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  The Mechanics of Individualistic Direct Democracy

     Every adult citizen actively contributes to the GEP one day per year.  Before explaining why, it must first be touched upon, "why society at all?"  Briefly, because nature is harsh when confronted one on one, and society makes life very simple.  For this simplicity, and for the truest direct democracy, is one day per year too much to ask?  This day is simply less than eight hours of reading and less than 16 hours of writing.  Most likely it will all be achieved in less than ten hours.  Therefore it is considered a mandatory duty in the Individualistic society.  No different than mandatory jury duty save one does not have to leave one's home.

     Each month 1/12th of the population is selected and divided into a number of tiers depending on the size of the population  (See Diagram below) so that in one year each citizen is active.   The duty to be done is to receive 12 consensus forms from citizens in one's general area, read them, and then write one synopsis less than 3600 words consolidating the twelve documents into one.  This must be done within three days from receipt of the forms, and is then sent to the next higher tier, each of which is conducting the exact same procedure.  The end result is a perfect consensus of the entire population. 

 

Each tier, a power of twelve, is described briefly below.

 

0.  President

     There is one president, he must have previously served as a Vanguard.  Merely a speech giver to the people, he draws up a final synopsis of the work given to him by the Vanguards, and his alterations to it are closely watched by the GEP and the Vanguards.  His is the final consensus synopsis for the Federal Level.

 

1. Vanguards

     The Vanguards are an elected group of twelve elders (over 45 years old) divided into four groups of three each representing one of the four departments.  Upon reading their consensus forms they create their synopses, then exchange each division to its proper group, so that those representing the GEP have 12 final reports pertaining only to the GEP likewise with the other departments.  Each group then prepares a final synopsis (by each group member consolidating 4 into 1, the final three merged into the final document) for that specific department.  These four documents are then given to the president to make his address.

 

2.  Arch Heralds  

     The senate cooperates as part of this tier, therefore only 44 civilians need summoned and each titled Arch Heralds.  They must have been a Herald previously in life to hold the position.  Ideally the Senate would be reduced to 96 and the heralds would be increased to 48 keeping even powers of 12 and creating an even 1/3 – 2/3 ratio.  This 1/3 random variable helps dilute any acts of bias reports within the senate.  This tier is also responsible for the final consensus synopsis of the State level.

 

3.  Heralds  

     There are 1,293 random Heralds in addition to the 435 House of Representative members.  They must have been Intelligencers previously in life, and they are not physically present in the House.  As all of the randomly summoned civilians, they work from home.  Ideally the House would be reduced to 432 members and the heralds raised to 1,296 members to maintain a power of 12 and an even 3/4 to 1/4 ratio.  This would thoroughly dilute any favored idea within the House.

 

4.  Populus Intelligencers

     There are 20,736 (124) Intelligencers per month. They must have previously been a Lesser Intellegencers in life.  In addition to the general synopsis, they also create the final consensus synopsis for the Local level.

 

5.  Lesser Intellegencers

     There are 248,832 (125) Lesser Intellegencers.  They must have previously been a Lesser Consolidant.

 

6.  Lesser Consolidants

     There are 2,985,984 (126) Lesser Consolidants. Due to the heavy drudgery of the Populus Consolidants, sometimes having to read more than 12 documents, the burden lies on the Lesser Consolidants to take these rough records and refine them into a more concise and proper report.

 

7.  Populus Consolidants

     There are ideally 35,831,808 (127) Populus Consolidants. This tier only becomes necessary when a country's population reaches 47,775,744.  Then the tier slowly grows in size with the population.  Its monthly summons is determined by:  (The entire adult Population / 12) – (1 + 12 + 100 + 435) – (44 + 1,293 + 124 + 125 + 126), up to the maximum of the tier (127). When the population reaches 573,308,928 (which is 1/3 over 128) this tier will be reading 16 documents a piece.  The moment the population surpasses this, this tier goes back to reading only 12 documents and the base tier then becomes active as a growing group of Consolidants and begins reading the portion of excess documents.

 

8.  Base Tier

     With a maximum of 128 readers, it is a growing sub tier that helps relieve the workload upon the Consolidants until it gains significantly in size.  Its size is determined by:

 

(The entire adult Population / 12) – (1 + 12 + 100 + 435) – (44 + 1,293 + 124 + 125 + 126 + 127) = monthly summons to base tier (M)

 

The amount of documents they read is determined by:

 

{The entire adult population – (128)}  /  (M) = number of documents read by base tier.

