1. Iso-Voting (Isokratic Voting System )
In simple terms Isokratia is a socio governing system where-by the decision-making is totally placed on those being governed by such decisions. Under Isokratia those being governed, are in control of how they are govern. Those governing as we know them now a days become mere representatives and executioners of the true wishes of those being govern.
Isokratia is the most advanced socio governing system known to mankind today. Isokratia is perhaps the ultimate, in human socio governings. Isokratia at present and possible for a long time to come, is the first and only socio-governing system which touches the human nature. I believe that Isokratia is as close a socio-governing system can come to human compatibility.
Isokratia is very simply based on the principle where by the voters have the power to decide what is to their interest. The principle where by the decision-making is truly passed to the hands of those being governed by such decisions. The principle upon where the public have a true say in the decisions that governs their lives; The system where by the voters, have the right to vote as often as it may required, from a daily to weekly by weekly, or monthly basis.
Only then we can truly claim, that the demos (public) holds the power; Only then can we claim that the politicians no longer have to claim that they do what “they believe” to be in the best interest of the public; Only then we will stop breeding elected representatives with dictatorial powers, for fixed terms of four or five year periods: only then we will stop passing absolute powers to an individual or a small group of individuals. We can then truly claim that no single person or group of persons can amass absolute power.
Under Isokratia it will be necessary to have a new voting system with capabilities such as Electronic voting. Voters will be able to vote via strategically placed electronic means for easy access to voting public, such as stores, local government offices, police stations, petrol stations, post office sites, banks, and other locations. Voters will be able to vote from the comfort of their home, or from wherever they may be at the time, around the country or even around the world, through electronic means.
E-Voting (electronic voting) will be available via the Internet, TV, telephone, mobile phones, palm held computers, or whatever other future form, to be publicly available. E voting will be made available to public places for those not having access to facilities such as internet TV or telephone at home. E voting will be available at easily accessible centres, like today’s Lottery computers, which are available in every street.
In effect voters will have the choice to vote, from either home available facilities, or from any public-available facilities, in any part of the country; or any part of the world for that matter. Just fill in a voting slip, hand over your registration card, which can be read only by the computer, without any identification being visible to anyone; or any other format like digital signatures and authentication keys. May be have voting machines in secure places like today’s bank’s cash machines, where voters can vote on their own time using their voting card.
For authenticity, for example, it can be that by registering the vote, the voting machine or computer will disable, or refuse, to use the same card or slip, which could be presented, for casting another vote, on the same subject, or proposed vote number. I invite the experts to come up with the most effective voting system, meeting the Isokratic system. Nor that I think the experts need my invitation. I am sure the profit rewards prospects, from selling such engineered system, is enough an incentive to fuel the search.
As I already mentioned, I first started thinking of the Isokratia system back in the mid seventies when I was writing an assessment on Democracy at the now known as East London University. My biggest problem then was how to implement such a system. How to make it possible and easy for everyone to vote as often as weekly or bi-weekly, or monthly, from a number of convenient locations, from centres close by, from the home, away from home and so on.
The technology available at the time was not up to it. As a result, one of the reasons I delayed finishing the writing until I saw that the technology is now available. If not available, to the exact form and shape required, present technological advancements are certainly capable of producing the necessary voting mechanisms required very quickly, with full security and safeguards against any abuse of the system. Whilst some twenty-five years ago, I felt that my thoughts were ahead of time, all of a sudden I feel that if I don’t finish these writings pretty soon, the fast changing pace of current technological advancements, will make my ideas out of date.
With modern technology the Isokratic voting system where the voters cast their votes on all matters concern on a weekly or other interval period, can be achieved very easily via today’s technology; Other means may become possible to use in the future. Whatever system need be used, can be developed to meet the requirements of Isokratia. Instead of paper voting slips we could have electronic ones where the voter register his/her vote which will only be readable by his touch of finger tips and the machine registering the vote from the voting card. (That’s an idea for you techies to work on!) Electronic signatures can be used for security. Any other advancement from tomorrow’s technology can contribute.
Britain, Germany, Canada lead the way in search of developing an effective and secure e-voting system. Some local authorities already plan experimental e-voting for the first part of 2002. The voters are already warming up to the idea as well. Indeed in a Mori Poll carried out by the London Borough of Brent, in the UK, during the early months of 2002, it was found that as many as 70% of the local residents are interested in online forums and tele-voting systems. These findings are backed by research from portal provider Touch which found that 75% of voters will be more likely to vote in a general election if they could vote online.
2. Isokratia Vs Present Systems
In my opinion, the institutions of representative democracy have become endangered. The makings of democracies are supposed to bring about collective decisions, which serve the interests of the community. Citizens choose their representatives, who in turn, make collective decisions by voting. This is the bare principle of representative democracy. The candidates tell their citizens what they stand for, and the citizens then choose by vote every four or five years, the persons whose ideas are closest to their own beliefs, for their support. Candidates however, discovered a long time ago that they have a better chance of getting elected if they tell their people, the electorate, what they want to hear, rather than what they really think. Indeed a dangerous state of affairs. Yet that is exactly how democracy is practised today.
Candidates have developed advanced techniques, for exploiting the government between promises and actions. By conducting public opinion surveys and focus group meetings, candidates discover what the electorate wants to hear. In turn, candidates design their messages to match the electorate’s desires. Under Isokratia, this will no longer be the case, simply because the electorate can elect out a representative, whenever they want to; because the electorate would be the final decision maker, for any rules and regulations, law changes or governmental decisions for their country.
I agree with George Soros and others and I believe, that collective decision making, under the representative democracy, as we now know it today, is inefficient and corrupt. Foreign policies, dictated by domestic considerations. Examples are plentiful such as the case where President Jacques Shirack of France in a meeting with another country’s president, where he had spent most of his time pushing to favour a French buyer in a privatisation sale. Other examples can be taken from African countries where we see resource rich countries and resource poor countries, having the same standard of living. The only difference is that the governments of the resource rich countries, are much more corrupt. The western economic powers resulting to military actions in foreign locations only for pure domestic considerations.
Yet I absolutely believe that we cannot go back to oligarchy, nor can we afford to abandon the Democratic system. Now I believe we have a choice. We have the choice and opportunity, to build upon and improve the Democratic system. The main characteristic here, which we must not display inability to accept, is that all human are imperfect and in need of improvement. It is from this same characteristic of the imperfect human nature, where the communist systems failed to see, and thus were unable to survive. This human imperfectness is exactly why we need to build upon the present system. Use it as the foundation and step forward to a much more advanced system, which would allow maximum performance, within the imperfections of the human nature. Build upon the Democratic system and in years perhaps minimise the human imperfections in socio governings.
For the time being one of the most developed forms of practised democracy round the world I believe is that of Great Britain. Remarkably, it is indeed largely based, for the greater part, on its unwritten constitution. The freedom of vote is present, but like all other democratic countries, the anachronistic vehicle of democracy, which is practised, is power through restricted means. Democracy at it’s best is powered through elected dictatorships, or elected oligarchy, rather than real democratic decision-making system.
Day in day out newspapers and even some of the members of the governing Labour Party in the UK, brand the Prime Minister Tony Blair with names such as, “Cherie Blair” “ The one man band” “ The man who makes policy on the move” The Blair dictatorial regime” and more. I must say that Tony Blair is a very liberal and progressive leader and has a heart for the public. However one can say that even the governing system itself requires or forces Tony Blair and others alike, to act in such manner. The final decision rest with present day leaders. As long as the final decision rest on one single man then that man will inevitably often take dictatorial decisions and force policies dictatorially.
Under the present form of Democracy, the voters, the people at large, under the democratic system, have to choose only between a certain few. This is usually between one and two of the major parties. Sometimes the choice can be between three to four medium sized political parties, with minor differences between them. Voted political parties doesn’t mean that they represent the true will of the people, in every single issue of policy making; whether economic policy, foreign policy, environmental policy, or whatever it could be.
If we stop and reflect for a moment back to see how humans began to form into groups to take control of events, whether it was for hunting, for defending against large prey or other humans, or governing others, the same principle is applied in today’s practised democracies. People group together in political parties to gain strength in their struggle to win the governing powers which are offered by the democratic systems.
Under the principles of the present day democratic systems, promises and manifested plans and ideas are traded like common tradable commodities, amongst the various politicians and political parties; When an election does not give a clear mandate to govern to any political party three or four political parties trade government posts and ministries to combined forces to form minority governments. Just to be part of the government or gain a ministry or two, politicians and political parties with totally opposing policies become co-governing parties. The wishes of their supporters who gave them their votes because of their manifested promises and policies are totally ignored.
I believe that through the present practice of democracy, within the multi, or even single party political systems, the voters are not represented in all the areas, which affect people’s everyday life. The present system makes it impossible, for full democracy to be practised. We all know that election manifestos are vague and never implemented.
An elected leader, Prime Minister, President, and the parties behind them, once elected have absolute power. They gain total power through which they impose their views and wills for the term of their parliament. Always, of course, claiming their actions and policies to be, ‘what they believe to be the best for the country; the best for the public interest’. ‘What they believe’. That’s right, we vote for vague beliefs, which alter and more often than not, are abandoned to gain popularity for the next elections. Once we elect a leader, we hand over absolute power for the term of their office.
Examples are in numerable. For example, a decision whether a certain amount will be spent on the National health Services, Education, and Defence, Employment, and Environment, change from manifesto pledges to reality, in complete U-turns. Justified of course on the pretence that, ‘under present circumstances’; ‘under the newly emerged evidence or trends’, now the politicians believe that ‘previous pledges are no longer to the public interest’. Even the most crucial decision of all, whether one’s country should enter into a war with another, single-handed or as part of a group, is presently entirely dependent on one man’s decision. Frightening! Horrifying! Most of the world’s wars were based on a single person’s decision, often against sound professional advice.
Unfortunately, such acts of war do not belong to the past only. We have seen how the Argentineans invaded the Falkland Islands with military means, playing the patriotic, nationalistic card. We saw how quick the same card was played by Mrs Thatcher, with her instant decision to wage war for the Falkland Islands.
Thousands of miles away from England, many believed, and still believe, that it was just a move to heighten her popularity so that she could manage to be re-elected, by playing the patriotic card of nationalism. The same of course is true of the Argentinean military and civil governors. In this example, if the real choice was left with the Argentinean and the British public, I wonder, how many of the voters would have voted in favour of entering into war acts over the Falkland Islands. Such acts are all testament to the dangers facing the civilised world from outdated democratic systems.
More recently Tony Blair apologise and accepted that his decision to join in the invasion of Iraq was based on false intelligence. How can the Iraqis ever accept such an apology when their country has been destroyed and hundreds of thousands have died?
3. Present Governing Systems Vary Only By Degree Present Systems
Despite the unimaginable proportions that human civilisation has advanced; despite the thousands of years, that Democracy has been practiced; still many of today’s nations and perhaps the majority of human population, neither practice, nor enjoy the benefits of Democracy. Why? Is it because of the shortfalls of democracy? Could it be that at least in some cases, the democratically elected oligarchies are part of the reason; could it be that these oligarchies cause this phenomenon?
Irrespective of the phenomenal advancements in human civilisation, still basic benefits of an individual’s humans rights and freedom, are not enjoyed, by perhaps the majority of humans in our globe. The equality deserved by every human being, is absent in the great majority of today’s world population. Basic human rights, rightly deserved by every person in our globe, escape the majority, under many of today’s present governing systems. Some of these practised systems are and include:
Military controlled Democracy
Popular Socialist States
Anarchic. Yes, even anarchic if we look at Afghanistan and some other parts of the world. (This was noted before the September 11th events in America and the collapse of Taliban government in Afghanistan).
