posted on Feb, 3 2012 @ 08:31 PM
Calls for a Direct Democracy always interest me because I get the perception that those who call for it do not think the political theory through.
Instead it is just called for and assumed that all the ills of the country would instantly disappear if we were all allowed to cast our votes upon
Using data from 2010, we can see how many registered voters there are across the nation. Estimates put approximately 217,000,000 persons eligible to
vote, out of that number only 90,000,000 actually turnout to vote. That puts a nationwide turnout to around 41%. So either way you have the
minority, which is the majority imposing their desires upon the rest of the country.
Lets do some though exercises and present some scenarios in just how disastrous and dangerous it would be to have Direct Democracy on a Federal (well,
it would become National) scale.
Scenario 1 – Using the OPs ideas
A legislative bill is introduced that calls for every person in the nation to receive a monthly stipend from the Treasury. The bill is presented on a
secure government website and we all log on to cast our vote.
How many people do you think wouldn’t vote to receive free money?
Rule of the Wise sounds neat, but again is just as dangerous. Eventually the “Wise” majority will become smaller and smaller until there is a
very small and protected “wise” class that has adjusted, via a Direct Democracy, the rules to make it into the “wise” to even cast a vote.