Gerald Celente of Trends Research is an amazing guy. He is a trend watcher who seems to be right far more often than he is wrong.
But I have a quibble with one of his latest ideas: direct democracy. Direct democracy means we ALL vote about EVERYTHING. I agree with this idea only in the sense that it does away with representational democracy and recognizes the rights of every individual. But I disagree with the practicality of everyone voting on everything. The very idea of it exhausts me!
Cantons as defined here (not as the territorial subsidiary units found in Switzerland, but as non-territorial, ideologically-cohesive subsidiary units) accomplishes the same thing. Each person chooses a canton for a year to spend his taxes according to his principles and values. The canton management does this for him. At the end of the year, the citizen judges how well his money was spent by his canton, and either retains his contract as is, forces a change in the canton management (if this seems likely to improve things), or goes to another canton. He doesn’t have to vote on every matter all year long. But the results should be pretty close to the same — his money is spent on what he thinks is important.
Mr Celente, please reconsider your call for direct democracy. There is a better way.