Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

As the Leonard Cohen song proclaims ... “Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.” ... Of course, the Founders never intended a democracy. And what we think of as democracy —voting for representatives, Balance of Powers and the Rule of Law— doesn’t make a democracy. What we call “wise democracy” is characterized by a way of thinking — “choice-creating” plus the usual “decision-making.” (See chart of decision-making vs. choice-creating.) Wise Democracy is where we all face the big issues, talk about them respectfully and creatively, figure out what’s best for everyone and provide responsible leadership to government. This process—unlike the money-driven partisan battle of today —builds the spirit of community. And the good news is it’s not that hard to facilitate.

As our world becomes more complex our system breaks down. Symptoms are:

  • An L-curve distribution of wealth
  • Money dominating politics
  • Politics as a battle not a conversation
  • Partisan gridlock
  • Systemic racism
  • etc. ... (you name it)

Fundamentally our System, based on competition, is causing these problems. The solution is a “Rebirth of We the People,” where our system more primarily sparks collaboration.

This talk on a
Rebirth of We the People. ... 1/25/17, edited to 9 min ... was given to the Democrats of Spokane WA. It could just as easily been given to the Republicans, because this solution strategy isn’t partisan.

Also see
1) The video on “
How to reform democracy
2) Chart of the
Seven strategies—Democracy in America
3) The
flier on Transforming U.S. Democracy.