5.a.5 – Can we have then a democratic village?

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June 16, 2010 — Riccardo Sabellotti - Giacinto Sabellotti

Can we have then a democratic village?

To make our modern village actually democratic, we must respect the two minimum requirements:
– all members should actually be the highest authority
– the village should be run as a form of self-management, and then must follow the will of the community.
As we know, in the parliamentary system there are several reasons that make it very difficult for voters to control the actions of their representatives. This is because the media are corrupt and unreliable, because people do not have the culture and mentality to control them, nor to elect them because they usually say they do not feel to be represented and yet continue to vote the same people or the same parties.
In the modern village, with the system we proposed, each one can directly have information on the work of the delegates and may do so with some knowledge of the facts, since it regards the topics personally discussed at the assemblies of the group. Yet it would be even easier to exercise on them their own authority, since the appointment of delegates is done by a dozen people, there are not long and expensive election periods and, therefore, the representatives may be changed at any time and for any reason at no cost: it is enough that only six people agree. For a deeper competence, it could also be possible to change the delegate according to the item to be discussed at the general meeting. It should be noted that on such a small population, there are also other natural systems of self-control: the representatives personally attend the people they represent and are often linked by bonds of friendship or kinship, and then only in very rare cases they would betray their confidence, knowing the risk to lose their face in front of all of their group.
Regarding the second point, we have to see if such a system allows a form of self-management; in fact, because all, or almost, of the subjects dealt with in the general council are already discussed in the meetings of the groups, the representatives must express in a much more detailed manner what is the will of the people and will be tied much more to it than the current system.
Whereas the modern village was founded by the development of a small group of friends who have chosen each other, with the same spirit  they accept the new associate ones, and therefore is composed of persons of similar character and values, is likely to occur a remarkable uniformity of thought, such as to minimize differences and have frequently unanimous votes or nearly. In this context the various meetings, including the general assembly, cannot but express the will of the people, actually creating a form of self-management. In the ancient tribal societies, to which one belonged by birth, without possibility of choice, such a uniformity of thought was rather achieved through a strict upbringing of dogmatic type: the collective suggestion and the natural misinformation; in the new forming villages, based on the selection of individuals who already have similar attitudes and interests, these phenomena are no longer needed and can be minimized by favouring both greater freedom of thought and more cultural richness and thus meeting the needs of the modern world.
However, even this system is based on the assumption that individuals have a democratic culture, or know what is the purpose of democracy, what is their role and that of delegates, and know what are the tools that the system shall provide and how to use them properly, in order to protect their interests. To achieve real democracy, even in a small village, we cannot forget the problem of cultural management that values the democratic preparation of individuals.

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