Democracy [diˈmäkrəsē] noun ( pl. -cies) | Definition: a system of government by the whole population
Origin: from Greek, dēmos ‘the people’ + kratia ‘power, rule.’
Direct democracy is a form of government in which people collectively make decisions for themselves. Most existing democracies are representative democracies where people transfer their decision-making powers into the hand of political representatives. Elected representatives have the power to introduce, debate and vote on the laws & taxes that govern a country. They also have the power to vote on whether to declare war or make peace with foreign nations.
The citizens of most representative democracies do NOT currently share such powers!
Over the last 300 years representative democracy was perceived as the only viable option due to the sizable challenges a nation would face in gathering-in a timely and orderly manner-the suggestions, deliberations and votes of millions of people spread across vast distances. In our modern information age, the technological challenges of direct democracy can easily be lifted. Today, we the People, can build an online platform empowering all to suggest, debate and vote on the laws that govern our lives.
Direct democracy can help nations tap into the collective wisdom of their citizens to find long term solutions to current and future issues.
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