The Future of Teledemocracy

The Future of Teledemocracy

The Future of Teledemocracy

The Future of Teledemocracy

Synopsis

Drawing on the new physics as the scientific foundation of transformational politics, Becker and Slaton write compellingly about the positive impact televoting, electronic town meetings, and other initiatives designed to put the "public" back into public affairs.

Excerpt

This book began for us in January 1977 at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. It was the first meeting of a graduate course Ted Becker was teaching for the first (and only) time, with the odd title of "Unconventional Politics of the Future." One of the graduate students in that seminar was Christa Daryl Slaton.

The required texts for the course were Becker's two most recently published books (both of 1976 vintage). Each of them was heavily larded with harsh critiques of American representative democracy. Each prescribed inventive democratic remedies: US Americard--voting by credit card--and The Random House--a randomly selected legislature.

The students grappled with the critical analysis of "the system" and imagined and evaluated novel solutions. At the conclusion of the class, however, most continued on in mainstream political activities, for example, law school, or the military. Only one chose to explore more fully "the unconventional politics of the future." Thus was born a partnership of personal political perspectives and positions that has persisted to this point in time. What began as a heady academic exercise became a fused odyssey into what has truly been, and remains to this day, "the unconventional politics of the future."

It has been a wild and woolly adventure for the two of us. We have found some true blue allies along the way. We have also joined some collaborations of convenience and made compromises to achieve some of our goals. We have been foiled at times by those who opposed our ideology and had the means to halt our experiments.

If we had to add up all the wins, losses, and ties, we think we come out on the plus side. After all, here we are in the year 2000 publishing . . .

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