Please note that these posts are, with the exception of the first, in reverse chronological order, that is, latest first. But currently, I’d like them read in the order posted. So after the first, read them bottom to second from top. Which means right now, go to the last post, and start there.
First innovation is the way The Accountability Party proposes to conduct campaigns: without money. Without money, without pundit interviews, and without commercial media advertising. The Accountability Party will use the internet to contact and organize, and then meet with voters directly, either in person or online.
Give this some thought. The intent is to bypass what has been perhaps the single greatest structural defect in democratic politics since the beginning of democratic politics: the control of political power by money,ie by the wealthy.
Now I’ve nothing against the wealthy or against wealth, but the US Constitution puts forth an idea that I find appealing for its fair-mindedness. It’s there in the preamble:
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare [as in everyone’s welfare].
Promote the welfare of all,…equally.
And later, restated (as I see it) in the Gettysburg Address: …of the people, by the people, and for the people…[as in all the people]
I take this to mean that under the constitution, every person is equal, without regard to how much money they have. But reality is inherently “uneven”, and humans by nature competitive. So because political campaigns cost money, under the current system, those who bankroll those campaigns get served first, and when the dust has settled, corporations and other wealthy “agents” end up “owning” the govt. And the notion of equal representation, a govt of the people, by the people, and for the people becomes a govt of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy. One man one vote becomes one dollar one vote.
Without fanfare, the accountability Party disposes of this defect. The internet connects the party to the voters, and internet access replaces the expense previously needed to pay the commercial media middleman. The problem of campaign finance just up and disappears, because campaign finance disappears. Think on it. It’s a major innovation. A huge improvement. A radical improvement. The moneyed class removed from their ages old position of political dominance. Could be a good thing: the placing of all economic classes on an equal political footing. Genuine democracy finally enabled. Or not. At least one person has voiced a dissenting opinion to the effect that money would fight back, would rush onto the internet and assert itself as always. That it would fight back is beyond question, but insofar as the internet is a democratizing innovation, the final outcome remains unknown. This much is clear, internet mediated politics is coming, and with it a new equilibrium in the political balance.
Next: the second innovation, broad-based single party governance.