The Power and Potential of DIY Democracy

Take heart. The people really do have power.

The Power and Potential of DIY Democracy

If such seemingly radical change as banning GMO’s, ending cannabis prohibition and ushering in an era of equality [i.e., legalization of gay marriage] can be achieved at the ballot box, what else can be accomplished through citizen-led initiatives?  The answer:  just about anything.  In fact, citizen initiatives have already produced publicly funded local elections and, in cities from Minneapolis to San Francisco, major democratic improvements in the way in which local officials are elected. The initiative process can be used for virtually anything that could be legislated—subject only to the limitations of your imagination and your state’s constitution.

The success of activists in these three areas demonstrates the power of an alignment of an unrecognized majority of voters.  A majority of voters in jurisdictions from coast to coast have shown their support for issues that their elected representatives won’t touch with a 10 foot pole…. The beauty of DIY Direct Democracy is that it is issue-based and transcends political parties, political affiliation or no affiliation at all.

Blair Bobier, Common Dreams  

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