With voter apathy and mass street protests growing and spreading worldwide, its time for a revolutionary new democratic system.
- Nonfiction, Politics
- Page Length:
- 100 - 250 Pages
- Book Status:
- Working Draft
In the UK's 2001 national election only 51% of those eligible to vote actually did so. This was the lowest ever voter turnout in British history. It seemed that British citizens were apathetic about politics. However, just two years later, two million disaffected and angry people took to the streets of London to protest against war with Iraq. This wasn't a population that didn't care; this was a people that felt that their vote was worthless. In an ICM 2004 poll taken in the UK, a staggering 81% of respondents thought there was no difference between the political parties.
This snapshot of the UK, is representative of democracy all over the world. Voter turnout is rock bottom globally, but mass demonstrations have sky-rocketed in frequency and scale in almost all democratic countries from the USA and France to Brazil and Turkey.
The current democratic system is not working. It is skewed toward large political parties, big business and powerful lobby groups. It is the product of the last century.
Winston Churchill said that 'democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried'. In the 21st century we can and should do better. We need a new democratic system that engages with the public more than just once every five years. We need a system that is run by the people, for the people. We need Fluid Democracy.
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Why did you write the book?
I believe that our democratic system is outdated and unrepresentative. How is it that in democratic countries, the vast majority feel that they have no real choice and that their government has its own independent agenda? Surely government should have no agenda but to implement the wishes of its citizens? I know that there must be a better way of doing democracy. This book represents my journey in researching and discovering 21st century models of democracy that are already being successfully trialed. I want to share and promote these models in the hope that we can challenge the status quo of our outmoded and clumsy political institutions.
What do you plan to do with the funds you raise?
Researching and writing a quality book is a full time occupation. I will use the funds to give myself the space to work full time on this project including primary research and interviews with the pioneers of new systems of democracy all over the world. These will largely be done via online tools such as Skype, but funding permitting I will travel to meet individuals in some cases.
Why is the book called Fluid Democracy?
The term is used to describe a democracy fit for the 21st century and social media generation. The system is a far more flexible and adaptable form of democracy than the rigid system used by all democratic governments of the world today. Many of us only get a one-off chance once every few years to contribute to our government's decision making though national elections. Even that one chance every 5 years usually only provides a limited choice of the same handful of political parties with their own deeply routed ideologies and agendas. Instead of being able to pick and choose what we want to support we have to choose one large package of policies or another. A fluid democratic system would be more much more engaging than this, involving people more intimately in the government decision making process and bypassing political parties entirely if necessary.