The Democracy Straight-Up Project will transform how legislators are elected to office and how the law is made, starting at the federal level.
First, representatives will win office, not by campaigning, but by being ‘put forward’ by the voters of a district in a process we call Connected Representation. By eliminating the need for campaigns, we can free the system of many previously ‘necessary’ evils–campaign finance, party politics, and corruption, just to name a few. We will be building this system of Connected Representation in all 435 US Congressional Districts. Or, rather, we will be facilitating the process while the voters of each district build it themselves.
Second, Connected Representation makes something possible–in fact, inevitable–that has long been thought desirable, but impractical, namely, Direct Legislation. It will become straight-forward, and eventually even routine, for voters to vote directly on legislation, on a bill by bill basis. They can do this through something called a District Direct Legislature (DDL), made up of all the voters in the district that choose to participate. We will help them set it up. The congressional rep can then vote with the majority of the DDL, without being accountable to any political party, and without being beholden to donors–among many other benefits.
We are currently working to staff up the non-profit that will be running the project, so if you have landed on this page, and you have read this far, and you are interested in working to make this happen, send me an email and we’ll set up a time to chat.
The Democracy Straight-Up Project