Religious based doctrines.
Isokratia provides the opportunity, for these systems, even those that have never practiced Democracy, or have practiced restricted Democracy, to put the past behind them and take great leaps in human advancement. Make the jump to maximise human liberty. Isokratia provides the possibility for all, to make rapid advancements in human inter governings. Each and every country, irrespective of present governing system practiced, can accelerate and catch up. They can reach the ultimate, in human socio governings, by moving straight into the advanced governing system, based on the Isokratic principles.
All presently known and practised political systems, in my view, exhibit identical characteristics in their acts and results. All present systems, suffer from the same faults; from the Democratic, to the capitalist / free market system, to the oligarchic communism and totalitarian system, the hereditary monarchic system, and the forceful dictatorial regimes, including those camouflage under false pretence such as under the pretence to be the protectors of the religion; They all exhibit the same characteristic, where by “the few, through one-way or another, impose their wills over the many; over the public at large”.
Under each of these systems, some groups have privileged status. They differ only by degree. Their differences are only by a degree of personal freedom and opportunity enjoyed by the individual citizen. It would be unfair or an exaggeration to say that they are the same. However, there are fundamental similarities, with degree differences. Apart from the enjoyment of more personal freedom and opportunity (which by far are the most vital), under the democratic capitalist or democratic socialist system, the rest of the characteristics are identical, and vary only to a degree, between the various present political systems. Let’s have a look.
Democratic Capitalist /Socialist- Multi party systems
1. Dictatorial power to presidents, prime ministers and democratically elected governments.
2. Most Legislative & Executioning institutions are under the power of governments through direct or indirect control which can be dictatorial for a term of 4 or 5 years
3. Governing members of institutions have the power to abuse for four to five years
4. The rich individuals or Organisations and groups control and exploit the weak by pressure through their financial and political powers. Economically powerful institutions force policymaking. Even the dismissal of ministers, examples USA Carter Administration & UK.
5. Opportunity at it’s most, yet the few can enjoy the most, in political privilege and power, richness or resources. Rich persons, or rich and powerful institutions enjoy privileges and can even impose their views whilst in contrast the ordinary nor profit minded citizens opinions are seldom taken notice of.
Oligarchic / Totalitarian – Single Party systems
1. Dictatorial powers to a president, secretary or party committee and government officials, selected by the few single party members.
2. All Legislative and executioning institutions are under the power of the one leader and the few, committee members.
3. Members of institutions have powers to abuse at an even worse rate, in both longetivity and level, than under the Democratic capitalist / Socialist system.
4. The members of the ruling elite control and exploit the weak masses. Through the privileged powers and protection given to them by the system, the elite few escape the effects of their own policies, whilst exploiting the unprotected masses politically economically.
5. The few enjoy all, money and power. Institutions rule with the selected few party members or favoured appointees. His or her influence unquestioned by anybody below. They become the rich of the capitalist systems, the powerful of the Democratic system.
Monarchic Hereditary & Dictatorial
1 Dictatorial powers through inheritance or brutal police and or military force.
2. All Legislative and executioning institutions are under the power of one person and selected appointees.
3.Members of the executive institutions become governing lords being laws to himself or herself and above the law under the protection of one dictator as long as they serve their master.
4. Fear and brutal force ensures the exploitation of the masses with the individuals depressed and force to bare existence, without a hope of improvement; without the dream.
5. Power and richness are the sole prerogatives of the rulers and their entourage. National wealth becomes the property of the very few.
The list could go on and on.
Obviously in the past nobody could have imagined that the public at large would be able to express and effect decisions directly on every single decision. Each voter to be able to vote in, or vote out laws, according to his own individual and personal selection. Now we can. The means to such a practise are well within our grasp. Humans have matured in terms of civilised apprehension. All that is missing, it is a new advanced political system, which will make this possible. Isokratia is that new socio governing political system, which can make it possible. Isokratia gives all voters the power to participate with their decision, by voting on every single governing issue and law proposal. Isokratia offers that opportunity. Isokratia makes it possible. It is time.
4. It Is Now Possible
Modern technology available to us, make the adoption of Isokratia possible right now. Most of the public at large are now acquainted with unimaginable technologically advanced means. The IT revolution, through gigantic leaps, taken daily now, make Isokratia easy and possible to administer. Computers and the Internet highways can connect people anywhere around the world, very cheaply and in some countries and hopefully soon everywhere at no cost at all.
From the most remote areas of earth people are now able to communicate in real time. In most of the advanced countries, nearly every household is equipped with a telephone and a TV set; soon everyone will have a mobile phone. Through one or another means, almost every household has the ability to connect to the Internet highway, to interact with others and exchange their views.
Some countries including The United Kingdom and Germany have already pledged to have Internet enable every single household. Now is the time for Isokratia. Now it is possible to put into practise the long awaited enhancement of the outdated Democratic system. Now is the time to get rid of the elected oligarchic and dictatorial rule.
Through Isokratia, in my opinion, it is the only way that real democracy could prevail. Absolute democracy, true democracy. With only a few million pounds, computer systems could be installed in every household, and at selected points around the country, enabling people to vote on every single proposal. The public at large will be able to elect or reject proposals, be it proposed by the government, a group, or an individual.
Let’s not go too far. An example showing the feasibility of Isokratia is the computer system used for the Lottery in the UK. Installed in confectioners, supermarkets, petrol stations and other locations, it enables the public to play the lottery safely and secure of any intervention or abuse. Automatic voting telephone systems such as the one used for the Eurovision song contest are emerging. Similar systems and machines could be utilised for people to vote every day, or every week, on all the matters that affect us all; Vote on all the new laws that are being proposed, and so on.
With new enhancements in technology, the new advanced in message encryption and signatures via the Internet, people can vote safely, registering their votes on a sensor computer, which will give instant results. Based upon such votes, the government will have the executive power to execute the decisions, the will, and the choices of the people.
Under Isokratia governments will become more and more, the executive body; executing the true wishes of the public at large. We will no longer have politicians saying to us, “that is what I believe is the best for the country;” “the best for the public interest.” Under Isokratia, governments will have to do exactly, what the public perceives their best interest to be. However lets not forget that the democratic leaders act and will continue to act in a dictatorial manner only because the democratic system allows them to. Its one of the basic human weakness.
5. New Media Practices Required for Iso- Media
Some of the radical changes require serving and making Isokratia possible are changes in the way present day media acts and operates. Through all media forms on a compulsory requirement, arguments would be publicised for and against impartially on any proposed new law or regulation. Any proposed policy changes from the government. All new policies and proposals will be publicised by the media, in a strict, not influencing manner. People through all media including the radio and TV, will be able to listen to all the arguments for, against, and indifferently, by specialists and by ordinary individuals. As such every citizen will be able to make up his own mind and decide by himself what he will for in every case.
Through compulsory impartial wide media coverage, the public will have access to opinions and specialised advice on each and every publication, which will enable the public to make up their own minds, according to their own choices and beliefs. The days where one or another media form is totally against or totally in favour of government policies, bearing influence on millions of people watching, listening or reading the publications, will be over for good. (See Iso-Media for details).
6. Is every voter capable of making a decision on every issue, on every matter?
There is a basis for some to argue that not everyone will have the specialised knowledge required to make a decision on certain subjects. For instance, the decision whether to be a nuclear power centre or not; the decision to adopt one or another economic policy; the decision to introduce new laws. But again, I state that provided those with the specialised knowledge provide the arguments for and against, then any human being has the ability to select and make a responsible decision. After all the politicians who now make the decisions like all the voters do not have all the specialist knowledge on all matters.
People don’t have to have the expertise to make a decision. People don’t have to know how to build an engine, to make the decision to drive a car. People don’t have to know how to fly an aeroplane in order to make the decision travel in one. People do have enough brains and ability to make a value judgement on a specialist issue, once specialist opinion and advice is made available to them, and exposed to all the arguments for and against. How the voters will be exposed to such specialist advise and arguments we will see later on under one of the Isokratia requirements labelled Iso- Media.
As such I believe that every one given the opportunity will mature to take wise decisions. People if given the opportunity will learn and develop attitudes and behaviours. I rather see a mistake made by those that are affected by a decision rather than see a mistake made by some one on behalf of those affected. If a mistake is made it will be much easier and much faster to correct within the Isokratic system.
We only have to look at how ancient and wrong some of the laws governing society are now. Yes because they are is no political gain or interest, multiple governments pass through hundreds of years without bothering to scrap or alter to match today’s current practices.
7. The public becomes the decision maker for home and foreign policies
Under Isokratia, the public will be able to vote and decide on how their country’s representatives, vote in the United Nations matters and policies. Matters, which after all, directly affect the international public.
Under a Global Isokratic System, people will be able to promote and suggest changes in laws and regulations, at both national and international arena as well as the local area. For another area of grade abuse by democratically elected governments is their foreign policy. Unfortunately more often than not, foreign policies affecting third countries are totally unimaginable to apply at home. Some times absolute criminal too. The Isokratic system will put a stop to this abuse too, by the governing oligarchies. The mechanics and peripheral rules of engagement in the Isokratic system will be formed and evolved to serve the publics right to vote, in all matters, at both the national and the international level.
The public at large will be able to vote for or against every single policy-making decision of the government. The public will be voting for or against every single proposal for a new law. The people for the first time will really be the governing body. The governmental organisations will be acting as the executive bodies. Governments will be executing the people’s true decisions and wishes. That is why the name Isokratia; Because the government officials, ministers, prime ministers, and presidents, will just become the executive officers, carrying out the wishes of the public; The public who under the Isokratia system will be the true holders of decision making power.
Presidents, Prime ministers and members of parliaments, congress members and so on, will no longer be given the absolute power. They will no longer be able to assume that they have God’s given right to assume that the majority of the people support their suggested rules and regulations;
Rules and regulations, which most of the time are forced by them through parliament, by sheer blackmail and disciplinary measures, against their party’s members of parliament. In the English democratic system, for instance, an MP can be certain to be punished by his political party with a whip withdrawal if they don’t follow; if they don’t vote according to their party’s suggested policy. In other words if an MP does not tow the party line, he can find him/her self out in the wild.
8. The Role Of Government Under Isokratia
One may argue that what would the government be doing then? Well, under the Isokratia system, a government will be the executioners, the true representative of the people, because they would be executing the public’s true wishes. After all, that is why governments, prime ministers and ministers are there; to represent and serve the public at large. A government, when voted in, irrespective of by whom and by how much majority, becomes the legal representative, of the whole of a country’s population, not just those who have voted for them; not just those who have paid funds in their accounts.
9. Isokratic Roles Responsibilities And Powers
No matter what, under the Isokratic system, no single person will ever again be able to hold, a position through which he/she can gain absolute power, as we know it today. The role for Presidents and Prime Ministers, or Secretaries, will be truly to represent and execute the wishes of their people;
The citizens will be the ones with the final say, through their iso-votingtm on any proposal. Citizens will even be able to vote out governments within a few weeks. Voters will not have to wait, for the next general election, to express their wishes to replace a government, or a member of parliament, if that government’s actions are not seemed t to be in accordance with the citizen’s wishes. Perhaps in time, as Isokratia is practiced and evolves, there may come to be set legislative rules that govern the activities of voted representatives such as, Prime Ministers, Presidents, and members of parliament.
