THE GLOBAL SOCIAL NETWORK FOR VOTERS

Empowering Voters to Control Political Parties, Campaign Financing, Elections, and Legislation

Overview

The network will modernize democracy technologically by empowering voters to organize politically online to build consensus across ideological and partisan lines.

It will enable voters to circumvent the obstacles created by political parties and special interests to prevent voters from consensually setting legislative priorities and deciding who runs for office, who wins elections, and what laws are passed.

The network's patented agenda setting, consensus-building and political organizing tools will empower voters worldwide to control political parties, elections, legislation, and campaign financing.

Currently, most voters are impeded from building consensus across ideological and partisan lines by political parties that corral them into acquiescing in politically divisive party platforms, candidates, and legislative agendas. These parties deliberately divide voters into hostile camps by contriving polarizing political and legislative conflicts in order to win elections. They run divisive, inflammatory electoral campaigns aimed at driving incensed voters to the polls to elect their candidates.

Yet research shows that voters -- especially U.S. voters -- tend to be willing to compromise on major issues to overcome political cleavages and prevent legislative stalemates. But they are prevented from doing so because political parties continuously create conflicts and manipulate electoral and legislative processes to gain electoral advantages for their candidates. They undermine popular sovereignty and the power of the electorate by limiting voters' decision-making prerogatives in vital aspects of democracy. These include setting party platforms and the legislative agendas of party candidates, deciding which candidates to run on party lines, and overseeing the actions of elected party representatives after they take office to ensure they honor the priorities of their constituents.

Once these undemocratic parties and their electorally unaccountable representatives gain control of legislative bodies, they encounter few impediments to subordinating the needs of their constituents to the demands of special interests. This is especially the case when they enact legislation that increases inequalities of wealth and income in favor of special interests and the 1% at the expense of the remaining 99% of the population.

Since undemocratic political parties and party candidates that win elections are largely unaccountable to voters -- but need their votes to remain in office -- these parties tend to adopt increasingly undemocratic and even authoritarian tactics to manipulate public perceptions in order to gain electoral advantages over their opponents.

They mislead voters into supporting party candidates and incumbent legislators who actually work against voters' well-being. They make untruthful statements and xenophobic claims aimed at pitting diverse groups of voters against each other. They use unfair tactics to corrupt the truthfulness of the media and limit freedom of expression. They use a variety of tactics to suppress the votes of voters who are likely to vote against party electoral candidates.

For example, there is evidence that the major U.S. political parties, party officials, incumbent legislators, election authorities, and special interests, combine resources to:

  • Gerrymander election districts to ensure their candidates win elections.
  • Pass laws and obtain court decisions allowing special interests to dominate campaign financing so they can sway the votes of the candidates they support after the elected candidates take office in legislative bodies.
  • Continuously contrive legal and illegal ways and means to purge eligible voters from the lists of legally registered voters.
  • Require forms of identification that voters find it difficult, and often impossible, to obtain.
  • Make polling places inaccessible.
  • Rig the vote by electronically altering the tallies of votes cast.

By employing such tactics, undemocratic political parties incrementally limit the political influence of electorates and the voting rights of voters around the world -- and create increasingly authoritarian governments in the process.

A Technological Paradigm Shift

To stem the resulting tide of democratic decline around the world, the Global Social Network for Voters will incorporate state-of-the-art, system-changing, online consensus-building and political organizing technology into its platform developed around U.S. patents. It will provide voters worldwide a secure platform through which they can democratically build consensus across ideological and partisan lines, and form voter-controlled political parties large enough to elect legislators of their choice and hold them accountable at the ballot box.

This technology will modernize democracy by enabling voters to build broad-based consensus across ideological and partisan lines, and form winning, voter-controlled political parties that can forge transpartisan electoral bases large enough to nominate and elect candidates of their choice -- and defeat the candidates of highly partisan, conflict-generating political parties.

The Global Social Network for Voters will:

  • Connect voters online to build consensus across ideological and partisan lines and set common transpartisan legislative agendas.
  • Empower voters across the political spectrum to join forces online to create winning transpartisan voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions.
  • Enable voter-controlled voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions to prevent special interests from dominating campaign financing by forging transpartisan electoral bases large enough to elect candidates of their choice without special interest campaign financing.
  • Provide voters online tools for conducting online petitions, referendums, initiatives, and straw recall votes to pressure legislators to enact voters' agendas.
  • Empower voters to hold legislators accountable at the polls using the network's online political organizing tools to conduct winning get-out-the-vote campaigns to defeat and replace incumbents they oppose.

