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Representative democracy is a delusion and has failed us. Citizens can only truly represent themselves, whereas elected "representatives" typically become the creatures of party machines and big business.
Instead, we need a direct democracy. We citizens must demand the power to requisition binding referenda (to be held following a full debate in media which are legally bound to give equal space to supporters and opponents of any proposition) on any proposal which we have first persuaded a reasonable number of people to sign up to.Michael McCarthy, 13 years ago.