The Internet Party

Rohan Dixit
Aug 9, 2016 · 4 min read

How technology can disrupt politics and re-invent government

Today just 19% of Americans say they trust government. Only one in ten Americans approve of Congress — the lowest level in American history.

System Failure

Research suggests the public may be right in their skepticism of government. A recent Princeton study of 1,779 policy issues found American public opinion had little eventual impact on government decisions.

“Our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.”1

The researchers conclude that in the United States “the majority does not rule” and that “when a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.”

Designing Democracy 2.0

Is there a better way? Our representative democracy has a small number of powerful delegates we elect every 2–6 years. For lobbyists and wealthy donors seeking power, these politicians are an attractive target.

The above diagram contrasts our representative democracy with direct and liquid democracy.

As John Gilmore famously said, “the internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it.” Liquid democracy does the same with ineffective government.

What emerges is a political network where power flows upwards from the grassroots and “routes around” corruption quickly and adaptively.

The Internet Party

A liquid democracy is exciting because it creates massive government accountability without requiring amendments to the Constitution. In fact, it builds directly on the system as it exists.

Party on

We’re throwing a bunch of actual parties in San Francisco to build awareness for liquid democracy, and to try out the software together.

Liquid Democracy

Bringing Liquid Democracy to the United States

Thanks to Jared Scheib.

Rohan Dixit

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Voter at Internet Party https://thenet.party

Liquid Democracy

Bringing Liquid Democracy to the United States