Archive for Representativeness

E.T. GO HOME…!!!

Posted in Accountability, Behaviour, Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, Ethics, politics, self-managed, Society with tags , , , , on 17/05/2012 by Living out of Eden

It’s quite usual to hear these days, the statement that politicians are not E.T. that landed from a UFO, since they’ve been raised in, and are part of the same society in which all of us live. But then I ask myself: “So what???” So are common criminals and no one goes ranting for a general amnesty and freedom of the prisoners.

The excuse that  politicians and citizens have equal responsibility is not only a fallacy, but an outraging BS, which only outcome is moral decline and the lack of accountability of the governments. We (or let’s better say, those who are) the voters, are praised and desired at election times, but invited to stay mute the rest of the time.

People are not deciding their future with their vote.

You bet we need to change this society, even when you haven’t been one of the “damaged” yet.

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The vote

Posted in Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, Ethics, Philosophy, politics, Revolution, Society with tags , , , , on 12/11/2011 by Living out of Eden

Voting is the action, that since those of us being contemporary had been aware, applies to make Society believe it’s itself the one to decide its’ own future.

The vote has no value. It’s not binding anymore, since with absolute independence from the electoral programme for which any government could have been elected, once in office, that same government will carry out a completely different programme, dissociated  from the latter, in response to an imposed agenda, which is always an open secret.

We are then witnesses and victims of our own naivety, and each time we exercise the vote, we do nothing but tripping over the same rock.

Voting turns that way, into an act of faith, but not in terms of confidence in the voted candidates (which is already gruesome in itself), but of the strong conviction it is a decision tool for the people. The proofs, ALL THE PROOFS, say almost always, if not always, EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE.

And thus, we keep on addressing our “Principle of Hope” to the wrong place. Because that is the way we’ve been taught. That is the way the wizards of tribe told us the story. Positive thinking. Continuity. Civilization. Control. Balance. All of this, would be ideal and irreproachable, if it wasn’t for it systematically (intentionally) leads to the same result.

Under the excuse of legitimacy of the vote, they (we) had also deceived us in the motto that says: “if you don’t vote, you cannot complain”. The only fact of being part of a Society, paying taxes, holding responsibilities in the day to day life, is what entitles, enables and gives us the right to complain.

We assent.

We consent.

We believe.

And we fall again.

It’s not insane to sustain contradictory concepts at the same time.

It’s insane  to think that things will change, in spite of the fact that we keep on doing always the same.

Recovering Democracy?

Posted in Crisis, Culture, Economics, politics, Society, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/06/2011 by Living out of Eden

We are currently undergoing a promissing period of change, or at least, so it seems.

There had been in the recent months, demonstrations in several parts of the world, in which, people gathered spontaneously in iconic public spaces, to send Governments a new message: “Not this way anymore”.

However I believe we need to stop and consider some essential issues before moving forward:

  • Actual present situation: 

There’s a belief that the struggle is to regain a “true democracy”. This could or couldn’t be accurate, depending on what we call “Democracy”. If by Democracy we define a method by which people once a while express their preference by voting, and the outcome is the resulting government and opposition, then yes, we live in democratic states. But if we are more on the side that Democracy means Institutions running, and balance of power, inexistence of corruption, we must  then admit, we are far from this idealistic situation.

The exercise of power, we must accept, has slightly varied along the last ….. two thousand years. Well, yes, nowadays the system is much more sophisticated, but not more people based. Can you name countries and states, that you could say live under a “true democracy”, in the terms defined in the previous paragraph?

We should then be aware of this new status, that the real task to undertake is CREATION a democratic way of social governance, and not just doing adjustments.
  • Representativeness: 

This has been a topic since long ago. Politicians of any party being persuaded, stressed, tempted or even forced to legislate and govern more in representation of economic powers than in people’s, is a common picture. However, on one hand, the system eludes to accept the fact that 30% of citizen don’t vote as a symptom of rejection to politicians, and spreads the belief that it is more due to apathy and/or lack of interest. On the other hand, the rest of people, keep on voting under the self-explanatory relief  that it’s the way to account for their own duty with Society.

  • Accountability:
There’s a missing link in the whole story, which is, how can citizens revoke any members of any government, by other means than just the long term punishment of not voting them in the next election. This is required as a matter of URGENCY,  to prevent many vices that are so well known to all of us: corruption, application of policies that were not in the programme, 180º turns in the middle of a government period, and so on….
  • Structure:

Many aspects of our lives are changing thanks to the development of technology: commerce, work, travel, art, finance, medicine, R&D are being deeply influenced by the speed and scale that technology is imprinting to almost every human activity.

Although “power to the people”, has been an all-time claim, government in hands of people (i.e.: Direct Democracy) should have been virtually impossible to conceive and to carry out, throughout the history of Mankind.

Physical facts prevented this from happening: citizens live in territories, to make decisions they would need to meet in one single place, or at least, a system should be developed to create debate and allow every person to issue an opinion in order to determine the course of action. Like in a business company, the solution found was to entitle a few people to represent the interests of society.

But at this point, we need to clarify a significant difference in this parallelism: if a country, state or city are to be compared to a private company, citizens should stand for the “shareholders” and not for the “employees” in the orgchart. We simply just CANNOT GET CONFUSED ABOUT THESE CONCEPTS.

Through connectivity, social media, speed and scale, awareness of people potential strength and the possibility of designing social strategies without participation of political parties, technology is opening a vast field right before our eyes. It has already done so, in other aspects of our lives.

Maybe it’s time to integrate technology into politics and society governance.

El futuro es hoy … / The future is today….

Posted in Crisis, Culture, Economics, Ethics, politics, Society, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21/05/2011 by Living out of Eden

Los políticos (y por tanto todos aquellos a quienes respaldan o por quienes son respaldados) están “blindados” por el sistema electoral.

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sistema_D%27Hondt

Es, por tanto, lo primero que hay que atacar!

Hay una contradicción interna entre la propuesta de modificar la ley electoral e ir a votar en menos de 24hs.

La primera demanda de una asamblea popular debería ser, entonces, la suspención de las elecciones del 22M y exigir nuevos estatutos sociales, en los cuales se incorporen todas propuestas

No se sostiene una sistema electoral del Siglo XIX, con los nuevos paradigmas de la sociedad. No se puede, no se debe, realizar ni UNA SOLA ELECCIÓN MÁS, bajo el actual sistema.

SUSPENSIÓN DE LAS ELECCIONES 22M!

El lunes ya será tarde.

English version

Like in most of countries today, politicians (and all those who they back or by who they are backed), are “armored” by the present electoral method (D’Hondt).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%27Hondt_method

To develop a true democracy, this method is, therefore, the first thing we must attack.

Representativeness, if to be maintained, must be guaranteed in terms of proportion.

There is an internal contradiction in the proposal of reforming the electoral method and having to vote under it, within 24hs.

The first claim of a popular Assembly,  ought to be then, the suspension of the 22-M elections in Spain, and demand new social statutes, in which to include all the supported proposals.

A method like the current, having been developed in the XIX century, is UNSUSTAINABLE, under the scope of the NEW SOCIETY PARADIGMS.

There couldn’t be, SHOULDN’T BE a SINGLE ELECTION MORE, under the current method.

SUSPENSION OF THE 22-M ELECTIONS.

Monday will be too late.