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Climate Camp’s direct democracy for direct action: not far enough

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Halina Ward argues that online voting illustrates some of the problems with simple direct democracy, including an absence of informed and accountable processes.

Her comments also draw on a talk by Liam Taylor of Climate Camp at a Compass conference session – Radical Democracy and Imagination: “I think we should worry less about the intricacies of voting systems and more about creating meaningful democratic experiences … [it is rather] a process, a movement. … [where] landscapes of power are in some way transformed by the collective action of ordinary people.

Halina Ward

FDSD, August 2009

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