If we want transparency from government we have to translate the “officialese” used by government and politicians (and some academics) into an honest and understandable language.
- Political systems are only the tools to accomplish something (monarchy, theocracy, democracy, oligarchy, .. and within those systems we can use majority voting, super majority, consensus, liquid democracy, …) but they have to be used with as much knowledge as possible of their advantages and disadvantages.
- “Electoral Representation” was never meant to be “democratic” when it was developed. Even when we accept the broad definition of “democracy” there is little or nothing left of a democratic element in Electoral Representation of today.
- Defending “democracy” is not compatible with an extensive program that goes beyond the necessary elements for a democracy where the political powers are more in balance. An extensive program also needs enforcement of party discipline on the voting behavior of the elected representatives. Party discipline, in most cases not allowed by law, is part of Particracy, a system that clearly lost his reliability in the past decade, and is on the brink of collapse.
- Possible solutions must avoid that while Particracy is loosing his grip, dictatorial systems get the opportunity to step in its place. We already observe the installation of, even not elected, technocrats on important political positions, not only in some countries but also in the EU administration (Catherine Ashton, ..) although it is at those places that electoral representation can play a justified role.
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