Direct & Delegative Democracy

The ideal of democracy is direct rule by the citizens. It means that citizens have direct oversight and conrtrol of the state, its institutions and its actions. In practice, outside of ancient Athens, direct democracy has rarely been attempted beyond relatively small non-state organizations.

Why Not Democratic Control?

Statist power-mongers and apologists for undemocratic processes traditionally say that true democracy is not workable because, on the one hand, regular people have not got the time or the interest to be involved in government, and on the other hand, most people have neither the training nor the intelligence for politics in an increasingly complex modern world.

These contentions, made in terms which seem reasonable, are simply untrue. They are bald rationalizations for the status quo in undemocratic systems. They  are not even original thoughts, going back at least as far as the ancient Greeks to rationalize why only certain people should hold the reigns of state power. Tellingly, these statements are most often made by individuals who actually hold power. Do you really think that most politicians are smarter than you?

However, in the new millennium, the same technology which allows instantaneous communications in cell phones, texts and the internet permits that kind of contact which can base a direct democracy. The same technology which, when abused by anti-democratic parties, premits your traditional government to spy on you, also permits democratic supervision of state activities and the activities of those who act "on behalf of" the state, when used ethically.

The UDC is developing decentralized democratic systems which permit direct and delegative democratic control over the state.

Sometimes called liquid democracy, delegative democracy means that a citizen has the power to participate in any or all state initiatives directly. In the alternative, she may delegate her vote on one or more issues to any other citizen. She may always take her delegated right back. A person's level of participation is always subject to their own interest and time.

These systems are based on the models of liquidfeedback, a system developed in Germany. The UDC is developing this model along with the cryptographic advances in blockchain (cryptocurrency) technology to create a decentralized, direct and delegative democracy and truly democratic economy.