A brief note on Humankind, by Rutger Bregman – democracy view.

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Rutger Bregman’s Humankind explores and debunks the myth that human nature is nasty by default. He acknowledges that it can be and in certain circumstances this can have survival value. But in the majority of circumstances and situations, humans’ default responses are kindness, compassion and being helpful. In relation to … Read More

A Framework for a Fair Australian Democracy

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The Australian Democracy Network, whose aim is to extract undue, excessive corporate influence from our political system, has launched a campaign to grow toward achieving that. More details about the campaign and the petition can be found on the #OurDemocracy website. It is fascinating how the our democracy meme is … Read More

How could community participation within a representative democracy system work?

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Peter Tait Looking at the issues confronting us at present: climate action, jobseeker rate, NDIS, infrastructure development, urban planning, asylum seekers and immigration, defence budgets, and many others, how might community members work with their elected representatives to look at managing them? This isn’t actually new; France tried it with … Read More

Avoiding circus elections …

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Avoiding circus elections, cutting out the dysfunction and corruption of the western liberal election process. Institute a sensible hiring process for representatives in our parliament, or for making the really complex decisions that bedevil our society. Idealistic and entirely possible.  Adam Cronkright is coordinator of ‘of by for‘ and co-founder … Read More

Reflections of CAPaDs focus on candidates

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Peter Tait (this 13 January version is an update of the original post of January 6th 2021) Over the past few weeks, I have found myself explaining what CAPaD is trying to do. People are interested in a new way of thinking about doing politics. These conversations have led me … Read More

An Ecology of Representation

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Peter W Tait, 2020 Some background theory for explaining CAPaD’s objective in focusing on representation in participatory democratic theory. From Urbinati N, Warren ME. The concept of representation in contemporary democratic theory. Annual Review of Political Science. 2008;11:387-412 How do we know if representation is legitimate? This depends on the … Read More

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