10. Governmental Bodies and Institutions
The executive governmental bodies and organisations, such as the police, the military, the judiciary and so on, will be empowered with certain pre-authorised factions and duties. Within these predefined duties these governmental organisations will have the powers to perhaps even be able to refuse to execute certain governmental instructions or orders, for which the government has not been authorised to do so by the public voting on that issue.
Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers will be directly answerable to both the elected parliament and the voters direct. Everything will have to be approved by the voters. Obviously for a transition period (and only for a short transition period) certain secondary matters, could be exempted from direct citizen’s voting, until the full Isokratic structure is put in place.
Such exceptions would have certain restraints or requirements; For example it could be that one of the requirements could be to require the support of at least 75% or 80% of the elected parliamentary representatives, be it known as members of parliament or congressmen, or Isokratic Representatives (IR - Iso-Representativetm). Or Iso-Member of Parliament IMPtm
A president, or Prime Minister, could become suspended, pending the citizen’s vote of confidence, when he loses the support of a certain proportion of the elected parliamentary representatives from all parties. In such cases, the chairman of the House of Representatives could be nominated as the caretaker Prime Minister or President.
Who makes vital decisions in the absence of prime minister? Who, as we know them now in the 20th century? But of course, Parliament. Under Isokratia, Parliaments will have true executive powers.
Members of Parliaments will no longer be open to the abuse of authority by the Party leader, or the party controlling committees. Individual members of parliaments will no longer fear to lose their seat because the party may withdraw it’s support. The inner working mechanisms of Isokratia, would be developed, amended and redeveloped, until everything can function without rendering the system inactive; without bringing the system to a stop.
If an IMP ( Iso-Member of Parliament) actions are in accordance to the political party he is a member of but contrary to the voted wishes of his constituency voters, then that constituency could call a vote of confidence immediately and oust that IMP. With such powers directly laying on the voters, could any IMP dare go against the wishes of the voters who have voted him/her in to represent them? No chance.
Alternatively it could be that certain committee or other formation organisations could be set up to monitor and accept complaints and investigate such malpractices by IMPs. Such organisations could be given the right and power to suspend such an IMP until the vote of confidence by the local constituents takes place.
11. Isokratia Local And Isokratic family equals human nature
For local area-related rules and regulations, the same Isokratic principles can be followed. The voting can take place on a weekly or monthly basis. Voting for local area matters and concerns outside the national coverage to be voted for by the members of the local public. The dictatorial powers of governors, mayors, councillors, and small pressure groups, will cease to be. The local public will have the final say through regular voting on every single rule, regulation and policy decision. Their elected representatives will be executing the local area’s true public wishes.
The Isokratic principles satisfy one of the major and natural tendencies of humans, to form groups. When practised, Isokratia can enhance conditions in all close environments. Close environment examples, are the family environment, the neighbourhood environment, associations and any other small group formations. Larger close environments are the local government environment, the regional environment the national environments.
Each household has its own decisions to make, and each adult and non-adult member for that matter of each household, usually proposes, agrees or disagrees with all the decision-making. ( Obviously I am referring to a normal family where the parents do not exercise dictatorial rule over the children nor over their partner). If one takes that, and enlarges it to a neighbourhood, to a local area, to a regional area and then to a national government, and international government, it is exactly the same natural principle, which matches with the human characteristic.
The human nature, to want to be part of a group. The human inner compulsion, which drives each individual member to want his or her views to count too. When analysed down to the bare bones, this is none other than the genetically inherited human wish to be accepted as an equal. That is why I believe that Isokratia will mature only when all living generations have grown up under the Isokratic principles, at home, at schools, at local and national environments. Whatever we say now a days with out any one being exempted including my self, some times we do act dictatorial in family decisions because that’s how we are taught from a young age.
In very simple terms, imagine the local Isokratia family to be a single family unit, made out of grown ups, or shall I say voting age people. Similar to a family member, who, once reaching a maturing age, becomes capable in sharing in the family’s decision making. Recent research shows that nowadays, young family members as young as ten and twelve, take part in the decision making in a family. In some cases they contribute with their suggestions, at other instances they are the determining factor for many family decisions. These are across a wide spectrum, from holiday destinations, and other outings, to the purchasing of consumables, and house decorations.
In many democratic countries, whole families vote just the way the father, or even the grandfather or uncle wants to. This is reality and if you like, is another distortion of the democratic process. For Isokratia to come to full maturity, a spirit of encouragement must be cultivated, where everyone is not just allowed, but is also encouraged to make their own individual choices freely. Where wives or relations do not have to vote according to the husband or according to the family’s head or elder.
Schooling can play a very important part, by impartially analysing and promoting the youngsters, not just to practice free choice, irrespective of choices made by others around them, but even more important to abstain from trying to impose their choices and views upon others; this will reflect on their attitudes later, as they reach adulthood.
12. Suffocating of The System by the System
Isokratia must not be misunderstood and turned into a series of large number of rules, laws, by-laws and regulations, that suffocate the individual’s liberty, personality and freedom of each person; Even more important the Isokratic system must never but never be allowed to suffocate itself, by complex and multiple regulations and laws. Simplicity must be practised to the maximum. Scraping ancient or unpractical laws should be a priority wherever Isokratia is adopted. Replacing complex legislation with simple and easy to apply ones.
Nor must it ever be allowed to use Isokratia, to suffocate and prevent the operations of the free market mechanisms. Such examples exist already. In small ways we can find such instances in Switzerland, where there is so much restriction imposed on individuals, that the suicidal rate, is one of the highest around the world.
The inner cause or generator of the over regulations suffocating the personal freedom only came about because of the abuse of the system by a few extremist who once gain power in local authority pound the system with regulation upon regulation. If the public at large had their way they will abolish the majority of the suffocating local laws and regulations.
Isokratia would not allow for such an abuse to take place. And if it ever reaches or is suspected of near suffocation status, it will be very easy to reverse; Whilst under present Democratic systems is nearly impossible to scrap a regulation once it has been established. Some of the laws in Democratic countries date to a few hundreds of years old. Out of date, out of line with present reality and conditions.
Yet it is very rare that such laws change or get updated to reflect current requirements. Why? Very simply because the politicians are too busy trying to impose more and new regulations to get their plans executed, to get their wills imposed on the public; Simply because they do not have the time nor the inclination to be concern with updating old unpractical laws and regulations.
Care must be taken not to misunderstand the intentions of Isokratia. If extremist try to use the Isokratia principles to suppress personal freedom, liberty, opportunity and acceptance, the public at large will find it very easy to refuse and prevent extremist taking control.
Too much interference in personal life and freedom by community by-laws and regulations has proven to have a devastating effect on humans and their functionality. Too much control, through direct involvement, destroys individual freedom. Too many regulations imposed on the individual, can diminish individuality; Which in turn, virtually murders the identity and personality of a person, and gives rise to mechanical existence. Such existence leads to disparate acts.
Inevitably such suffocating controls even in an open society state, will lead to a more dysfunctional society. In other words, Isokratia must not be misunderstood and used as a back door, to suffocate the individual personality. The individual’s freedom, respect and acceptance, must be preserved and extended to the maximum possible.
13. Maximum Freedom - Maximum Liberty - Minimum Intervention
Isokratia is based on maximum liberty of the individual and on minimum intervention. Absolute respect for each other’s rights of opinion and equality. This can only be achieved by the participation into the decision making policies at all levels from family matters to local, national and global level. But always with the minimum possible interference or restriction on the individual’s freedom and rights.
The same must be avoided when it comes to the economic life. That economic life which affects a local area, a national area, an international or global area. Consumers at large will have a say, and will dictate through their votes, to how such economic activities from a small individual person, or a large global corporation affect their own life. However, extremists must not be allowed to suffocate and restrict the development of economic activity and healthy competition.
We have seen, how even in advanced Democratic systems, a handful of people , can pre-organised and gain control over vital decision making bodies. Small examples just for indication purposes are the taking over of decision-making committees. This is extensively practised in local government levels as well as national and international levels. Once gained control of such bodies, for certain time frame, they have full control on the decisions. They then proceed to impose their minority and extremist views upon the great majority of the people affected by such decisions. Very often we see that such views and decisions are totally contrary to the citizens affected.
In other cases we see local governments failing to act on proposals by locals. In other cases we see such proposals being drag for years before they are taken up; In some cases when the proposals are taken up and acted upon they have been transformed to the extend they no longer address the issue upon which the locals have proposed them.
14. Having micro-cosmos ruling by the micro-people who govern.
One of the ailments of past and present day systems, whether it be dictatorial or democratic, is the influence by what I would call “ the micro-cosmos”, in the ruling of a country; Micro-cosmos, being those behind the scenes; Using certain advantages, they may have gained with the ruling bodies and persons, to influence directly and indirectly and bring their own desires into effect.
Isokratia, has no room for such micro-cosmos to operate. Isokratia gives the decision-making to the people at large, not to individuals; nor to the micro cosmos influencing the governments and government representatives.
Examples of such micro-cosmos can be the organised pressure groups as well as single individuals varying from friends, spouses, lovers or benefactors. Irrespective of whether they are small or large groups, such as local groups, ecological groups, ethnic groups, businesses groups, Trade Union organisations or Lobbying groups.
Again, care must be taken not to misuse these criteria, for more than often, the human improvements came only as a direct result of such organised groups. It was the trade unions that fought and gain decent working conditions and standards of living in the western world. It is the small ecological groups, who made the public aware to whatever destructive, if not catastrophic practices governments or conglomerate organisations were involved with.
Examples of negative but effective strong influencing body, is the powerful tobacco industries lobby group. They have the power to influence, even the appointment and dismissal of ministers. Do not assume that such practices are found in small dictatorial countries. These practices are found in the most advanced democratic countries such as America and Britain. In America during the Carter administration, the health minister was forced to resign as a direct result of the pressure by the micro-cosmos of the tobacco industry. The same thing happened in Britain under the Major administration when they yielded to pressure from the tobacco industry.
Under the present Democratic system, the micro groups, or persons exerting influence in the decision making governing a country, or local area, can and often are individuals, such as the spouses of people in power, lovers of people in power, friends of people in power and so on. There are innumerable examples in human history, where the micro cosmos behind powerful exerting groups or individuals, interfere in the government process under the present Democratic systems. Under Isokratia, this practise, will be minimised and in time, perhaps diminish completely.
The influence of decision making by leaders, or governmental institutions is not unnatural, nor an unusual phenomenon. It is within the deepest roots of human beings. It is what is commonly described as a struggle, to exert our own individual desires and opinions upon others. It is practice within a relation, between spouses, between friends, in our day-to-day actions. Sometimes without even realising it. Even worse, are the results when either party, through a position of strength, be it physical, financial, cajoling, flirting, or the ability to be abusive, try to exert their influence on their spouse.
15. Political Pre - Election Manifestos
Manifestos clear out. What is needed, what humans require, is freedom, for full participation, not just once in while; not just once or twice in a century chance, to participate in the decision making, which affects our country, our lives, our globe.
It is time for the national assemblies, to represent the true public at large. The time has come, for the national assemblies, to represent and act upon the true wishes of the people. National assemblies and houses of representatives are long overdue, to becoming true executioners, of the true public wishes. It is time for national assemblies to no longer be dictatorial institutions, dictating to the public at large, what hey believe is to the best interest of the public.
16. Trade Unions
A major aspect of Isokratia is the Isockratisation of all institutions. Not just governmental organisations. Such institutions are the trade unions, business confederations, voluntary organisations and so on. Trade Unions must stop being the tools of political parties. Though Trade Unions, primary responsibility is the benefit of their members, Trade Unions must recognise, that they are also responsible for the effects, their actions have on other Trade Union members, as well as the benefit of the rest of the country.
