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Direct Representative Democracy: A Chain of Councils of 10 or 20


Every 10 or 20 people elect their representative, on a per-month or per-meeting basis - truly, acting directly as a representative - to the meetings of 10 or 20 people representing now 100 or 200. And the other 9 or 19 might be at that meeting, able to recall their representative at a moment's notice.

This group of 10 or 20 chooses a representative, and i'm thinking it should not be one of their number, but someone from the base group of 100 or 200 who is not already representing anyone other than him or herself. We now have someone representing 100 or 200 people at a meeting of just 10 or 20 that is responsible to a total of 1000 or 2000.

Same process again, we're at 10,000 or 20,000.

Once more, at 100,000 or 200,000. Each decision made by the deliberation of quite a small group.

1,000,000 or 2,000,000.

10,000,000 or 20,000,000.

100,000,000 or 200,000,000.

1,000,000,000 or 2,000,000,000.

10,000,000,000 or... (the earth's population shouldn't get much above there)

Eight iterations and we are at the world's population, and a group of 10 or 20 people with a strong claim to representing a few billion each, can work out problems.

Eight public meetings anyone can review, to easily see the chain of his or her own chosen representatives, with extreme financial disclosure at each step.

These people do not have to be professional politicians.

A professional could stay in contact with 1,000 people, 10,000 at the most. Yet at the global level that would still mean more than a million in an assembly. Traditional representative democracy just does not scale; it quickly becomes a media campaign and then maybe we should just vote on things directly.

Also the decisions are always made at the lowest level possible. If it affects the 10 or 20 people in the first unit and not really anyone else, no need for a representative. The decision is made there.


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