Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Thinking in Packs

  • It is natural for humans and many other animals to want to be part of the group. This can lead to an acceptance of attitudes, values and decisions and means that we may not be quite as independent as we thought. We may even act in accordance with the group despite disagreeing with it. Party politics can thrive on these social pressures but Interactive Democracy provides some balance:
  1. By involving the wider community in political decision making.
  2. By allowing party members to secretly vote against the party in a referendum (on each issue).
Nevertheless, political parties still have their role in selecting and promoting prospective members of Parliament and Government.

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