All group institutions including the trade unions, must understand very clearly, that they must not see themselves as above the rest of the country. Their actions can have a very strong, negative and severe effect, on the rest of a country’s workforce. For this reason trade unions must be the first to become Isokratic in their internal governings.
Under Isokratia all the Trade Union members will have the right to a secret vote on all aspects of their Union’s policy making and actions. Under the Isokratic system, trade union members will be dictating policy and actions to their elected representatives, through regular Isokratic voting on all aspects and T Union matters.
Sacrifices were made, blood was shed, lives were lost, dreams were destroyed, to gain the rights the employees enjoy in the developed world today. In other countries, blood is still being shed, lives are still lost day in day out, in the struggle to gain the mere minimums of working rights. However, Trade Unions, who practice extremism, and abuse the collective powers, gained by their forefathers, risk loosing those rights for which others fought for generations to win; they risk compromising those rights for which others have died for to establish. Such extremist Trade Union groups abuse the bare freedom of the individual. Dictatorial rule wherever is practised and under whatever form, representation or pretence, is against human nature. Unfortunately such groups and practices are not isolated. They can be found both in the western world as well as other undeveloped parts of the world. We still have a long way to go.
Under the Isokratic system, provisions can be made, where the Trade Unions can call for a citizens support vote to authorise actions such as protests, and strikes. At least they will have the chance to put their case direct to the public. In so doing they have a case, that the rest of the country support their actions and demands. It could be that the public can be the best arbitrators; For no government will be able to go against the public’s vote, which will be the publics instructions to the government.
The same will apply if the dispute is with a private company. The company will have the opportunity to present it’s case to the those who will bear the final effect, the consumer at large. It will be suicidal for such a company to refuse to accept the public’s vote, as much as it will be suicidal for a Trade Union group to go against the public’s wishes. It could be that another more civilised formula can be formed within the parameters of the Isokratic principles.
The freedom of each individual, to develop and grow must always be at the core of the Isokratia system.
17. Isokratia (Neo-Democratisation)
With the technology available to all, to exert their vote on a daily basis if need be, every issue should be voted upon. The same can be implied to central and local governments. Dictatorial rule, by the elected representatives and the few appointed ministers and officials, will be eliminated, from both, central and local government levels. Votes of confidence, should no longer be the privilege of the few MPs towing the party line.
Under the Isokratic rule, everyone will have the right to vote on all the issues. If a governing party, prime minister or president, loses the vote of confidence, he or she will no longer have the power to call a general election. A care taking Prime Minister would be able to take over, until a new Prime Minister, President or Secretary is voted in. Lets not forget that under Isokratia the prime ministers and presidents will only be the representative executioners of the public’s voted wishes.
The new world will be accustomed to more frequent general elections. The ability to contact a general election at any time will be real, without any additional cost. The definitions of such inter workings can change and adapted and improve, until the best formula is found. During the transitional period to full Isokratic practices, leaders and parties could be given, for example, a minimum of one year before a vote of confidence can be caught against them, unless they tried to impose or execute something which was not previously voted for by the voters; Provisions can be set for the cases where a Prime Minister / President, lose a number of proposed votes, say three or five, on legislation or on decisions.
Perhaps, there will be no need, for a vote of confidence, under the Isokratic system. This can be developed accordingly to each country, as the people wish. It could be that the same committee investigating IMPs can investigate and have the powers to suspend a prime minister or whole government (ministers and so on) and appoint caretaker prime ministers and IMPs until the public votes in new representatives.
18. Bills And Laws
The oligarchy of the few members of parliaments and party leaders, will cease to be, under the Isokratic system. As Isokratia evolves and matures, it could be that political parties and members of parliaments may no longer be required, nor desired; One thing for sure is that their role will change drastically.
As well as the IMPs and political parties, every individual will have the right to put forward a proposal for a new law or regulation. Such law propositions may have a qualifying pre requirement. It can be the gaining of a certain amount of public support. This can be determined either by the collection of signatures, or by local area voting, or any other, alternative nationally approved practise. Proposals for Laws and Regulations, once ready for the vote to be voted for by the public at large, not just by the Members of Parliament, or any other privileged oligarchic body.
The mechanics and filtering, or perhaps refining of the Isokratic procedures, can be set and evolved, according to each local or central area. To begin with it could be possible for a law or regulation to be first voted by the House of Representatives, or first by the public and then refined without material changes by the House of Representatives. Whichever way or system, the essence is that the decision will be taken by the public through their direct say by voting. The voting public would be the one determining the adoption, or not, of all new laws, by-laws and regulations. Under Isokratia the legislative in essence will be the public.
19. Media & Isokratia Iso-Media
Under the present Democratic system some practices have developed, and establish which have severe affect on public opinion. Such case is the unprecedented transferring power of today’s media of all shapes and forms. Unfortunately such amassed influencing powers, are systematically used to abuse public opinion by the owners or controllers of such media as well as by governments and a handful of individuals or large enterprises. This ailment of today’s governing systems including Democracy, need to be corrected in order to be able to practice Isokratia.
The media, whether we like it or not, has grown to bear tremendous transferring powers which affect everyone. Irrespective of what form it comes under, audio, written, visual or mixed, the media is no longer a means of transferring news to the public. Media has expanded, grown and evolved, to have immense influence on the public at large.
As such, the public’s response to events, political, social and all, are largely affected if not based on the media culture and power. Unfortunately, this media culture and it’s powers lay in the hands of a handful of private individuals, or group owners like Rupert Murdoch and the handful of editors in each country, or dictatorial governing regimes.
Such immense influential power, over the public by a few, is not compatible with the Isokratic system, nor with fairness, not with human nature for that matter. These powers are oligarchic, dictatorial, un elected, and worst of all, are subject to appointed personnel, on a financial reward basis.
I respect the fair play and seriousness of the great majority, of reporters who strive daily, to bring us news, and present arguments in the current events; I value their warnings which raise alarms, save lives and prevent or alter catastrophic policies. They themselves know first hand, the might of the editor’s, or owner’s power, in critical issues over their work.
Under the present known systems, the media, one way or another, exerts immense influence on people’s minds. Such influence direct or indirect, conscious or subconscious, directly affects the public’s attitudes, opinions and responses. In some countries, the media is strongly regulated, censored and used as a control instrument, directly by the governments, who through one form or another, enjoy dictatorial and absolute power.
Let’s not forget the use of the media by all kind of governments, democratic and not, for propaganda purposes. I don’t know of one case where the media was used for propaganda purposes and the propaganda was genuine or truthful. The need for propaganda only arises when those in control, need to feed the public, false information.
In some countries, the media is so free and unregulated, that single individuals or small groups, gain total control; Such control allows them to use the media, to directly and indirectly influence and direct the public opinion, towards their personal, or group goals and benefits. For example one newspaper can praise and support a government’s action because it so suits or benefits the newspaper’s owner or editors. At the same time the same government action can be savaged by another newspaper or any other media form, which for their own reasons, stand to gain if that government is voted out.
To attract a group of consumers according to their political sidings, newspapers and in some countries TV stations, openly became frantic supporters of one political party or another. If that party is in government then such a medial organisation blesses all government actions. If the supporting party is in opposition then such media, will constantly fight all governmental actions and plans.
Due to the abusive powers and influence of the present form of practised media, over the public at large, radical measures must be taken, to regulate and change the way media is practised. Drastic measures are required, for the media world, must be regulated and required to carry their operations and functions, in a compulsory impartial manner; In a manner, where each media practicing organisation, will have a mandatory obligation, to present equal arguments, in favour, against and indifferent views ( as otherwise known third opinion), for all current issues, events, affairs and proposed legislation. Be they local, national or international.
Opposing view reporters will have the opportunity to publish their arguments in the same publication side to side. In audio media on the same time-sharing the air time. On audio visual on same programs on each television station. Arguments will be equally presented in support, against and indifferent views, to an issue. The public will then decide what is good for them. What to vote for and what to vote against.
Indeed such practised Iso-Media will become a valuable aid in making it possible for the public to access specialist opinions and expert views for and against an issue; As such the public will be exposed to the specialist know how of each matter which maybe required to enable them to formulate a truly personal view.
Whilst the media will be required to present all sides and arguments, care must be taken to maintain the freedom of speech. If you like under such mandatory requirements, freedom of speech will become REAL and at it’s maximum; For freedom of speech, can not exist when opinions and speeches are influenced, by one sided arguments, as presently presented by today’s media.
Freedom of speech, is not possible, when the freedom to access all arguments is not available; Freedom of speech is false, when the speaker expresses one sided view; Freedom of speech is imposition of an opinion. when the right to all arguments, forth and against and third view, is not available to the public. Today’s media fails to provide arguments for and against; because today’s media can favour one or another issue or argument, policy, political party, government or opposition. Indeed many of today’s media organisations owe their survival to siding with one or another political party or group of society.
Under the Isokratic system, a new style of media presentation will be required. A new format of media presentation will be needed. A new media culture is required where each media player, be it a newspaper, a magazine, radio or television, will be required to present arguments for and against each political issue. A new media era, where the public will be given the opportunity to simultaneously see arguments for and against an issue. Some present newspapers and Televised programs have periodically, on selected issues, already begun practising this. Arguments are presented for and against and the public are left to make up their own minds. Local media would be governed by the same requirements as those impose on national media.
The freedom of speech will be re enforced with the right of the public to be exposed to all sides of the argument in each matter.
Under the Iso-Media, all forms of media, local and national, will be compelled by law to, first of all, to facilitate and publicise reports on all suggested new or amended laws and regulations. All media will be required by law to hold an impartial stand, simultaneously publishing next to each article, arguments for and against and even indifferent arguments, on a new law proposal.
All media will face severe punishment in both fines and withdrawals of licences, if they were to be found to be bias, in favour or against a proposal. The public has the right to access expert and independent arguments, both for, against and indifferent, and then be left to the individually person to decide; Decide according to their own preferences, judgement and wishes. In our present day advancements, it is impossible for the public to have specialised knowledge on many of matters and policies. The public can form a view though, once they have access to all sides of the argument.
All media have grown to be an essential tool for today’s world. Media has evolved and gained a primary role in every society. One such primary role is the publication of events and information; to inform the public of news and events. That is why they are called newspapers, CNN news, BBC news, Euro news and so on. At the same time today’s media has grown and amassed immense powers, with which they influence public opinion. The media’s powers are that strong, as to be able to influence or
cause the rise, or fall of elected governments. In effect, today’s media influential powers can influence national as well as international policy making. Can human civilisation advanced with such practices? I don’t believe so.
Presently, we have a system where media, such as a single or a group of national influential newspapers with millions of everyday readers, follow a line of support or condemnation for one political party or another, or for the government. Such freedom of influential means to be exercised over the public is dangerous and can be malicious and catastrophic. Such uncontrolled transferring power leads to fanaticism, and hinders the progress of human civilisation.
As such, the media has to be regulated to serve the public’s needs as society evolves; Regulated to no longer be able to campaign for or against a political issue, a political party, or a political person. Stripping media of this power of influence, by forcing them to provide all arguments over an issue. This will result in the shift of the decision power to the public, without any interfering influence by the media. In effect, under such new media practises, the real hold of power will always lay with the public at large. The media would then truly become a valued service to the individual, as well as society as a whole.
20. Some of the requirements & characteristics of Iso-Media
All proposed law amendments and decisions which affect the country at large, to be published in advanced by all media, in a compulsory requirement; without any charges for such publications. Presented in newspapers with articles in favour, against, and indifferent to eliminate the influence of one newspaper over another on a decision or an opinion. Discussed on TV, radio, and publications in impartial discussions, where group ideas will always be present, not just individuals.
