The time has come for the next evolution in governance.
Up until the advent of the Internet with it’s ability to pass vast amounts of information both ways, Representative democracy, when applied correctly, was the most efficient and open form of large system governance available.
Unfortunately, in it’s working out, bad habits of secrecy, lies and favoured treatment for particular groups and individuals have crept in due to the nature of the individuals administering the systems.
The misinformed belief carryover from feudal times of many politicians, bureaucrats and the population at large, that the citizen is a chattel of the state,contributes to this misconduct. What we seem to have forgotten is that in a Democracy, the Politicians and Bureaucrats are employed by us to administer the collective services that we require.
With the Internet and it’s capacity to keep us informed of the most detailed information combined with the ability to give immediate feedback, we now have the wherewithal to evolve our governance systems into Direct Democracy.
The question that must be asked of those that seek power is, will you allow this to happen peaceably. We have the examples of the French revolution and the evolution of parliament in Britain to educate us.Will they let the power evolve back to us like the British did(albeit with some kicking and screaming) or will it be the proverbial Guillotine?
Julian Assange’s courageous campaign to open up the lines of government and business communication to outside scrutiny and thus improve their behaviour, or at least gum up their security systems and reduce their ability to act in secret, should be loudly applauded.It is a PEACEFUL response to the need for change. As we can see from the coordinated attack on him and Wikileaks by various governments,business and judiciaries, shutting down websites, freezing funds, slandering, threatening and imprisoning him without charge, this strategy must be working.
Perhaps in all this Julian Assange’s willingness to be the lightning rod for these attacks is his most informative action. I personally have been shocked by the widespread and rabid response to what is basically a publisher releasing leaked material, something that main steam media also does from time to time.
Remember your place public officials, you are accountable to the people.