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