Programs like question time in the UK can be diversified to have specialist airing their views and the public attending to express their views ,ask questions and interrogate the specialist. Programs can be set up to analyse each and every proposal to go on the vote.
Some may wonder what will differentiate one publication or media form against another. There is plenty of material, which are outside the voting socio-governing issues and political matters, on which publications can develop and compete. But even more the publications with the most professional and unbiased arguments on an issue will win the customers.
The media will have tremendous gains from such regulations and compulsory presentations. A publication will no longer have to rely on the supporters of one or another political party. They can cross sell across to all readers.
Once an issue or a number of issues have been widely discussed with all the arguments in favour, against and indifferent, publicised in all media for a given time, then the issues can be put to the vote,. This timescale between publication and voting can be decided to suit each country’s or local area’s public wishes. It can be a week, two weeks, a month, and so on; perhaps with a revision of main arguments in favour, against and indifferent the day of the vote casting on an issue.
The criteria to be so, that enough time is given for exposure and discussion of the issue. Enough time for the public to have the chance to hear, read, exchange views and have time to think about the issue. It could be that the media must abstain from any further discussions during the voting day. It could be that the media may publicise only the main arguments for and against.
Major subjects , can be left open to discussions for longer periods than lesser important matters before the public takes a vote on them. Each country , or local authority and so on can set their own individual time frames and programs. It is not necessary to place all in the same straight jacket as to how they decide to practise frames of the Isokratia system such as the discussion period open for a subject before vote.
21. Law Proposal Power
Under Isokratia, individuals, or groups will be able to propose laws as well. It could be that we may reach an era where the majority if not all of new law propositions comes by the public. Independently run organisations such as the police, education authorities, fire brigade authorities and others may become the other major originators of suggested new legislations. The same of course for individuals or small groups of private citizens.
People will have the right to vote for accepting or rejecting privately proposed bills or laws. Such proposed laws, may require a certain number of minimum votes, before they can be taken up by the government for reading and passing the law through, the representation houses or committees; So that the final form without any meaningful changes can be construe, at least at the beginning stages of Isokratia.
In such cases the individual, or the groups proposing these laws may have to have a veto, as to the form by which a proposed law will be presented for voting to the public at large. This will take away the power of lower houses, or representative houses, of neutralising a proposal for a regulation or activity. Individuals, or eventually small groups, to be given full access to specialist legal and expertise advice, at the cost of the government to formulate or draft their proposal.
Specialised bodies can be set up, where a law proposal, can be taken for specialised advice, in the formatting of the proposal. This will enable any one, or any small group without the necessary financial power and expertise, to have access to specialised legal advice and guidance in formatting their law proposal.
Individuals who propose a law under the Isokratic system, to be given full legal advice and expense, to see their proposals through the necessary stages and procedures. It may be decided that before putting a law proposal to the public vote, all such proposals irrespective of origins, be it from the government, from an individual or small groups, are to be pass through a house of representatives, a committee, or any other filtering mechanism for advise on the composure of the proposal and any conflicts with existing regulations. The details of the procedure can be set by each country according to that country’s public wishes.
Any amending suggestions, from such houses, committees or filtering mechanism, if not accepted by the proposer/s, then to be subject to a veto by the proposer/s. In such a case, the vote would go to the public, as is ,(provided of course that the minimum requirements are met for that proposal to merit a public vote ).
22. Isokratic Groups
As the Isokratic system evolves and matures, it could be that Local governments, schools, hospitals, may all require a majority vote from those concerned, affected or there to serve. For example, residents of an area covered by schools, to have the right to determine their school’s program and direction. Always of course within some main national frame lines at least to start with.
The public, within the geographic area of a hospital is meant to serve, to have the right to determine policy and practises, monitoring and promoting their area hospital. And so on. Time and again we see policy makers, of such institutions to be outside the effects of the policies they suggest. Let the policy makers be those, who have to live and bear the effects of those policies. The Isokratia principle is the only solution achieving such requirements.
23. Political Arena IMP ( Iso members of Parliament) (or Iso Congressmen /women)
A system can grow through political parties or not, where we can have independent IMPs at Parliament. Each IMP would be voted in according to his beliefs. MPs from local area parliaments would vote according to their beliefs. Encouragement of honesty and new policy outside the influence of political party line. Isokratia can not develop on the basis of today’s dictatorial governings of today’s political parties. Who knows we may come to the end of life of political parties. We may develop a none political party based Isokratic system. In the future we may come to develop a new form of political parties or groups as we politically evolve.
It could be that one day we could have the majority IMPs or congressmen, not belonging to a political party. It could be that one day, we could restrict party IMPs to under 49% of the Parliamentary MPs combined from all parties, and the rest to be from independent IMPs. The same could be applied in the formation of government and parliamentary committees. These are just rough suggestions. For definite detail studies and work is required to arrive to the best solutions.
These IMPs would be unable to hold any directorship, advisory, or any other paid or unpaid portfolios with organisations or companies whilst inactive IMP service. Not even voluntary organisations. In other words, MPs, Members of Parliament, would just be Members of Parliament and paid to reflect the new independent role. Expenses would be paid and their reward would be high, proportional to the hours and duties and most of all reasonable, to discourage them from falling prey to rewards from outside influences.
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24. Benefits From such state of Independent Iso-MPs:
No influence from minority pressure groups, like committed sections, imposing their influence and ideas on a Party or a group line. For example the 1922 Conservative group, within the British Conservative party. Groups like the Trade Unions, exerting influence over Labour Party policies. Business pressure groups like the tobacco industry group whose powers and influence was such that they even forced the resignation of ministers and so on.
Such a political reform could encourage new ideas, to be put forward, by individual IMPs, who would see their roles as truly representatives of their area. To strictly follow the Party Line, which can be the ideas of a party ruling committee, or those of the President or Prime Minister, has been proven to lead to oligarchic, dictatorial rule, under the camouflage of Democracy.
Under the new system of Isokratia, gaining or not losing votes would not influence the country. No interference to the running of the country, for gaining popular support. No nationalistic steering actions, with the aim of gaining votes. No poison patriotic rhetoric, with false propaganda, in order to gain support for war actions, similar acts or a few winning votes. To such effect that sometimes we see member of parliament defecting from one extreme party to another supporting opposing policies.
25. Isokratic Parliament Central and Local
To start with parliament can have executive committees, with full powers to implement law, investigate relevant bodies. The government will still control all governmental bodies such as legal, police education, health, defence, finance and so on. IN some matters such organisations like the police could be receiving their mandates and instructions directly from the public. Governments will still have the powers to prosecute. The difference will be that the factions of all governmental bodies and organisations will be subject to the citizens votes, not the individual governors. Obviously such powers will need to be adjust as Isokratia evolves.
Maximum autonomy will be given to each governmental body such as police, health, education and so on. Maximum autonomy with the aim of allowing the professionals to get on with their job. Always subject to governmental control so that such bodies and organisations are prevented from developing oligarchic, dictatorial, or abusive powers themselves. At the same time equipped with powers or mandates, to be able to refuse certain action request or instructions from a government if, in the cases where the government has not previously gained an iso-vote from the public approving such an action.
26. Parliamentary powers.
Under Isokratia, parliaments will act as the executive body, executing the wishes of the country’s citizens. The public will specifically vote the citizen’s wishes, in regular intervals. These can be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly intervals. No decision needs to be taken in a rush. The present day system will not disintegrate if a decision is taken one month or the next. If a burning subject arises it can be given priority on the voting agenda.
Under the present system, parliament can take years to make a suggestion into law. If anything, under the Isokratic system, laws will be able to be approved and established, at a much quicker pace than presently possible. The friction between parliaments and opposing groups will vanish, for the decision will lay with the public at large, not with the dictatorial instructions of the governing party, President or Prime Minister, not to forget the monarchs.
27. Local governments
Under Isokratia the local governments will be given true self-governing abilities. Their local affairs will be based and decided by the local citizen’s voting wishes. Again matters can be voted in weekly, bi weekly, monthly or whatever interval, each local area decides, by the vote of it’s local members
Local government would be given more real power for local matters. On the same principle as Isokratia, where people vote electronically, or at designated centres, with centralised computers. Local area population will be able to vote exclusively, on local matters, laws and by laws which lay outside the central government scope.
Designated voting centres, machines or whatever other means providing the ability for regular voting, on national matters to have the facility to be used for local area voting as well. Where voting is done on national matters, to be able to be used for local voting too, on local matters. Local government should no longer rely on the ruling of those few, who influence and control by party line politics, in local government committees. The local population would have the final say, through actual voting.
The same could apply to regional matters. Regional decision making and administration could be given to regional authorities, under the direct control of each region’s voting citizens. Employment, local and national policies to be voted by the whole national vote, in pursuit of national solutions. In addition, regional policies, to promote regional and local solutions, to be voted by the regional and local citizens.
28. Isokratic Unionisation
In the delicate matter of trade unions where we have seen and for that matter we are still seeing the system abused by both Trade Unions, as well as employers, perhaps the public at large should be given the right to vote on areas affecting national state of events. The elderly, the weak, the vulnerable, should not be left to the mercy of single trade unions in areas which can affect the country’s supplies and functionality, such as electricity, gas, telephone, policing, transport and so on.
Perhaps we must search for more civilised ways of resolving disputes. More civilised and more just solutions. Answers which will respect the right of the workers for a decent income and standard of living, whilst at the same time, preserving the right of the employers to carry on with production.
Lets not forget that whole governments, under the blackmail of trade union actions, which often paralyse a country, give into unrealistic demands only because they fear of losing votes. Classic examples here are the notorious French blockades and so on. Or vice –versa where trade unions gave up their struggle in the face of governments muscling in with treats to introduce prohibiting legislation, send the army in, or introduce policies, which could reduce if not eliminate demand for labour, forcing unemployment.
29. How To Make Isokratia Factional With Or Without Political Parties.
I don’t know. Yes that’s correct I don’t know. (at this moment and time least). For starters though it may be that political party IMPs may need to be limited to a maximum of say 50% of the set as. The rest to be taken by independent IMPs.
Many serious questions have to be addressed and solutions found. I do not claim to have the answers to all, for some are indeed specialised subjects with different merits of thoughts and requirements than others. Most important, such questions require serious time input, to produce the right answers. I could come up with some good conclusions and answers in many maters if I had the time required to devote. However I do not have that precious time right now. Nor do I claim to have the necessary expertise required in many such delicate areas. I am merely laying the foundations upon which I invite your contributions to build upon.
That is why, I invite thoughts from all of you, who can contribute to the building of Isokratia. If you happen to be a specialist in such a matter, your ideas and suggestions may prove invaluable. I believe that if the foundations are laid correctly, the principle of Isokratia, will eventually produce the optimum solution to each of these areas.
Some of the solutions may lay with the empowering present national or global organisations. Other solutions may require the setting up of new local, national or global bodies and organisations. The powers of such organisations are never meant to be of interventionist nature, but of primarily prevention and thus protection, from the cruelty resulting by abuse, be it criminal, political, or economic. People within such organisations, may have invaluable suggestions to contribute.
30. The Time Has Come
Other systems that were supposed to be calling for equality, such as the communist system, proved nothing else than a camouflage, through which to pass dictatorial powers to the party members; Τo the leader and his elite few; the result was the exchange of dictatorial rule, from one elite group to another. The same, of course, we see in democratic systems, but to a lesser extent, to a play down effect if you like.
