A key member of Australia’s Inner Commentariat, Rob Burgess, recently wrote a column Should Australia try Democracy. To which one Frank Aquino responded:
Back in the day, it was the obvious approach to take give that we couldn’t all fit inside Parliament House and vote on every matter before it. Now of course we “virtually” can. Sooner or later we’ll drift intentionally or unintentionally into an online form of democracy in which everyone votes independently (an egomocracy?) making it impossible for special interest groups to skew the will of the people to their own ends. In a sense it has already started, as this and other debate forums demonstrate. All that’s missing is the voting mechanism (and the commitment, of course). Possibly even in our lifetimes. What do you think?
Frank is correct – it has already started. And YourView is providing a voting mechanism. Indeed, not just “a” voting mechanism but two: the raw vote (like other online polling) and the “collective wisdom”. It is the latter, of course, which – when properly identified – ought to be what guides and constrains government in a true democracy.