Thirsty for democracy? Then we have the prize for you!
Our next #EuropeTogether event in collaboration with FEPS will be hosting a beer mat competition.
Add your thoughts on Democracy in the comments, make sure they’re not longer than 140 characters, and follow the event on June 29 to see if your quote will be printed on beer mats and be seen by all the participants!
Vote on the best quote, and encourage your friends to register and vote, too, because that’s how the winner will be selected. We’re talking about democracy, after all!
Of course, we’ll make sure the winner gets some to share with friends as well.
Competition ends on June 27 at 12.00 CET.
We know very well the complexity of political representation in Democracy but the actual systems don´t answer to the political values of Persons: Liberty and her dear friend Responsibility! We must change the system of representation, more or less easily manipulated by the power of few (oligarchies) with a deeply division of powers. So we must create a strong base of participation of Persons before, during and after elections for anarchists don´t have reason: «the vote it´s the arm of People. Don´t vote for You don´t lost your arm» Before elections and during elections many democracies in the World don´t have primaries (freedom of choice candidates to representatives and programs), open lists (freedom of choice representatives), clear duties by clear programs voted by themes, one vote equal to all votes (national electoral circles) et cetera After elections representatives have to much power without control, without a strong responsibility, situation that we must change (intercalary evaluation of duties by Persons that implicate potential lost of representation if not respect promises, referendum for important changes ex post et cetera) We have more and more strong Persons with strong personalities that can participate in a Deeply Democracy and innovated means for participation, but oligarchies don´t like changes because implicate more complexity in it hard work of manipulation (with the control of media, education et cetera). So we must create a more and more complex system of representation to turn more and more complex oligarchies take the control of the power of Persons to a better World included to oligarchies :-). Trump and Brexit are good examples: the simplification of the systems create a strong and intolerable ambiguity; Trump was elected by a minority, and many Persons that voted in him, probably don´t agree with many decisions of him horrible Administration of USA; what was the real support of Brexit? A complex theme don´t have a complex referendum… Populism is a manifestation of a not Deeply Democracy… We Socialists and Democrats must contribute to great chances that turn Democracy more strong and protected of the strong threats that appear all days in all World, with tyranies and oligarchies installed in democracies! As the great Portuguese poete Luís Vaz de Camões said in XVI Century after Jesus Christ: «Mudam-se os tempos, mudam-se as vontades, Muda-se o ser, muda-se a confiança: Todo o mundo é composto de mudança, Tomando sempre novas qualidades.» And International Hymn said: «(…) No more rights without their duties, no more duties without their rights (…)» Love and Liberty will prevail over tyranny!
During 2011 – 2014 Portugal was victim of a so-called “bailout” supported by a conservative government. The austerity measures – cutting salaries and pensions in almost 30% – dictated the greatest unemployment and recession in 40 years of democracy. Also, 5% of the population, notably the most qualified generation of young professionals, emigrated to other european countries. Despite this, public debt and deficit reached record highs. Millions of families faced poverty even when both adults had jobs! (unheard of in developed countries), while the corrupt government used the cuts to increase the wealth of millionaires. The dramatic situation lasted a whole mandate, but elections in 2015 resulted in a social oriented government, who is basically doing the opposite: reverting cuts to salaries and pensions and investing in health and education. Today, Portugal is one of the most stable, progressive and democratic states in Europe. Moreover, deficit is record low, economy is growing and we are becoming a reference for Democratic Socialism. Please, take a look at what’s happening now in our country.
We need in UK to get away from the first past the post voting system – we have proportional representation in EU elections which is a fairer reflection of the views of the electorate. When it comes to local and general elections it is more likely that people voted tactically to oppose the candidate who they really do not want – thus frequently voting positively for who they really do want. This system I believe is what makes voters feel that they have little or no effect on the outcome.