With today’s developments, I believe that the Isokratia system will bring harmony, it would win people. Isokratia, would bring happiness and human development, for Isokratia truly matches the human nature; the human survival and development instinct, which governs us all, which says a human can never be a slave; It is not within human nature, to accept to be a slave to other’s wishes. Isokratia is one with the human spirit, which can never be conquered by another. Isokratia matches the human demand for integrity, which in turn demands respect and acceptance, irrespective of race, religion, colour or monetary status.
31. Isokratia. Fantasy or Compatible Vision?
Some could easily labelled Isokratia as ‘theoretical fantasies’. The more I examine and question the thought, the more I conclude that far from a theoretical fantasy, Isokratia is a sure vision. A compatible vision; Because the idea of Isokratia, is absolutely compatible with human nature. Isokratia is the first and only socio-governing system which touches the human nature. I believe that Isokratia is as close a socio-governing system can come to human compatibility. As such Isokratia is one with reality, and it can be practised.
Isokratia is coming. It’s just around the corner. It can be practised here and now, in most of the advanced countries of the world. From there on, the advanced countries of the world can play their role in helping Isokratia spread around; Help the set up and practised around the rest of the world for the benefit of the globe and all it’s citizens;
We start from the family, to the neighbourhood, to the local area, to the national area, and then spread through the continents to the international and global arena. Isokratia can expand to the global control of our world today; Through United Nations, whereby even those decisions can be taken at local levels, and at each country level by the individual votes of each member of the public of such country, and then passed on to the United Nations where the decisions of the public will matter; Not the decisions of the prime minister, or of the minister representing the country at the United Nations. No veto powers in the hands of individuals or groups of countries. Veto powers are anathema and the cancer which render the of United Nations inactive and unjust as we know it today.
It could be that in under certain circumstances, Isokratia at the beginning can be practised on selected issues and slowly, slowly expand to full implementation. This is especially so in the Global arena.
I believe it is an easily achievable system, or solution if you like, for Isokratia is the truly democratic way of life; based upon genuine equality, where everyone’s views count; In a world, where everyone is accepted, with their wishes respected and counted for. In an Isokratic world, where everyone is accepted as of equal importance in the governing of our lives at all levels; where the crowd decides how it will be govern and regulated.
32. The Systems Are Ripe - The Time Is Right
The present western political systems are ripe. The time is right. One could say, they are ready. It is definitely easier for all democratic states, to slide into the change; To move straight into the Isokratia system. However, beware. Beware and witness, how those with thirst for absolute power, fame, and control, will revolt against Isokratia. I am sure those who have much to lose, be it the exercise of power, fame, or economic advantage, will fight with any which way they have available, against the adoption of the Isokratic system.
33. Opposing Isokratia
Usually these are the people with great feelings of insecurity. The people, who will rally against Isokratia, are those insignificant personalities, who nurture dictatorial emotions. Sometimes so even though they may never have a chance of gaining such powers. They will however fight for a system that gives them the hope, of one day gaining such oligarchic absolute powers.
These persons are easily identifiable. They are those emotionally disturbed, who only feel important, when through one mean or another, they gain advantage to dictate their opinions on others. Isokratia will be resisted and opposed by those people, who nurture secret inner fascistic illusions, that they have the God given right to rule and impose their wishes upon others, on the pretence of whatever reason. They will sacrifice their pleasure for a lifetime, to gain or be part of a group, which can gain positions of power; On the pretence of patriotic doctrines; on the pretence of social equality; on the pretence of fair distribution of wealth; on the pretence of superiority.
34. Engulfing Isokratia
Equally, I am sure those who currently may enjoy governmental powers, and who truly want to represent the people at large, will engulf and support the Isokratic system. I am certain, and it is only logical, that those who genuinely care for others, will become instant Isokratic supporters. I am convinced that those who truly devote their lives to serve their fellow countrymen, their fellow humans, from across the world, will become the most frantic supporters of the Isokratic system. Fortunately we have a large number of such people in and out of politics, who come from all political ideologies from right wings to left wings and centre parties.
Despite the fame and other advantages and rewards, a government member, or member of parliament can receive at present times, their work is very demanding, very punishing and I believe the great majority have truly good intentions; or at least started out with truly good intentions.
This group of genuine individuals, believing in humanity, will want to implement Isokratia in a speedy manner. And they will succeed. They will succeed, because they care for others, as equally as they care for themselves. They will succeed because the public at large will support them instantly.
Remember that nothing was achieved in this world without a struggle. No social change, or improvement was readily accepted by those ruling in advantage, without a revolt; Sometimes just to avoid the possibility of revolution. Such was the one and only case I am aware of which is in the UK, where the welfare system was adopted by those opposing it (the conservative party), without a bloody revolution. The reason why even those opposed to it, the conservative party, who represented the affluent accepted and adopted the welfare system, was because they realised that if they did not do so, they would risk losing all in an uprising revolt which could have lead to even a communist system.
35. The Isokratic Revolution.
The one characteristic, which makes Isokratia different, is that it does not require a bloody revolution. At least in the present democratic countries, the people will simply give their vote to those who elect to engulf and adopt the Isokratic system. The rulers, party leaders, committees, and elected
members of parliaments will have to make a very simple choice. Adopt Isokratia and survive as a political person, party or organisation, or oppose Isokratia and be voted out. Not just voted out of office, but voted out of politics.
The beauty of the Isokratic system is that it can be as easily executed and implemented on a democratic system, as it can on a single party system, a totalitarian system, like the Chinese system. It is as equally easy to be practised and implemented, even in monarchic systems. The single party regimes, or the monarchy merely become the implementers and executors of the people’s wishes, in an Isokratic system, where the public votes on all issues.
If you like, in a small scale we see something similar to that effect in the Arab world, where the monarchy, through their preserved system of conduct, to their appointed representatives, grant the wishes of their public. By all means I do not favour a monarchic system, but I do believe, that even such systems which, for one reason or another, be it a religious, cultural or any other reason, may be presently prevented from sliding into a democratic system, can now move directly into an Isokratic system, whilst maintaining their present form of representation leadership.
If the public of a country, freely chooses to maintain a single party regime, or a Monarch, to represent them, then the public’s wishes, must be respected and accepted, by others with different views and opinions in the outside world as well as those inside that country. As long as the public freely chooses such a state, without any interference.
36. Who Will Be First
For sure all present Democratic systems, have certain advantages from their long time practises and experiences of the present form democracy. Present democratic countries have developed much more to the way of sharing “power” if you like. Even though I believe that they falsely claim their systems to be democratic. Present day democratic systems have the foundations to shift into full Isokratic states immediately. Which country will be the first to adopt and practise Isokratia is anybody’s guess for now.
Which political party will be the first to adopt Isokratia? How many new parties will spring up Under the Isokratia principle? How many of today’s parties which will oppose Isokratia will manage to survive? No one can guess. What I can guess with certainty is those who will adopt Isokratia will survive the political arena be it individuals or political parties; Politicians and political parties who oppose Isokratia risk removal from the leading political roles they may enjoy at present.
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37. Why Should Present Day Democracies Change To Isokratia
I ask in present day democratic countries; Who takes action, sets up rules and regulations, claiming to be on behalf of the public at large? Who decides who will be the leader of the party? Who decides who the ministers will be? Not the public at large. Political party members, through strict selections; through restrictions, through influences from above and within; through position bargaining. That is why democratic systems should change to Isokratic.
Only the few choose their leaders and the representatives and their ministers, and that is why the present democratic systems can be called “oligarchy”, where only the few hold power. Only those few, and even outsiders from the party, through their financial and political muscles, can affect this present oligarchic system, which is camouflaged under the name of democracy. It is not unusual in advanced democratic countries such as Britain, Germany, France, USA, to see huge amounts of money being donated in exchange for certain portfolios, for certain positions, be it ministerial positions, be it an ambassador, be it a business favour; sometimes even positions for members of parliament. That is why present systems must change to Isokratia
There are innumerable examples throughout the world. In many countries, I hear the Ambassador’s positions are good money-spinners for the election budgets. The Trade unions n the UK can influence not just policies of the Labour party but even the election of the leader of the Labour party which means the Prime Minister when the Labour Party wins the elections. In other countries business groups and finance influence the selection of a candidate and the election of President.
It is crystal clear as to who decides in present day democratic systems, which by default give their leaders, like presidents and prime ministers, total power. Absolute power, which allows them, to impose their opinion and will, upon their party members; As such it means the power to impose their wills, upon the public at large of a country. It is the president, or the Prime Minister, who appoints ministers. It is they, who can sack ministers. Very few ministers will risk their jobs, through contradicting their leaders who can sack and replace them more or less at will. This why change to Isokratia is needed.
There are examples where ministers have lost their jobs because of the influence of outside financial organisations, or groups, have on present form country leaders. Because of the threat of such financial organisations, and their direct or indirect impact, on the future electoral prospects of presidents, leaders or prime ministers, have asked or forced ministers to resign.
Always under the false pretence of lost employment, lost tax revenue, whilst the truth is the potential loss of donations to the election budgets. A classic example is that of the Carter administration in the USA, when the Minister of Health who was asked (forced) to resign, because he went against the tobacco industry in America. That is the power and force of the financial muscle that the tobacco industry had in America, during the Carter administration. The same act was repeated in the UK under, I believe the Major government. That is why Democracies need to convert to Isokratia.
Even members of parliament, belonging to a certain political party can have the views and wishes of their prime minister or president being imposed upon them, through the political party discipline machine. In England, the political party discipline machine is called ‘The Whip’. According to the importance of a matter being voted, the whips will send a single, double, or treble red line letter. A member of parliament in the UK, who dares abstain from voting, or vote against the party line, issued with a treble red line letter, risks being abandoned by the party, with the withdrawal of the whip. This why.
Although MPs, are supposed to be elected by the local area public and party members, party leaders and governing central committees, interfere and impose their choices. Even though MP’s are elected from their local constituencies, they are subject to the imposition of any prime minister’s, presidents or party leader’s wishes, to vote in a certain way, for or against a proposed law.
This is why I call today’s democratic systems elected, oligarchic dictatorships. That is why so often, political parties promise certain things during or prior to election periods, yet, once elected, they do exactly the opposite of what they have promised. The system allows them to abuse it. As long as the system allows it, politicians will be prone to abuse it. That is why Isokratia must come in and Democracy go out.
This is why; Because under Isokratia, such elected dictatorial acts would cease to exist. Under Isokratia, even with political parties involved, no official of a political party, pressure group, or committee of a political party, will ever have the power to impose their views, upon the elected members of parliament. Under Isokratia, all members will be elected by the Isokratic principles. All the party’s policies and proposals will be decided by the vote of all party members. Under Isokratia, all local areas /constituent’s members chosen to represent the party will be directly voted by the constituents without any interference from above.
Under the Isokratic system, members of parliament (IMPs), members of congress ( IMCs ), members of upper or lower houses, will have much more autonomy, if not absolute autonomy. Thus they will be able to truly represent their area’s interest. The interest of each MP’s constituent, will take priority over the interests of the party.
In years to come, once Isokratia develops, matures, evolves and adjusts, it could be, that we will see a world without political parties. We could develop into a political state, free of political parties, where we can see a world where the few will no longer be allowed, to have the means of gaining total control. A world where, in the absence of the means through a political party, no single person or group can amaze absolute powers. A new era system which will no longer make it possible for the few to legally impose their views, policies and wishes upon the people.
