This item explores the dynamics of popular rule versus elite rule in a democracy, and the vital role of A Technique of Democracy, which is designed to help emancipate popular engagement in the process of democracy. The story is linked to a colorful slide show just released by CC, describing that "technique of democracy."
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is pressuring the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to force acceptance of new version of Digital Audio Broadcasting, a kind of "Fax For Audio" on to the existing AM and FM broadcast bands. To accomplish this, the NAB plans to double the amount of space on the dial that a station uses, thus jamming the signals of weaker stations next to them on the dial.
I and MANY other people in our network KNOW people who have gone to the banks and received their access to some of their grievance money as well as the small amounts "per unit". I know most of the U.S. Senators received their deliveries for the big program during December, 1999. I know of a family in a small town in Oregon who received their delivery in January 2000 and others who have received since then. I and my network know people who have received who are in the claims as well as the prosperity programs.
This is a general overview of the town to town campaign against genetic engineering. It focuses on the campaign's goals, the vestigial direct democracy of town meeting, obstacles to fully realizing direct democracy, and campaign strategy.
This piece explores the exciting prospects of using a town meeting campaign to realize the directly democratic potential of the town meeting. The piece is immediately relevant to activists in Vermont who are currently working on such a campaign against genetic engineering, but it may also be useful to people in other parts of New England who have town meetings and people all over the world who have no town meeting in their community.