I am about the least political person you'll ever meet and this post is truly unusual for me. Somehow, however, I feel compelled to share it with the world, because of what people are going through throughout the world. People's freedoms are taken away right under their noses. What used to be called a 'free country' or at least where 'freedom of speech' reigned, has become a military regulated government. People aren't free to plant the seeds they want, they get sued and put out of business if they refuse to buy seeds modified in a chemical lab. What happened to people's freedom and independence? Why are people not sticking up for their rights? There are a handful of control hungry lunatics sitting in office and millions of citizens that are just watching, perhaps moaning and complaining about it (but doing very little to cause change). What is a democracy? Doesn't democracy mean that the public has a right to vote? Then why does the public not get to vote about what matters? If the public is not able to vote and votes are cast for them, this sounds me to more like a dictatorship. Wouldn't you agree? Now that I live in Europe I hear things from a different angle and with different interests. The other day I heard the term "direct democracy" and I interjected: "Come again, what is a direct democracy versus an indirect democracy?" After digging into this topic just a tad bit and doing some research, here is my lesson in politics, I hope someone will take this and run with it... This article explains it so well, "Modern representative democracy has, in most countries across the globe, just recently become an essential part of political life. Only a few places, such as Britain, the United States and New Zealand have enjoyed an unbroken parliamentary system of government for more than a century. However, there is one country that does more than any other to embody popular sovereignty within a multi-ethnic, multilingual and multi-confessional society: Switzerland." While the federal system can be found in many other countries like the U.S.A., Germany, Austria etc., no other nation does delegate so many competences to federal states and communes than Switzerland does. Undoubtedly, consequent delegation of competences to the lowest level possible creates a widespread sense of responsibility and self-reliance among the population. Why does politics work so well in Switzerland (and always has since its inception in 1291)? And why is there no offensive army? Did you know that all of the Vatican's guards are from the Swiss military? Why? Because they are trained in defense, never offense (this means they will never start a war, ever, but they know how to get the country ready and defended in 2 hours in case of a world war). Did you know there are no landfills in Switzerland? Each city has their own burn facility with clean air technology. Switzerland has 7 million people and 7 presidents to run the show. Yep you heard right. 7 Presidents for 7 Million People - No Wonder It Works: Here are the departments each president is responsible for: 1. Internal Affairs 2. Foreign Affairs 3. Justice 4. Energy, Traffic and Environment 5. Economy and Education 6. Finance 7. Defense and Sports So does this mean that each of these president gets to run the show? Nope. S/he works for the public, the public runs the show. Switzerland is know to be the only direct democracy in the world. Here is how the definition of a 'Direct Democracy:' Direct Democracy can be defined as a form or system of democracy giving citizens an extraordinary amount of participation in the legislation process and granting them a maximum of political self-determination. What About the U.S.? According to Wikipedia, a direct democracy was very much opposed by the framers of the United States Constitution and some signatories of the Declaration of Independence. Side note: Were these framers by chance the same people who put together the Federal Reserve Bank? I don't know...They rejected the direct democracy because they saw a danger in majorities forcing their will on minorities. As a result, they advocated a representative democracyin the form of a constitutional republic over a direct democracy. In other words, now the puppets at the Federal levels are pretending to make the decision on behalf of millions of people....And everyone knows that it's the Federal Reserve Bank that runs the show along with some major corporations. New Zealand Attempted The Direct Democracy According to Wikepedia the Direct Democracy system was attempted to be implemented in New Zealand. But guess what? The people weren't interested! I'm mind boggled that a political party in New Zealand promoted greater participation by the people in the decision-making of government (2005-2009) and they didn't even vote!! The party's leader was Kelvyn Alp. It was one of the few partiesin New Zealand that openly challenged the current monetary system and actively promoted solutions to irredeemable debt.It aimed to establish a system of binding referendums (similar to the Landsgemeinde used in parts of Switzerland) for all major decisions.The Party also advocated for a New Zealand Constitution to protect and enshrine the rights and freedoms of the people.In 2005 the Direct Democracy Party gained official registration as a political party.The official results for the party vote in that year's election recorded no votes for the DDP.The party's registration was cancelled at its own request on 30 June 2009. This is truly, truly sad (and so reflective of how little people care). This is a world that is given over to a handful of mostly dishonest people who are hungry for power, status and money. And the people say: "Here, you have the most money, rule over us. We don't know how to make decisions for ourselves, you do it, we'll just trust you." It's time to wake up folks. If we truly looked at a democracy then we would not have any monetary system in place, not even in Switzerland. The moment you have a means of exchange it is no longer a democracy - wouldn't you agree? And yet since the world at the moment is not functioning without money, the next best thing is for the public to take PRIDE in their country and demand to vote on everything, all things, not just who gets picked of the lesser of two evils in the next presidency. The Swiss people vote all the time, several times a year, for the seemingly smallest things. Why? Because they take pride in their country, and it shows. In just a week the population gets to vote whether or not they should make it mandatory for employers to increase the current vacation of 4 weeks to 6 weeks per year. It may be small potatoes but the people take pride in being able to have a say. It is also the people who have been voting against Switzerland becoming a part of the EU. The moment this happens, the Direct Democracy goes out the window as all decisions will be made from EU headquarters in Brussels. With Switzerland average tax rate around 7.5 to 15%, why would they be so nuts and give up on something that works so well? Even if you live in a non-direct democracy or even in a dictatorship, you can start taking pride in your own country by doing your part. Start with recycling, preserving water, buy organic and support your local farmer, read the ingredients on the food you buy; only buy products that are made in the country where you live, support your local economy, support your local mom and pops shops instead of the big chains, whenever you can - do whatever it takes to take pride in where you live. If you can't do that because your government is just too criminal (for lack of better word) then step up to the plate and make a difference. Wishing you love on your journey!