Originally posted by okamitengu
You know, im glad you brought this up. I don’t think there needs to be representation as you describe it, but many many things couldn’t be done at
the local level. They would need to be overseen by some kind of upper level. Again, I wouldn’t want representatives to decide on things at this
level, just to ensure civil rights, equality and distribution of resources.
But, its not up to me. That’s the point. Im going to copy and paste this post specifically to the forum as it has a lot of points I would like to
address in MUCh greater detail and this site, isn’t really the place for it.
In short somethings would be local, something’s would be… im going to say national, but that’s really just a word to describe a concept that is
familiar to you.. (and me)
What levels of who does what would need to be nutted out. Again, I DO NOT have all the answers.
How would you suggest this work?
The local level is where the most impact on daily life is made and would be critical for advancing this idea I think, but it poses its own challenges
because of the vast amount of decisions that need to be made.
Another local challenge is municipal resource management, many cities use water, sewage, and refuse services as income generators. How will these
municipalities be managed and if it is left to a corporate entity would this just be a different shade of gray?
Another challenge I see and I think another poster brought this up, non-participation. To give people a benefit of a doubt and say that
non-participation wouldn't be caused by apathy but rather an over abundance of information. The burden, though justified, is that voters will be
faced with a large range of social issues that they may lack an understanding for. There may also just be 'too much' and some voters could feel
overwhelmed or not be able to discern a starting point. Oft when an individual lacks an appreciation for a starting point they respond by not
starting at all.
National politics are important for macro level policies, culture, sovereignty, diplomacy, trade, and many more. National agendas though are very
different than state agendas who also face the same dilemmas but are focused to a smaller social and cultural group. Likewise this is also true for
districts, counties, cities, and I've even seen "business corridors (essentially a business zoned street)" have their own governmental body.
Without each of the small parts the large parts crumble but also vice versa.
Famous sociologist Emile Durkheim attributes a lack of social integration as well as rapid social change to cause deviant behaviors in individuals.
While some deviant behavior is only relevant to the views of a dominant social agency other deviant behaviors can arise from tensions between local
social groups who are unable to continue identifying with the larger social body. Hegel and Marx appreciate such tensions as they contribute a
conflict which for them is a tool instituting change. Durkheim agrees in a limited context where Hegel and Marx propose a constant conflict to
Implementing a change to self-representation would have to be a slow process to maintain a functional social body within local communities. I would
say that we would need to start small, smaller even than voting, I would start with subjecting policy to review by a jury of peers. The local jury
could then impose deadlines for votes and respond to non-participation by entering a decision on behalf of the citizenship if the turnout doesn't
make a threshold of accepted participation.
Division of Labor, published 1893 France
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in advancing society and how we are impacted by society. It was written during a great time of
change and some things which Durkheim faced are relatively similar to what we face in the modern century. I'm sure a free version is available
online. This wiki article does not directly address what I mentioned above, but is the reference for it. There are many scholarly articles that
address Durkheim's views. Pay special attention to Anomie
Rules for the Sociological Method also has some good information but its more for forming Sociology as a science (He is considered the father of