It’s election time in France. We’re going to elect a new president in a few months.
What is it for? Are things going to change if we elect the “right” president? It seems to me current political systems are broken in fundamental ways.
The society seems to be geared towards even more power distributed to a select few, reinforced by powerful lobbies and strategic alliances between those who detain political power and those who detain economic and financial power. These people, no matter which political party they’re from, support the system and the system supports them. Their interests are simply not aligned with the interests of the nation anymore. Politics place their friends on top of the biggest companies, where they make sure that nothing changes and that a ever-growing part of the pie comes back to them.
I’m going to vote, but with no convictions things will change this time.
Politics are broken.
Can it be changed with the “right” candidate? Will someone magically have the good ideas that will make sure banks are not going to misuse public money, that wealth redistribution happens, that it’s not only the rich who become richer? That proper incentives are put in place so that citizens are motivated to find work and not to rely on public aid when they’re able to work?
I’m not sure it has to do with the right candidate, and it has more to do with a power redistribution back to citizens. Oil & gas lobbies make sure nothing happens that would be against their interests, finance lobbies do the same. Who has the more money wins. Power is distributed in the hands of a happy few.
What can we do? I think here too, Internet and entrepreneurs hold a part of the solution. We’re about to invent new ways to re-imagine politics and how it connects citizens together. Internet, social networks and online communities are in their infancy, but tremendous potential lies there, and waits to be exploited.
Fire the politics. Or at least, redistribute power.
What if people could form small groups of interest, lobbying for the causes they identify with? What if decisions were more democratically taken, and not defined by who gave more money to a few influential politics? What if data about campaigning and current issues was immediately accessible to anyone? The Big Data trend is going to tap into this, and there’s potential for major disruption.
I’ve recently discovered some startups are starting to address these problems. YouLobby, for example, proposes to “reinvent democracy” by giving its users the possibility to make propositions, follow them and vote them (in the United States).
We live in interesting times. What are your ideas to reinvent politics?