[Posted in off topic, because I think discussions about it will be, but I also think this article may have important lessons for SAFEnetwork in terms of both democratising Apps and indeed it’s own governance - so I encourage anyone interested in these to read it, and perhaps start some “on topics” to discuss implications for apps and SAFEnetwork (you can use “Reply on new topic” to do this).
I’ve been so unhappy with the UK system and the way it is being corrupted lately (as is the US, and indeed the EU) that I’ve seen proportional representation as an important step forward. But after reading this, not so much!
The following (old) article by Karl Popper argues that PR is to be avoided because it will entrench parties even more, discourage them from being open to change and new ideas, and remove accountability of elected representatives to their constituency - in fact making them entirely accountable to party and not their electorate.
Popper argues that democracy is good only in so far as it has, inadvertently, created a system that allows bad leaders to be removed without recourse to bloodshed and revolution. Really, he says, this, and not “rule of the people” (or rather rabble), should be the fundamental aim of any system of government, and that it should be made impossible to subvert this, including by popular vote. We can see how this has been subverted and turned democracies into de facto dictatorships or oligarchies such as Zimbabwe, Russia, and - gradually - even the UK where incremental changes are being made to make it harder and harder for us to elect anyone but the Conservatives ever again (even though 67% of us, or thereabouts, did not vote for them).
I think I’m now with Jeremy Corbyn that any change should retain the representative part of UK democracy, but soon any attempts to improve it may become impossible.