Today, individual citizens are not in a position to have a decisive influence on political debates. They relinquish their right to co-determination every four years with their ballot paper. Dissatisfaction with this is growing.
The only exception: those who have sufficient time and money
The very idea of democracy – a government of the people for the people – has failed in the eyes of many citizens. It does not seem that the current government still represents the will of the people. As a result, radical fringe groups are beginning to establish themselves as oppositions.
A labyrinth in the light of transparency
A few actors make political decisions in our country. Among them are unelected officials and consultants in corresponding positions or professional lobbyists – even the elected politicians seem to be puppets of an independent system. But: In contrast to the analogue age, roped parties are now becoming visible. The best example of this is the Wikileak affair. And the institution of the Abgeordnetenwatch puts many a party in need of explanation.
The hope of the powerless
When utopians call for a digital democracy, this is no less than the claim to real participation in the true sense of democracy. Nevertheless, it amounts to the greatest political revolution of all times.
Today, digitisation provides the opportunity to break up structures that have been dominant for decades! The unfulfilled dream that the people will determine the debates could come true today. A utopia that wants to become reality.
Citizens can now check how seriously politicians take their promises. Dishonesty, manipulation and one-sided representations of the media become visible.
Authenticity is the magic word of the hour – also for politics. Anyone who wants to stay in the game in business and politics today must become radically transparent. He must become authentic and reveal his true motives.
The Arab Spring has given us a realistic impression of how protests can be organized with mobile phones and social media.
Global networking has already massively changed people’s lives. So it is conceivable that one day a power struggle between a democratic leadership and a fluid, mobile and leaderless social network will be fought here too.
The question arises whether a democracy should use the same means to protect the elected government as a dictatorship?
The ability to obtain opinions directly is a function that is particularly useful for the democratic process.
Does not everyone who opposes such use reveal themselves to be anti-democrats? Doesn’t such an approach contradict the principle of democracy in its purest form? Is it not like the incapacitation of the people to negate these possibilities? A democratic government that is not open to digitisation is taking itself ad absurdum and will inevitably sink and become a rigid dictatorship.
A key feature of digitisation is that it is global. That is why – in the long term – it will not respect national borders. No nation state will be able to permanently stand up to a global movement.
The nation-states themselves could perish
At a time when online groupings have access to the entire digital world and its tools, there is no reasonable reason why people should not connect in a digital state.
If such important issues – such as marine pollution and climate change – were to be determined, why should this be limited to local politics?
Not if – but when
The first institutions are forming to unhinge the old order. Already today everyone – regardless of their nationality – can become a citizen of the world state “bitnation”. This state intends to organize all the benefits of a social state digitally and globally. Block chaining and digital currencies open up unprecedented possibilities.
Transparency? Only one mouse click away!
Further networks are preparing to bring down the old order. For example, Congresspedia – now Open Congress – was one of the first platforms on which volunteers could post information about draft laws, political donations and the like – comparable to Wikipedia. Proxy Democracy is a similar website where the misconduct of large corporations is made public.
What can existing “players” do to remain “players”?
The crazy news is that they have to become “themselves” in order to stay and survive. Mindfulness, authenticity and the ability to resonate are the tools to stay in the game.
“Player” remains who has a sincere core instead of a strategy
Digitisation calls on governments to listen better to citizens in the future, as this is where policy ideas are developed that have exceptional potential. Political concepts have also become “disruptive”.
Tomorrow’s voters can no longer be reached with local party associations, PR campaigns and advertising of all kinds
If you want to stay in politics, you have to get into the resonance society. He himself must become part of the resonance society. The spiritual home will become more important than party affiliation in order to be elected.
Great opportunities lie in the crisis
Politicians could make their work more global, honest and responsible in the future. In politics, too, there should be a shift from the struggle for power to authentic values. Gone are the days when secret agreements were made in political back rooms.
Media are today – through mobile devices – continuously present
Today, voters can check at any time how exactly a politician means by keeping the promises he has made.
The mindfulness movement reaches the political arena
In the long term, only those politicians who authentically stand for their values will remain on the field. They too must – like every other individual – listen to themselves and find out who they are – what they truly want to stand for.
The times when politicians could pretend to be credible are over. We are entering a new age – in all areas of our lives and especially in politics.
Digitalisation can lead us out of a capitalist order that separates people into the powerful and the powerless.