Michael Allan community law-making, a system based on recombinant text Posted at 10:27am, Aug 12, 2007
Hello to the group, I am seeking criticism of this proposed system of legislation: Recombinant text [a kind of distributed Wiki] could serve as a medium for the proposal, drafting and enactment of laws... Ultimately, it could serve to transfer full legislative power to the community, where citizens would assume responsiblity for all stages of civil law making... 1. Any citizen could draft a proposal (bill) for a new law; or the amendment or abrogation of an existing law. 2. Other citizens (drafters) could copy the bill, modify it, and thus create their own variants (drafts) of it. 3. Each citizen would have a single vote per bill, which he might use to 'back' any draft of the bill. A drafter could thus aquire a 'constituency' of backers. ... and so on http://zelea.com/project/textbender/d/overview.xht#Law-Making It looks to be technically feasible. (I am a software engineer.) But what about politically? Can anyone see a flaw?