What is wrong with Representative Democracy is the fact of representation
itself. It introduces a cost of agency, because all representative
agents are conflicted between acting on behalf of their constituents versus
acting in their own self interests, which are often in contention.
A plebiscitary is a government without representatives, where the electorate
themselves vote on issues of importance, rather than leaving it up to a
representative to hopefully act on their behalf on a litany of political
A simple majority is agreement by just barely over half those polled: 50+1%. A
supermajority is significantly higher, often 66% (2 to 1 majority) or even 75%
(3 to 1). The word democracy literally means government by the people, so the
more people are actually in agreement on governing policies, the more
democratic those policies are.
What is more dangerous than letting a supermajority of citizens decide for
themselves what should be their laws, is letting a minority of special
interests manipulate the government, creating legislation beneficial only to
that minority, at the expense of us all.
Minority rights are enshrined in the Bill of Rights which act as a check on
the power of government, the power of the majority that (should) directs that
government. Inalienable rights are defendable in court against
unconstitutional acts of governments, already, and will continue to be under
plebiscitary democracy. More robust judicial review prior to proposed
bills becoming laws can help to eliminate the costly inefficiencies of having
to challenge unconstitutional legislation after it has been passed. No
conceivable majority would be able to vote away the inalienable rights of any
The voting system being promoted here would be accessible on modern smart
phones, would require 3 point biometric identification login and would have
end-to-end encryption, and this more secure than what is now being used for
world wide financial transactions. Additionally, a block-chain style of
database backup could be used, keeping the entire vote-chain copied to
millions of devices (like with bitcoin).
All laws created before plebiscitary democracy would have to be ratified by
the new supermajority of plebiscitarians, because far too many laws now have
been passed by minority interests which the majority did not support and would
not support in a plebiscitary democracy.
Primary legislation are Acts of government, laws created by governments.
Secondary legislation is interpreting how best to effect primary legislation.
In plebiscitary democracy, primary legislation is passed only by
supermajority, but secondary legislation can be generated by qualified public