What if the internet had been invented before democracy?

What if the internet had been invented before democracy?


Confused? Angry? Frustrated? Surprised? about the state of politics and
democracy? Me too… With Trump, Sanders, Corbyn, Farage, Brexit. 2016 saw ‘democratic’ decisions which
shook the world. Contradictory and unexpected decisions. I see it as the sign of an antiquated system
in desperate need of an overhaul to bring it into the 21st century. Which is why I set out to research the alternative. Democracy Squared is intended to be a snapshot
in time, because in the time it takes to go to print/eBook, some of the content will already
be outdated. And that’s part of the story, of a world
that is changing, where the very foundations are shaking. This isn’t a rigorous and detailed academic
textbook on tech democracy and evolutionary theory (you can Google that). This book is meant to offer a provocative
perspective. A kind of documentary. A documentary about revolution. Just not the kind of revolution we’re used
to seeing on TV. No bricks through windows, tear gas being
sprayed at kids in hoodies, cars being set alight, police running with shields. This is about changing the deepest, most fundamental
and underlying systems of the modern world. This isn’t about left and right, democrats
and republicans, ins and outs, blacks and whites. This is about creating webs not walls. This is about revolutionising democracy. In the past 25 years, the internet has changed
pretty much everything we know. Almost anybody can become a media mogul. Build a hotel empire. Become an A-List musician. Almost anybody can be almost anything. Except a politician. The internet is often heralded as the great
disrupter and democratiser of everything in modern society. Except for one thing: democracy itself. This book is about revolutionaries around
the world who are about to take the establishment by storm. They are taking on the biggest challenge the
Internet has faced to date: democratising democracy. You may not have heard of them all, but they
exist. Whether its ‘Podemos’ in Spai’ in Italy,
the ‘NetParty’ in Argentina, or the ‘Pirate Party’ in Iceland, there is a new breed
of activists around the world using technology to usher in an era where ‘we the people’
can be the genuine social contributors we are entitled to be. This revolution promises moral and monetary
upheaval. It promises a move from the peaks and troughs
of boom and bust economics and a breakaway from divisive propaganda and rhetoric. The professional politician could be about
to become another extinct dinosaur that the Internet leaves in its wake. This is a revolution with the promise of genuine
alternatives to a system that has disenfranchised so many. These alternatives use technology to decentralise
basic human notions of trust, freedom and equality. They could create a society which constantly
iterates on lessons of the past, always evolving the way in which we live together. An alternative which gives minorities a voice. Which improves equality in society. Which is more in-line with our basic human
rights. I invite you to join this revolution and to
give this alternative the energy it deserves so we can democratise democracy and help our
humanity thrive by liberating people and nations the world over.

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