I like the general idea of direct democracy, but it will need solutions to lots of new problems and new counter-balancing mechanisms.
A) It is just as open to criminal outside interference by powerfull groups - aka "fixing" votes by hacking the systems heart, creating hordes of
ghost voters or simply infecting voters computers. Even more open because it is practically impossible to check the real vote. New security measures
have to be considered.
B) Political desicions and laws are complex and deal in lots of disciplines,have a lots of implications. I am clueless about how economy works,for
example. How can i vote for or against anything that is dealing with it?
Well, i am not American - but i assume there are few Americans who are just as clueless as me.
Who will explain what the law proposal consequences will be if on any issue there are at least 3 different opinions from 2 experts. And who will
listen to experts, when there is:
C)Mass Media. Whoever will push the agenda via media on lowest common level,unchecked by any specific counter-balance, would win the direct vote.
Period. As simple as that.
D) Lack of interest by common people vs increased interest by group involved. Meaning - majority would not bather to vote if issue is not important to
them but interested groups will vote in numbers potentially distorting the real picture.
E) Who will be allowed to suggest laws (if all - expect to drown in trollish or simply stupid laws,thousands a day) and if it will be selected by some
beurocrats then it will create new major weak point for corruption.
A and B are more or less what we have right now, Parliament members are also usually clueless and elections can be rigged now too.
D is the easiest to solve - some sort of tax carrot for those who vote and we got 99% of voters
E might be solved by allowing for final vote laws that only have certain number of active identified supporters in several open selection filters -
again using some kind of carrot to make people participate in those screening pre-votes and using lack of carrot stick for troll votes.
C will have to be solved though, it is probably cheaper to buy media opinion then few Parliament members so it might actually make corruption even
worse. Not to mention that media is biased by default.
But in general if C would be solved without limiting personal freedom i think that it will be better system then what we have now. Not perfect,but