We must acknowledge and be grateful to the multi-party political system, which became the means to instigate democracy around the world. However, let’s face it. It is the same system, which allows elected oligarchic, dictatorial, absolute powers, to governing leaders and small groups, even though it is for fixed periods at a time. I believe that a new Isokratic system, will bring real happiness and co-existence in the world. A changed and improved world, where people will no longer feel others’ opinions, being imposed upon them.
38. The Shrinking Gap On Policies Between Opposing Political Parties
The low turn out in elections in democratic countries where voting is not compulsory, bears witness to the disillusion of the public. For the people know, that no matter who is voted to govern, they will soon forget their election pledges. The people have witnessed a world, where the differences between political parties are shrinking, because of the competition to win votes. We see the traditional right wing parties, pledging to have become the people’s champions, supporting policies for the low-income sectors. Simultaneously, we see traditional left wing parties, pledging to accommodate the business community and the well off, with promises of low taxes and tax evading loopholes.
Nothing wrong with such movements away from fanaticism in favour of one or another sector of the public. Nothing wrong, if such moves are genuine and followed upon. Every bit wrong though, because they are only for propaganda purposes, in the parties’ efforts to win votes. Every bit wrong though, because the parties do not follow such pledged, interests widening moves. The more such practices become common, the more the public becomes disillusioned and unwilling to be part of, so demonstrating with their absence from voting. The low turn outs bear witness to this.
39. The Disgrace Of Compulsory Voting
Systems, under which voting is compulsory, and even punishable, discuss me. Such states are a total disgrace to personal freedom, to individual liberty. Such regulations are pure acts of abuse of the individual’s human right of freedom and personal choice. Such imposing acts are examples of full oligarchic dictatorial behaviour; where the few politicians use the state’s laws, to force the public into an activity. Such acts, simply rape the inner soul of human integrity and individual liberty. As such they can not be called democratic acts.
How dare they call themselves democratic? How dare they call themselves protectors of the human rights? Where is the human right to exercise one’s own choice? Where is the individual’s right to exercise it’s personal wishes? Where is the liberty of the individual to choose whether to take part in voting or not? The whole meaning of democracy was for an individual to have the right to decide. The right to decide whether he wants to exercise his right to vote or not. Imposing by law, that such an individual has to show up and vote is in itself, a miss happening of democracy; An abuse of the democratic principle.
Let the politicians stop abusing the voter’s wishes and the voters will show up in masses at election times. Enable the voters to vote through alternative means from anywhere around the world and they will do so. And if some don’t show up to vote so be it. If some elect to abstain from voting on an issue let it be so. It is their choice. It is their human right to choose whether to vote on an issue or not.
40. You Can Contribute.
I believe Isokratia can be achieved easily. With this book of thoughts, I open the discussion and I invite everyone from anywhere around the globe, to join with their proposals. This is the first step; This I hope to be, just the basis of the system. I will welcome suggestions, proposals, ideas, constructive criticisms, and contributions from anyone around the world; Poor, rich, short, tall, fat, skinny, white, black, whatever religion or race, everyone is welcome to contribute for the improvement of these Isokratic thoughts. I will work with everybody, on the detail for the enhancement of the foundations. On how to build up the detailed workings, which can make the mechanics of Isokratia easily implementable, for the benefit of mankind around the world.
Today, the technological advancements, enable all of us, to share and that is why, I welcome any suggestions through the Internet, through the Isokratic newsletter membership; through discussion groups, which you could set up across the world. I would encourage all of you, to set up your own discussion groups and send your combed and finalised suggestions, proposals or criticisms over the Internet. I will study your suggestions within my time frame limitations.
In future, maybe through a committee panel or through conventions around the world, suggestions will be accepted and embedded in the next book issue on Isokratia. Subscribe to the Isokratia newsletter and follow the developments of which you can be part of. You can subscribe to the Isokratia email newsletter by visiting the web side at www.isokratia.com or by writing to:…. for the postal newsletter.
Due to time limitations and my involvement in other matters, the time I have given to this matter, I don’t believe to be enough. I hope in the near future, that I will be able to concentrate and dedicate more of my time, to developing and perfecting this system. Of course, a single person can perfect no such system, and that is why I invite all of you and any of you, who believe may be able to contribute, to do so by sending your proposals, your suggestions. Form your own groups. Introduce Isokratia to your affiliated organisation, group or political party.
41. Contribute By Spreading The Word
Do so by spreading the word, by participating, by contributing in any way you can. Again I advocate, it would be good if you could form discussions groups. It can be the group of some friends. The group of a neighbourhood, a village and so on. Please do so. I don’t have to be involved; I can not be involved with all. Take Isokratia and develop it further. Again note that your suggestions may become the inspiration for a further expansion and development of the Isokratia thought. This is how our world has advanced. The present generation takes and advanced the developments of the previous generations.
I believe that the Isokratia system could give euphoric feeling to the public of each country. A great feeling that they truly belong to that country; That they are truly a part of what is going on in their country and around the world. The great satisfaction that their opinion matters. That there voice matters. I would not be surprised if such feelings, even result in the reduction of crime and abuse, as people feel more respected, more accepted; As people begin to feel as though they are not imposed upon. Many will feel, that they can contribute, and as such will feel that they belong to. That they are part of everyday activities, in the governing of their country, their neighbourhoods, and their local authorities.
42. Blame Each Other's Self Not The Politicians
The most common comment now a day, is that people do not trust politicians. I can not trust the politicians. Even politicians now admit that the public do not trust their decisions. Why? Because once elected, the politicians can do as they please in the pretence of doing so, in the interest of the public. Well, it is time for the public to take control and count their say in what is to their interest. It is time to stop blaming the politicians, by exercising our right of equal opinion and say in each and every governing issue. When the decision making power is passed directly to the public through Isokratia, no one will ever be able to say again that they don't trust the politicians.
43. Claim Your Rights
Under Isokratia, sexual, racial, religious and social equality could develop to a near ultimate state. People will learn to be equal, to respect each other’s opinion and wishes, irrespective of status, sex, race or religion.. We only have to look around, to see if sections of our societies, such as women, enjoy equal say, under the present oligarchicly governed, democratic system.
Under the present systems, women were not even allowed to vote, until recently. In some countries, they still have no voting rights. Even at the most advanced democracies of the world, we cannot claim that women have an equal say in the governing of their countries. Just look around and study the proportional statistics. How many women members of parliaments, congress, or any other government institutions are there? How many women prime ministers, or presidents are there? How many women chair governing committees? How many women ministers, or secretaries of state are there? How many women ambassadors?
I have seen women in committee actions and when compared, they can outrun, by far, many males in all aspects, such as constructive innovation and effort input. I don’t claim that all women are fit to be leaders, but the same I claim to be true of males. I don’t claim that every one has been born with, or come to acquire the same knowledge and expertise. I claim though that every one, has the right to participate in the governings of their lives.
44. Don't Blame Others
In a great majority, and if you like because of either human nature, or present culture, one of the most common phrases used in situations where something goes wrong is, ? is not my fault?; ?is not our fault?. The phrase is even more widely used when it comes to the governings of a country. Up until now, the false impression is that everything can be blamed upon the politicians; This mental approach, makes the majority of the citizens feel completely indifferent. This is a big contributor factor, to the extremely low turnaround during voting times, in democratic countries, where voting is not compulsory.
With Isokratia the citizens of each country, would no longer have the excuse of claiming that is not their fault; If you like of washing their hands by claiming not to be their fault. Blaming the politicians or anyone else, will no longer be an option, nor an excuse. The public will realise, that they have to exercise their power of decision-making and that part of any blame, in fact the whole of the blame, would lie with them. It will be the fault of all of us as voting citizens, because the citizen?s decision will be part of the governings.
This realisation will help all citizens, to contribute the necessary thought behind their voting. The citizens will invest the necessary thought required, as it will no longer be the fault of the politicians; Because the politicians will only be the executioners of the citizens decisions. The voters will no longer be able to blame any one else.
45. Isokratia And The Involvement Of The Individual Persons.
Under Isokratia, there is an incentive, and a sense of belonging, as everyone is truly taking part. For these individual persons, will feel obliged to be involved more and more in society; be it the law enforcement of the country, the cleanliness of a their local area, education, foreign policy, or any other issues.
People will feel part of the system, because they will be the bearers of the system; The decision makers of the system. This is why, I truly believe, that all of you, and I know you can, you can subscribe, you can contribute your ideas and thoughts towards perfecting Isokratia. You can help bring about, an effective implementation and may indicate smooth and rapid ways to implement and enhance the Isokratic system.
We will need funds to get to those who are out of reach, those without Internet access. We could though achieve to reach these people without having to spend the money on postings. Perhaps groups of you, could be organised, to lobby for free postage of the postal newsletter, to whoever subscribes from around the world who do not have the means to cover the postal cost. I am sure if gained, such acts will not bankrupt, the rich postal organisations around the world. Such achievements will be heroic and a milestone in the spreading of Isokratia and the further advancement of human civilisation.
Promote the Isokratia principle through any political party you may be a member. Persuade your party to adopt the Isokratic system. You have every right to do so. Such adoption by political parties will be the fastest way towards the adoption of Isokratic system. Your party may be in danger of being wiped out if it does not engulf and adopt the Isokratia system.
46. Attitudes Have Change And Will Continue To Change
In today’s society, fortunately not every one is governed by greed. We see that teachers being happy to get on with their life knowing they will not become multi millionaires. We witness many others both skill and unskilled employees and managers enjoying their jobs, enjoying their contribution to society, as long as they make a reasonable living. We see the farmer who farms at an unprofitable level; if such a farmer was to offer his labour in the open market, he could be earning much more in financial rewards than the farming offers him. Yet, he does it because that is what pleases him.
We see the nurses, the caring professionals, who put in unbelievable hours of work, restricting their personal enjoyment and free time, in favour of taking care of those in need. The world has changed; attitudes have changed; attitudes are changing and will continue to change for the best. Once security and acceptance is gained, we could develop into even higher standards, not governed by greed.
Despite the continuous negative proclaims from today’s media, which compete through which one will shock us more to attract us, with the nasty events around us, the world today, is a better place to live in. Despite all our human imperfections, as humans we managed to make our living more civilised, more comfortable. The world is advancing and it is moving rapidly away from the principles of egoism, selfishness, self-interest; away from the principles of the “survival of the fittest”. The world is moving closer by the day, towards the common interests; towards the shared values; towards respect and acceptance of each other’s rights.
This is the precise reason why a new system, such as the Isokratic system, is urgently required; A new system to match the emerging behaviour of today’s and future generations; a system to match the collective behaviour; to match the sharing behaviour; the caring behaviour, for each other, whether that other is of the same status, race, nationality, religion or not.
47. The Way Forward. The Move Towards Isokratia Global
I believe that the principles of the Isokratic system, in an open society, provide the share values, which will hold a global community together, much better, much more effectively, than today’s fragile global connections. Presently, there is no global political system, to serve the needs of the global human society, nor the global free market system. Events now, make such an Isokratic global system, absolutely desirable, for we have seen how present form national governments abuse their entrusted powers.
The countries, which everyone looks to now, as the leaders of our world, such as the United States of America, must take the lead in laying the foundations, for a global Isokratic system. Such countries will be the first to gain, from a global political system of Isokratia. A tremendous opportunity, lay in the paths of today’s advanced western societies. The opportunity to lead the way forward, towards a better society of tomorrow, through the adoption of the Isokratia.
