We have now embarked on what will be known to future generations as the fourth Information Age. The First Information Age, the development of writing
thousands of years ago, not only saw the beginning of recorded history, it also heralded the birth of organised government. The second age, the
invention of the printing press, was the beginning of the end for theocratic control of Europe from Rome. The Third Information Age, the innovation of
the first newspapers, which were nothing more than circulated pamphlets, put an end to absolute monarchy.
The first age created recorded information and put it in the hands of administrators, the second placed it in the hands of the upper and some middle
classes classes, the third placed it in the hands of the middle and some lower classes. Each dawning of an age has induced profound change in the way
normal people are governed. As greater information is accessed by more and more people systems have had to cede greater powers to the people.
None of this is new, infact you'll find many references to exactly the same phenomena on the internet, including some written by myself. It poses a
fascinating philosophical question. If each information age has heralded such profound change and a widenning of the governing base, then what changes
can we expect to see as a consequence of this Fourth Information Age, the Internet Age, and what could government look like in fifty years from now
Well, I think I may have an answer and the first examples of this could be seen as early as a year but no later than five years. If you live in the
U.S.A or the UK then don't expect to see any successful examples in your own country any time soon, your electoral systems are simply incompatable
and they can't take advantage of this new approach.
The new innovation will be the birth of the Democratic Dot Com Political Party and it can only be successful in countries with Proportional
Representation like Germany (who's next scheduled election is only next year), Holland, and Italy.
The basic blueprint for the Democratic Dot Com Political Party is simple and rather obvious once explained.
1/ A political discussion board is born with a name that sums up it's ethos, for examples sake only we'll call it Democracy.com
also registers as a political party in the targetted country (just for example we'll say it's Germany)
3/ The members of the board discuss and create their own manifesto and elect the members of their board who they want to see on their party list (In
Proportional Representation the electorate vote for a party and the percentage of votes they receive reflects the representation they receive in the
parliament. The members are selected from a list, the higher up the list a member is the better the chance that that member will become a
4/ Board members discuss the issues as they arise and their elected representatives (who are also members) vote in parliament on their behalf.
Within five years I would suggest that such a party with parliamentary representation will exist. Within fifty I would think that it would be quite
normal and they would be challenging the traditional political parties for dominance in most countries that have Proportional Representation.
Any thoughts anyone ?
[edit on 24-4-2005 by John bull 1]