Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Change the Party

Some would argue that today's politics works because anyone can join a party and change it from within, by the power of their arguments. Therefore, they may say, Interactive Democracy is not necessary.

The problem with this is that it doesn't seem to recognise a number of retarding factors inherent in all political parties:
  1. Group think

  2. Entrenched attitudes and philosophies; dogma

  3. Established power bases within the party and its funding mechanisms

  4. Pecking order

  5. The difficulties of gaining credibility

  6. The limits of trying to persuade one party when you may be able to persuade parts of other groups - the constraints of loyalty

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