Tuesday, October 07, 2003
This blog was started.
We propose the following as the 28th Ammendment to the Constitution of the United States: Amendment XXVIII: Democracy through Blogging.
Section 1: Blogging should be Free for everyone as a way to ensure the protection of Amendment I.
Section 2: A link to a problem on a blog(s) constitutes a vote that the problem should be important to our representatives.
Section 3: A link to solution(s) to said problem constitutes a vote of preference for the solution.
This solution introduce a system to bloggers for describing problems, suggesting solutions, raising awareness of specific problems, casting individual support for proposed solutions to problems and reporting actions.
Here's how to participate in democracy through blogging. In theory, it is simple:
The only way to participate is to write about problems, offer solutions and vote for problems and solutions. In practice, here are the guidelines.
To initiate democracythroughblogging concerning issues important to you:
1. Describe a problem in a single post in your blog*. The beginning of the post should start with the bolded word: Problem:
2. If you'd like to propose solutions to this problem, create separate posts for the solution(s). The beginning of the post should start with the bolded word: Solution to Problem:. The word, Problem, should link to the original post where the problem is presented.
To practice bloggingthroughdemocracy concerning issues important to the majority:
1. Monitor sites like daypop, blogdex and popdex for important issues. Use feedster, google and other algorithmic search tools that determine popularity of blog entries by the number of links to them.
2. In your blog, link to problems that are described on other blogs as problems.
3. In this post, you can do two things: offer a solution in this post or link to a solution on another blog.
To report about actions taken in response to democracythroughblogging:
1. Objectively describe actions taken as a result of problems and solutions proposed on blogs. The beginning of the post should start with the bolded word: Action taken as a result of a Proposed Solution to a Problem:. The word, Problem, should link to the original post where the problem is presented. The word, solution, should link to the original post where the solution is presented.
* So that the post is recognized as a problem that you'd like people to help you with, Add this to the bottom of a problem post:
I recognize this as a problem and would like you to suggest possible solutions and to help me raise awareness of this problem.
Add this to the bottom of a solution post:
I recognize this as a problem and think this is a good solution. I would also like to encourage you to suggest possible solutions and to help me raise awareness of this problem and solutions you think are best.
Add this text after you post a solution, problem or a voite.
If you'd like to learn more about how to do this, please visit the first bloggingfordemocracy.blogspot.com post (link to this post).
And Lastly, but most importantly, if you don't like this solution, offer another one on your blog.
Western Style democracy, although arguable the greatest form of governance, can be better and should be continuously improved.
When the US founders wrote the constitution, they accepted that democracy required representatives for two reasons:
1. The populace will not always make the best decisions for itself.
2. Logistically, It is impossible to determine the will of the people.
The first premise has never really been challenged as all Western countries continue to rely on representatives to set policy.
With the advent of new communication technologies, the second premise is obviously not true anymore.
I recognize this as a problem. I would like you to help me raise awareness of this problem. Please link to this post. Please suggest possible solutions for this problem.