by lesliesoulfire on October 23, 2020 at 10:08AM

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  • Posted by Paul October 23, 2020 at 15:05

    This is utterly essential. Our current political system is incapable of responding adequately to the climate and ecological crisis. Our current political system prevents, even well intentioned politicians, from making the necessary transformational decisions and actions that we must have. Re-connecting the political system to the power that the citizens of Scotland hold, through peoples assemblies, is a vital step for Scotland.
  • Posted by davidso October 24, 2020 at 00:45

    System Change not Climate Change - and re-connect our law-makers with the citizens they serve - not corporate interests
  • Posted by bental October 24, 2020 at 19:33

    The lack of local councils in Scotland is a gaping hole in our democracy.

    The Assembly should consider local assemblies to fill this gap, alongside a national citizen's assembly to make our democracy more robust and, crucially, resistant to the influence of lobbyists and an increasing gulf between the 'people' and the political elite
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