The advancement in technology today certainly allows us to scrap the Republican form of government with pretend representation of the people by career politicians. There is no reason we cannot vote from home on every bill and that no bill may be merged with any other subject matter. There should be no sneaking spending for military tucked inside a Clean Water Act. Direct Democracy can work ONLY if it respects a Bill of Rights that precludes SOCIALISM no matter how noble the goals. It must also EXCLUDE all legislation to do with religious morals so no outlawing abortion or even prostitution no matter how much it will offend some. Do not forget that if another religious group gets control, they will reverse it and retaliate against their opposition. No law will EVER eliminate either action and the most one can do is to restrict where it is and require a license to ensure it is conducted in a safe environment and leave God to judge.
Every tourist who has ventured to Amsterdam visits the famous red light district where girls are in shop windows typically wearing bathing suits (not naked). The street is packed probably with 99% tourists rather than customers, but it is famous, safe for both the people and the girls, and certainly a curiosity. They are not walking down the streets as they still do in LA, New York, Chicago, or Boston. Girls are not abducted and forced into prostitution. There have been movies on that subject like TAKEN, which are very real.
I have often told the story about flying back from London with my girlfriend into JFK and I went to the curb waiting for the car and she went to the bathroom. There was a very famous Supermodel I did not know at the time standing there and she started to chat. I had flown in on the Concord and she knew that but she had stiletto high-heels and a very short leather mini-skirt. I did not notice her on the plane so I assumed she was a hooker looking to pick up passengers when they land in NYC, which is very common. When my girlfriend came out and saw me talking to her she got jealous. She said I can’t leave you alone for 5 minutes you are talking to a supermodel. I said what are you talking about? She was a hooker! I was just being polite! She then said she was on the plane. Based on the provocative dress, it seemed to me like the standard hooker uniform in New York City. I remember staying the Excelsior Hotel on the Via Vittorio Veneto during the 1970s and having to push through prostitutes just trying to walk down the street to go to dinner. NYC 42nd street used to be that way as well.
Direct Democracy will never work once you cross the line into perceived morality. One person’s moral principles will differ from another. When I travel to the office in Abu Dhabi, I am impressed that you see the freedom of religion in play. There are men with their four wives in burqas and women dressed in western style. Neither objects to the other. Women are free to wear two-piece bathing suits on the beach and this photo I took shows. They cannot walk the streets or go to a mall dressed like that, but there are places in the USA that object to that as well.
We cannot judge others by our own moral beliefs. That is God’s role – not man. Yes, there is the famous saying of Arnaud Amalric (died 1225) who said: “Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.” (“Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own.”). I have previously written about the right to Freedom of Religion which means we must remain free from moral laws imposed by a majority upon a minority. That is why the Christians were persecuted and when they became the majority, then the Christians persecuted the pagans. We kill so freely proclaiming we are doing God’s will and yet so many claim to know God’s will. We have terrorists waging Holy Wars in the name of God whose will they have interpreted. This is why I wrote:
“This question is probably the greatest conflict morally that humanity faces, with the likelihood of any solution being impossible. If Mormons want to have more than one wife, that is fine, provided it is a local issue. Others who disagree have no right to say they are wrong and use the federal law to prosecute them. The freedom of movement is essential for if you do not believe in the culture of a local region, you should be free to leave and join a community that you agree with. Without this respect, society cannot function free of conflict, violence, and war. Perhaps this is just our fate. To some extent, we need to stop judging others by what we believe and let God sort that out on Judgement Day.”
The Ten Commandments form the core of fundamental principles that are actually essential to the foundation of society. The prohibition against killing can have no exception that it is OK to kill as long as the head of state says so. Every person has the right to self-defense, but not to invade another’s home or nation. There can be only a single standard for which a person’s liberty may be restricted, which was best articulated by John Stuart Mills:
“That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant … Over himself, over his body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” (On Liberty)
There was the Prohibition period where women demanded alcohol be outlawed because men became drunk and failed to be a proper husband and/or father. This was certainly not the majority of men, but they then imposed this law upon them all. All they did was fund organized crime and that led to countless killings. Many farmers were imprisoned for making their own alcohol.
You simply cannot legislate morality. Only a fool will try. This is what is so deeply wrong with SOCIALISM, for it defies the Ten Commandments, created hatred and divides the nation, has always led to more bloodshed than any other division (Communist Revolutions) and has hopelessly condemned society to a violent cycle of endless war.
When the economy turns down, class warfare rises and is used as the excuse to punish those who have more. If we are EVER going to end the cycle of violence, we must begin with a Direct Democracy eliminating career politicians, but it must also be confined prohibitin it to impose any morality by law. There will always be women who prefer prostitution. It cannot be outlawed, but we can license it and restrict it to specific areas as you see in Amsterdam. It is God’s role to judge others – not ours. As soon as one person stands up and demands laws to enforce their personal religious belief, they must respect that they will create a violent response from the opposition. When the opposition gains the majority, then the tables will be turned.
Direct Democracy can work ONLY when restrained from trying to create morality by law. ONLY if someone violates another then the law should apply. As Mills said: “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant … Over himself, over his body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” We cannot legislate morality. The sooner we stop this nonsense, the sooner we will all enjoy true liberty. I must defend someone’s right to disagree and speak their mind, for to deny that person the right to speak will become just a hypocrisy.