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From the summary:
“Never before in the history of the world has it been possible for elected representatives to hear the voices of their constituents simultaneously and instantaneously across great distances. The internet enables this. Today, for the first time in a modern nation, the citizen can be genuinely represented in the process of legislation.
But does your federal representative consult you before she casts her vote on bills and resolutions? Does she ask your opinion on laws that will affect you and the entire nation? For most of us, the answer is ‘No.’
However, does your representative talk to some citizens, maybe friends of his, as well as corporate lobbyists? We know he does. He is busy talking to somebody, just not to us. So why does he consult with those few and not with me or you?
The answer used to be that it was a matter of logistics — it was impossible to solicit the opinion of each constituent in every single district. But that’s not true anymore, not since the advent of the internet.
Today, U.S. Representatives can easily ask constituents for their opinions on every bill and resolution, so now they can know how their districts want them to vote on every piece of law proposed. Electronically publishing the collective wish of the populace for each House bill would result in the ‘digital’ will of the people.”
That is the book’s beginning. Its premise is thrilling: allow people to represent themselves, formally, officially, and systematically. P-poll: are you happy now? represents the move from analog to digital democracy.
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Book Description Aurora Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0979177138