 

     When the population reaches 2,149,908,480 a change occurs, because the 7th tier, the Consolidants, are now reading 16 documents again. 12 from the general population and 4 synopses from base tier whose monthly size has grown to 143,327,232.  Therefore, the Populus Consolidants stop reading all general documents and switch to reading strictly base tier synopses while the base tier adopts a new name, "The Greater Consolidants", granting the Populus Consolidants a light work load of 4 synopses.  (With this light load they are expected to make very clear reports.)

     Being that base tier is then the only reader of the general Populus, the amount of documents they then read is determined simply by:

 

The entire adult population   /  (M) = number of documents read.

 

     Keep in mind that this entire operation is only costing the individuals involved a maximum of 24 hours and most likely a mere10 hrs, ten hours per year.  Each month approximately 8.33% of the adult population is summoned for a maximum of 24 hours of their year.  Easier than jury duty, and much more important.  This system truly involves all of the people and due to its constant changing nature, very short time span for each writer, and the amount of people involved, it dilutes nearly all attempts to bias affairs by small groups of people.  All synopsis are registered and cataloged in LAFKI along with their source numbers, so that all original documents can be viewed by anyone at any time should something become suspect.

 

 

     With Individualistic direct democracy, representatives represent much smaller local groups (12 per person) small enough that they can be independently monitored by any member of that group thus ensuring to generate and hold fast to an authentic consensus of the people.  Therefore the Individualistic government is truly of the people and not a separate entity.  This system eliminates the function of the Electoral College and practically the presidency being that all decisions are made by the people.  In the distant future it may even eliminate the need for the senate and the house for the same reasons.  In its ideal state the GEP contains the entire legislative branch of the present government.  The total cost to each individual to initiate this system is a mere 13 days per year of their lives to achieve true and equal representation and a truly free society.

     To implement this system into the already present government, congress requires some minor alteration.  The senate having only two members per state was a trustworthy system when the population was much smaller and the corporate dollar much lower.  But today, with companies profiting hundreds of billions of dollars per year, 100 people (the entire senate) is far too easy to compromise entirely.  Further more if the entire senate was compromised and only one third of the seats are cycled every two years, (as is the present case) it means nothing because it only takes two thirds to prevail over any issue.  Thus if the senate remains in the Individualist society, two thirds of the seats will be cycled every two years and the maximum senate term reduced to four years.  This is in addition to the 44 random arch-heralds which will further assists to dilute a compromised senate. 

     For the seats to cycle at these parameters one seat must cycle every two years. These seats are called green seats, with the four-year seats being called past elder and elder seats.  To be an elder one must be 45 years of age or older, to be a green the age is 26 to 44 years of age.  The reason for the green seat that is youth is a well spring of imagination and creativity, and also usually in closer touch with newer things.  They add unique perspective into the Populus' will, and keep the elders in touch with the latest.  Their seats cycle every two years because of youth's nature to get carried away, however, they can return after a two year leave; or when 45 and sit as an elder.  The elder seats become past elder seats in the third year.  It is the past elders duties to teach the ways of the house to the new elders and the greens.

     The salaries of congress will then be reduced.  From 1789 to 1815 Congress members were paid $6.00 per day.  In 1815 they were paid $1,500 per year.  Today their lowest salary is $165,200.  Thus, the lowest paid politician makes approximately 4.5 times more than the average man.  The salary of all elected officials should be capped at the average national salary so that the individual is operating on the same level as the people he is supposed to represent, thus instilling within him the same hardships and concerns. This makes aspiring representatives not hunger for the official position simply because of money, but because of desire and love, resulting in a very effective representative.  Furthermore, Congress can no longer make their own salary adjustments, they can only request it from the people.  Salaries of all political positions are determined solely by Populus vote, as it is their personal tax money.  Finally, no politician may take any contribution from a private entity for any reason at any time.  For even when federal laws limit the amount of money one entity can contribute, it is often circumnavigated by "bundling political contributions" where numerous subsidiaries of one company will give large contributions.  "Contributions" only cause intentional oversight in regulatory processes.


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