We find that countries of the world, not to just abuse their own powers in relation to their own citizens, but also in relation to the other states. Although under the democratic system, the principle is supposed to be a self-society, the state today rules society, instead of serving society. The state, instead of being there, to meet the people’s needs, it gives priority to the state’s needs and the re-elections. Under today’s democratic systems, all collective decision-making is taken by the states, regardless of the trends and opinions of people, unless it is a vote gaining policy.
What is appropriate, should be decided by the people, not by the state, and this is exactly what Isokratia offers; Decision-making by the people, not by the state. If you like, the present democratic system, lacks a very vital element, and that is the element, of how the decisions are reached. How the decisions are reached, should be governed by a constitution which gives the decision making to the citizens, not to the few elected representatives.
48. The Coming Of Isokratia
Isokratic national, local and global society will be brought into existence by the people at large, not by governmental organisations. The people, through their votes, will force states to co-operate. Public opinion and civil society will impose their wishes, on the states through the ballots. In democratic systems, politicians respond to popular demand. Popular demand by the citizens will be expressed through the citizen’s votes and will force the politicians to act, to bring about the Isokratic system, in both the local, national and international arena.
New political formations and parties will emerge under the Isokratic umbrella and claim the votes of the people. Existing parties would change and adopt the Isokratic policies, or face extinction. In an inevitable flow, these formations and parties will become the ones to pass the decision making on the citizens hands.
I believe, that due to both the political, as well as the civil advancement our society has seen, human behaviour advanced and moved rapidly away from the doctrine’s of Darwinism, Laissez Faire, and geopolitics, which are based upon the survival of the fittest to be the rule of nature. We only have to look around and will see that this is indeed the case. From the simple behaviour of those who enjoy life at its simplest and natural behaviour.
We see charity organisations, to grow from strength to strength and deliver unprecedented relief, to those in need around the globe. We see one country’s population, rally with their generous donations, towards the relief of human tragedies experience in another country. Many times such organisations even individuals, may offer much more than the governments of their country The governments may impose certain conditions before they release help or even demand certain favours back. Whilst the charity organisations and the individuals offer their help without any conditions without any demands for favour exchanges.
This behaviour is extending from community to region, from region to country and from country to the globe now. We are fast moving towards the formation of global society, which corresponds to the global economy. This certainly is one of the requirements for a global political system, such as Isokratia. We are moving fast to a global society where the principles of national sovereignty are diminishing.
Under the present system, we know that the interests of a state, do not necessarily coincide with the interests of other states; Very often the interests of the states, do not even coincide with the interests of their own citizens. This was the result of the doctrine of the survival of the fittest.
We are now fast moving to an era, where we would all have to be involved, in global co-operation. As global co-operation becomes more and more a necessity, the doctrine of the survival of the fittest will keep diminishing. The need for a global advanced system is heightened, day by day.
The state is there to meet the peoples’ needs. People have needs, which they cannot meet on their own. The states should never be allowed to be in charge of all collective decisions. We have seen how the states come to abuse their decision-making powers, with pressures from pressure groups and their actions led by their continuous fight for votes. The people, not the state, should decide what is appropriate for the people.
The world has advanced to a stage, where it has to be decided and regulated, on how decisions are taken, especially collective decisions. I believe that collective decisions should be governed by a constitution. This would eliminate today’s present system flaws, which put the state beyond the reach of the law. It is in today’s system, that the states continuously abuse their power in relation to their own citizens, on the name of their own citizens.
In the past, many people who have vehemently defended their own freedom and human rights, in their own country, contradicted their actions and principles; when asked to interfere in the safeguarding of the same human rights, of citizens in a far away country, they fail to respond. With the globalisation of our world, we see the beginning of a voluntary code of contact, between the global societies. Voluntary organisations, have laid the foundations for global co-operation, where the interests of citizens in other parts of the world, have become the interest of citizens in another country. This is another example of another reason why the Isokratia system needs to be adopted in the national as well as the international arena.
2nd July 2003
49. Globo Phobics Or Control-Phobics
I ask those Globo-Phobics, to take another look before they come down fighting against globalisation. Do they really fear Globalisation, or do they fear the global manipulation by the few? Are they really against global cooperation and development? Or are they just against the use of globalisation, as a cover for being taken over and directly or indirectly controlled by the few of today’s powerful states or organisations.
Isokratia can and will alleviate such fears. For a Global Isokratic system will eliminate the possibilities, of being taken over directly or indirectly by one supper power or even a group of supper powers. Under the global Isokratic system, the Global citizens will have control of the decision-making. The local governments and individual states would just be the executioners of the decisions of the Global citizens.
National relations are fast being laid down and confined to relations between people, instead of what it used to be, between states. Society is rapidly mobilising and imposing their principles and code of contacts and behaviour, forcing states to follow the same principles. Yes we still have a long way to go. At least the process has begun from the bottom ( from the people) travelling upwards to the top. Isokratia can help us get there faster.
Although we lack the rule of international law, it is fast becoming a reality too. We have seen how global co-operation, against drug trafficking and international crime, is becoming more and more effective as it’s practice is spread. Voluntary organisations, such as the ecological groups of various countries have began to affect the decision making in various states. Medical organisations, coming together to fight diseases spreading world wide.
Looking into the Global aspect of Isokratia I believe is a necessity and the last chapter of the Isokratic thoughts will cover what I call Global Isokratia.
Would there be a role under the Isokratia system, for the Monarchy, or in a monarchical system, i.e. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, ( I don’t mention the British, Swedish or other non power exercising Monarchs which bear no decision making powers); or even a totalitarian closed society system, such as the present Chinese. The answer is yes, or at least it could be. Isokratia can even operate under such systems. If the national culture, religious requirements, or other justifiable constraints, or any other reason in a country, requires a monarchic system to be left in place and act as the executive representative of the people’s votes and decisions, then I see no problem in operating Isokratia within such a system; As long, as the decision making is passed to the citizens. As long as the monarchic families do not interfere; as long as they have no interfering powers.
The question is, will such autocrats or dictatorial regimes, hand over the reigns of power to their citizens? Never has such an event happened, without a fight from the public at large. A transition, however at this present day and time, need not take the form of a bloody revolution. A transition can be achieved, with a negotiated smooth handing over of the decision making power, to the citizens. If the people of a country, freely and voluntarily elect with their voting, to have a monarch, or single party committee, as their executive representatives, then so be it; as long as that decision has been reached freely and voluntarily. The whole essence of Isokratia is to respect people’s wishes and decisions.
It could be, that the governing bodies of such monarchical or single party regimes would adopt Isokratia, by seeing it as the only way of their survival. The alternative will be, that popular uprising will evict them from their governing roles. Face with such alternative, they will be wise to promote Isokratia.
Such acts would not be first happenings. Many of today’s advanced democratic political parties have adopted, reforms they were totally opposed to, only because the alternative would have meant they lost all privileges. In mind comes the conservative party in the UK, when they adopted the welfare system in the early 1900 years; not because they supported it at the time, but because the alternative could have been communism.
I admit, that more thought is required on this matter in relation to monarchic and totalitarian regimes. However, as an initial state, if the people’s desire is for representative monarchy, then why not? As long as the decision-making is passed down to the citizens, whatever formation, figure, or form takes the representing head of a state, it does not matter. All that matters is that the citizens of such a state, have the absolute power of the decision-making.
51. How each one of you can Contribute to the Isokratia thoughts!
Those of you who agree with the principle of the Isokratia thoughts, and will like to become part of, with your contribution, you can do so free, in various ways. Developing the Isokratia idea further and spreading the word, is the greatest and ultimate contribution you can make. You can contribute by dedicating time and effort, for the adoption, expansion, completion and establishment of the Isokratia as the new socio governing system in your country.
A great way you can contribute, is by subscribing to the free, Isokratia newsletter. You can contribute, by merely subscribing and without even having to pay a subscription fee. The electronic newsletter is totally free by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we ever manage to publish a paper version, the postal version for those without Internet access, carries a printing, postal and administration charge.
You can contribute by offering your thoughts and proposals to specific areas you feel you have the ability or expert input. Any well-thought-out idea, or suggestion, is welcome from anyone. You don’t have to be a professor, to contribute an idea, a thought. The best ideas of course, are always derived, from the combined efforts of heart and mind. Lets not forget, that the mother of all invention drives, is necessity.
You can contribute by sharing your ideas and thoughts. It could be that your thought may provoke an expansion upon it by someone else. However do not rely on me. Set up your own discussion groups and forums and advanced Isokratia in your area. To those who may like to share your ideas and thoughts with me, send me your thoughts on email@example.com or by post if have no access to the internet.
When submitting such ideas and thoughts, I beg that you keep them as short and as precise as possible, to reduce the cost and time of examining the content. If you have an idea, discuss it with someone else, or in a discussion group. Refine it, then submit it. I can only promise to examine as many as it is humanly possible for me within my limitations. If the volume is beyond me, I will try and get volunteers and if need be, hire paid assistance, to help examine your suggestions as early as possible. Contributing by spreading the thoughts of Isokratia is the ultimate contribution.
Even better though, you can set up your own discussion groups, and develop Isokratia further, promote Isokratia to your area independently of any involvement by me. If your response determines it and means facilitate it, there should be Isokratia group web sides in every language, for each of you to work independently.
If you can afford it, and you so feel like it, you can also contribute with your financial contribution. If you believe that Isokratia offers value for many, feel free to subscribe your financial contribution whatever amount that may be. You will find how to in the Isokratia web side www.isokratia.com .
However, if you have no access to the Internet and if you are unable to meet the financial requirements, for the postal newsletter, do not worry. We will endeavour to post you all, free copies by finding sponsors to cover the postal and administration expense. Those who can financially contribute, extra on a voluntary basis, or sponsor local areas, and poor regions, will help us distribute to those without financial means. You can contribute by finding us such sponsors as well. Such sponsors can be your employer, your friends your local organisations and so on. Just direct them to the web side www.isokratia.com to make their contribution direct. Even easier you can undertake to distribute the Isokratia newsletter in hard copies to those without access to the internet in your areas.
How to subscribe to the Isokratia newsletter? If you read this on a computer and have internet access then click on this link, firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the Isokratia side at www.isokratia.com .You can also find how to subscribe, to the Isokratia newsletter at the back of this book. For postal mailing subscription you can send your request to whatever current address is published at the web side.
Spreading the word, developing Isokratia further, is the greatest contribution one can make. Putting forward your suggestions for improvement, for enhancement of the Isokratia thought, is the golden, the optimum, the ultimate contribution. Informing your friends and contacts. Making them aware of the Isokratia thoughts. Asking your friends to contribute to the newsletter, which costs nothing, will give us marketing power, to gain financial advantages, to spread the word, to reach those unable to access the book, by the internet.
We need people, or the finance, to translate into all other languages. You can become a sponsor or you can persuade some one to sponsor such an activity. If you have the linguistic knowledge, you can contribute by offering to translate into your mother or another language.
You can contribute by lobbying your local and central governments representatives to adopt the Isokratia thoughts. You can contribute by helping your political party, to adopt the Isokratia decision sharing principle. You can contribute, by campaigning for the acceptance of the Isokratia thoughts. Fighting from within a political party or other organisation for the adoption of Isokratia is a fast track action.
If you are a party activist you could be doing your political party a big favour by proposing to your political party to adopt the Isokratic system; for if your opposing party adopts Isokratia first your party may for be push to the sidelines for ever. That is exactly what happened in the early 19th century to the then governing Liberal party in England when it fail to adopt the new social policies which would have engulfed the Trade Unions. The Labour party came in and adopted these social policies. As a result even after nearly a century later the Liberal party in Britain is still today a minority party; whilst are back in power with landslide majority.
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