Old Internet Democracy Resolution

Old Resolution

This is my orginal resolution. I've added the numbers to simplify discussion.

  1. Whereas the convention process severely limits debate of policy resolutions due to time restrictions and the number of people that need to be accommodated,

  2. Whereas the delegate system does a poor job of representing the membership because only delegates who can afford the time and money can attend and delegates selected by a member can, at best, only approximate the member's views,

  3. Whereas using a "one member, one vote" system similar to the one that is being used for electing our leader is not practical for policy resolutions because it would be to difficult to have a full debate and hear all sides of the issues by depending on the media, mailings and occasional meetings,

  4. Whereas the representative democracy we have now was not possible without the printing press and other communication technology, which is required to provide enough information for voters to make their decisions,

  5. Whereas the development of the Internet is a great leap in communication technology because, unlike older technology where only a relative few people could present their view to a wide audience, anyone can freely present their views to anyone else,

  6. Whereas the development of the Internet will allow a much greater degree of participatory democracy then was possible before, because everyone can equally and easily contribute to the debate and it makes the logistics of voting much simpler,

  7. Whereas the NDP should retake the leadership in party democracy after it has fallen behind as the fourth out of the five major national parties to adapt one member-one vote to chose the party leader,

  8. Whereas it is inevitable that the Internet will become the primary forum for political discussion and decision making, because it is a vastly superior means of conducting democracy,

  9. Therefore be it resolved that the NDP establish a Internet based forum for discussion open to party members to participate in and non-members to view,

  10. Be it further resolved that this forum attempt to resolve the conflict between keeping discussion on topic and civil and the principle of freedom of speech by using the idea of "a place for everything, and everything in it's place",

  11. Be it further resolved that this forum can submit resolutions to future conventions the have been approved by more then 50% of the participants,

  12. Be it further resolved that a volunteer committee be established to operate the Internet site and to develop any custom software needed, which shall be released under an open source license,

  13. Be it further resolved that this forum shall be designed to replace policy conventions and become the primary decision making body for the party once the system is working effectively and Internet is in wide enough use.

Darwin O'Connor doconno@gmail.com