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Fuzzy Democracy is an original form of representative participation for all countries which are not divided on sectarian lines and where the electorate has a certain level of political maturity. It is novel because it relies on technology which is now familiar but which was not available during most of the 20th century.
It has two elements. Most importantly, it involves a mechanism for aggregating votes while giving citizens a real and wide choice of candidates. The second element is the call for several separately elected assemblies to address the very different areas of political concern.
The guiding principles are precision in the voting booth (without the process becoming complicated) and avoidance of the concentration of power. It is able to restrain the power of parties and the populism they promote (parties pander). It is the superior alternative to policy-making by referendum, to proportional representation and second vote schemes.
Here is a guide to the many articles on this site. The first (“Moving from FPTP to Fuzzy Choice and Counts”) makes in only a few lines a concrete proposal for the United Kingdom.
The second is what it says. This is the most recent and most exhaustive presentation of the concept and should answer all the questions that sceptical readers may raise.
“Rescuing Representative Democracy” is a hard-hitting, i.e. polemical, presentation of the concept.
“Making Representative Democracy Representative” is more academic; that is, it a reflective, more restrained presentation, and is somewhat longer.
The next three are earlier versions but include elements which have now been discarded.
“Democracy, freedom and knowledge” describes the political philosophy behind Fuzzy Democracy.
The others are, obviously, shorter versions in other languages.
Working through all the aspects involved in Fuzzy Democracy meant breaking with ingrained habits of thought and recognizing the potential of the new technologies. It may therefore take the reader a while to realize that it really does add up and then to embrace a new paradigm.
Anyone who is persuaded and wants to go an extra mile in spreading the word can send a mail with proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. However good you may think the idea, nothing will happen without support on the ground.
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POMPOUS CALLS TO THE "INDEPENDENT GROUP" AND OTHERS TO STAND IN BY-ELECTIONS
There are calls for those MPs leaving the Labour and Conservative parties to stand for re-election at by-elections. But the “First Past the Post” system of counting in isolated constituencies is notoriously rigged to exclude, at least long-term, all except members of those parties, a duopoly that has failed the country and seriously democratic representation for decades.
Here is a solution. Install electronic voting at polling stations (with printouts of the ballot to exclude any unease about transparency). You go to vote at any of the constituencies concerned and see on a first screen the local candidates you would normally, where you can cast your vote if you like. Alternatively you proceed to a second screen to view all the candidates standing in the affected constituencies and cast your vote there.
For election a candidate needs a fixed number of votes. Afterwards there is a convention where weak candidates redistribute their share of votes and strong candidates their surplus. This ensures – uniquely – that no votes go lost and there is no need for tactical voting.
Focussing on the “Independent Group”, if they were to offer to stand for re-election on this basis, which is intuitive and exemplary in its fairness, they would likely garner sympathy and support far beyond their EU Remainer base. In the current sclerotic dispensation, there might be little prospect of the powers that be rising to the challenge, but it would give the Independent Group the high moral ground and pave the way, eventually, for overturning a system which is at the root of many of our ills.