Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Professional Politicians

What skills/attributes should politicians possess in the Interactive Democracy system?
  1. Integrity
  2. Intelligence
  3. Ability to study and comprehend a wide range of difficult subjects
  4. Ability to absorb a large amount of information and many points of view
  5. Analytical ability
  6. Statistical analysis
  7. Effective communication
  8. Dignity
  9. Respect for individuals
  10. Awareness that the democratic system, the group belief, is more important than individual belief

This is very different to the primary qualities of old style politicians, as noted by Max Weber (1864-1920):

  1. Passion
  2. Judgment
  3. Responsibility

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