Monday, December 30, 2013

Open Source Party: Part II

I was an active Democrat from 2004 to December of 2009. It’s a long story but I quit this group because I got tired of volunteering for a Super Pac / soft-money conduit around campaign finance rules. The GOP is just as bad, and again, that’s another story. I am also an active Grange member — a community group that takes on issues but steers clear of party politics and elections for public office. My point is that I have experience with groups and this is what has led me to conceive an Open Source party.

Social networking is transforming our world. I am perplexed that social networking has not made more of an impact on political association. These two are closely related but any merging has been limited to top-down efforts.

My idea, as a believer in the power of association, is to have a bottom-up structure for people to feel ownership in a virtual party.

I have been trying to organize such an endeavor in Washington State. It can still happen for the 2014 election, however, I feel my greatest hindrance is my personal situation. I get the feeling that the good people that I have approached are expecting me to throw myself into such a thing with full gusto. And I should be, but considering some of my ongoing commitments, I can’t be Chair of a new party.

This gets me to why I am sharing this idea with netizens. I believe that a virtual party is bound to happen sooner or later, so I might as well get the idea out there! Here is how an Open Source Party could work.

Open Source Party

This is my idea for a new virtual political party. It's called, for the purposes of this article, Open Source, and the name implies as much. Why a new political party based in social networking? The political situation in the United States is out of balance. Insiders control a system that is held in low esteem by most citizens. The two major political parties are essentially soft-money conduits and hardly a voice for grassroots participation. Organizing for change has traditionally been the way to reign in the abuse of power. Social networking is connecting people as never before. The key with the party is to fuse two similar concepts — social networking and political association. The latter, in its traditional form, could work well in the Information Age and let me tell you how.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This site is back on line again for the next month or so. Should have all kinds of updates, articles and what not.

Check out this video I narrate about fair representation voting* for the US House. The idea is based on the theory that more southern Democrats and northern Republicans would bring more moderation to the chamber – similar to the situation a generation ago.

With these kinds of voting systems, there would also be space for 3rd parties and independent candidates. Another advantage is that voters would take the sophistication out of the hands of insiders cooking gerrymander maps. This way, most voters would elect a representative for themselves, instead of being stuck in a safe-seat district by design.

I will be posting more soon, especially about the Hall of Fame.


*Candidate-based forms of proportional representation such as SNTV, cumulative and STV.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

TOP TWO PRO: Fair and Effective Representation For Washington State

Discussing William U'Ren's political impact.
This article examines a simple change to voting rules with electing the Washington State House of Representatives that allows for minority representation. I provide a definition of the term fair and effective by calling to attention State House districts with a bi-partisan delegation: offering that increasing the number of bi-partisan districts, by way of changing election rules, could better meet statutory requirements of fair and effective representation.