For the first time in history, voters at the grassroots will be able to organize online to fully control political parties, elections and legislation. By enabling voters to control political parties -- by creating new parties or gaining control of existing parties -- voters will be able to build consensus across partisan lines and prevent parties from generating conflicts and undermining popular sovereignty by disempowering voters electorally and legislatively.

International Scope

There are many life-threatening issues -- such as gun control, political violence, and extreme weather -- that require domestic and international solutions. The Global Social Network for Voters will provide voters and political activists worldwide a single platform for simultaneously -- and consensually -- devising international and domestic legislative solutions to such issues. They will be able to implement them within and across national borders by means of voter-controlled voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions. The network will enable them to:

  • Connect to each other within and across national borders so they can simultaneously resolve international and domestic issues and conflicts.
  • Form voter-controlled voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions that operate internationally and domestically.
  • Build consensus across ideological and partisan lines to set common transpartisan legislative agendas resolving international and domestic issues and conflicts.
  • Implement voters' international agendas domestically by nominating and electing candidates of their choice in their home countries to enact the agendas.
  • Oversee, guide and direct the legislative actions of elected representatives in their home countries to enact international as well as domestic agendas.
  • Propose specific legislation for enacting international as well as domestic agendas by conducting online petition drives, referendums, and initiatives, and directing their elected representatives to pass this legislation.
  • Conduct recall votes to warn elected representatives when their legislative actions risk their defeat in upcoming elections.
  • Hold elected representatives accountable at the ballot box for their legislative actions in implementing international as well as domestic legislation, by using voter-created and voter-controlled online voting blocs, political parties, and electoral coalitions to conduct winning get-out-the-vote campaigns.

Company

The mission of Re-Invent Democracy, Inc., incorporated in the State of Delaware, is to build the Global Social Network for Voters to operationalize political paradigm-shifting U.S. patents. The Company's for-profit business model comprises four projected revenue streams. One stream will enable voters to reform de facto campaign financing in the U.S, which currently amounts to nearly $10 billion during presidential election cycles.

The network will technologically empower voters worldwide to modernize democracy by replacing conflict-producing political parties, electoral and legislative institutions and processes with modern, consensus-building parties, institutions and processes.

Voters across the spectrum will be able to use these 21st century, technology-enabled institutions and processes to resolve conflicts and democratically control political parties, elections and legislation to ensure government by and for the people.

Re-Invent Democracy, Inc. does not espouse ideological or partisan views, nor does it align with, or accept funding from, governments or agencies funded by governments.

Network

The voter identification technology of the Global Social Network for Voters will protect the privacy of voters worldwide and the confidentiality of their communications from interference and misrepresentation by trolls, bots and foreign agents. The network's secure political organizing platform and free tools and services will empower voters, individually and collectively, to:

  • Create and control access to voter-controlled online voting blocs, political parties and electoral coalitions.
  • Set common international and domestic legislative agendas by building consensus across ideological and partisan lines.
  • Nominate and elect representatives of their choice to enact their agendas.
  • Hold elected officials accountable at the ballot box for their legislative actions.

Technology

The Global Social Network for Voters comprises 5 technological components:

The political paradigm-shifting technology incorporated into the platform of the Global Social Network for Voters will enable voters to overcome the traditional inability of conflict-generating political parties and the legislative bodies they dominate to resolve the legislative stalemates and gridlocks they generate.

The network's technology will create this fundamental shift in the way political parties and legislative bodies function because its consensus-building tools and services inherently motivate and empower large scale consensus-building by voters across ideological and partisan lines as the most effective way to win elections.

Voter-controlled political parties, voting blocs and electoral coalitions whose members are willing to compromise and reconcile diverse and divergent priorities into transpartisan legislative agendas will be able to grow the largest transpartisan electoral bases. They will be able to use these electoral bases to defeat the candidates of highly partisan parties that refuse to compromise and fail to develop large enough electoral bases to win elections. (Continue)

About

The Company's interdisciplinary team includes serial entrepreneurs, inventors of innovative web technologies, holders of advanced legal and academic degrees, and experienced business executives. Its founder, Nancy Bordier, holds dual U.S. and Swiss citizenship, two U.S. patents, and MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University in Political Science. She has participated in U.S. electoral campaigns and run for public office. In addition, she was an award-winning member of the launch team of IBM's pioneering $1 billion social network, the Prodigy Interactive Personal Service, founded by a partnership of IBM, CBS and Sears.

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