A proper democracy is a stable system. This means it opposes change. Changes have to be approved at many levels and it is because of this principle that change is slowed down. But it is better to move slowly in the right direction then to rush in error.
In the democratic process decisions have to be evaluated by many individual brains which are joined together into group brains in meetings where democratic decisions are made. Then they are often passed on to a higher level where a similar process is activated.
For a decision to be cleared by a single human brain electrical currents have to find a way through a network of 100 billion neurons, linked by 7O trillion pathways before they reach the motor stations that can execute the decision. In this maze the current seeks its way because it can only proceed through green lights : other neurons that "decide", are motivated -bio-chemically-, to "let the current pass". This you see is democracy. It is the democracy of nature itself. Natural democracy. It is the basis of evolution. It resists chance. Tests every attempt to chance. This is why the democracy of man is the way of nature, the way of a stable evolution.
But if democratic systems, democratic states, are bordered by systems, by states, that operate under a leadership which is not controlled -slowed down- by the democratic process, democracy may be in danger. Quick decisions, at lightening speed, Blitz speed, may at times give a dangerous advantage to non democratic systems. But this generation of humans has fortunately had a chance to learn that a Blitzkrieg leads only to short term success and to mass tragedy and destruction of the total system in the end. So far Democracy has always won in the long run . . . because it is the way of nature . . . it is evolution itself . . .
Of course democracy may also be endangered by forces within democratic states themselves . . .
In both cases the world wide web is offering a unique opportunity to spread the spirit of democracy under globalization.
It can link together serious grass-root groups that, in a lawful and democratic way, whish to discuss conditions in their country, city or neighborhood on a broader, even global level. Before the international community . To find out if similar conditions are affecting other citizens close by or far apart. It is amazing how many people can suffer individually, without knowing that there are many many like themselves, without knowing it. Simply because the establishment press ignores their suffering.
We, the tenants of the Helmersstraat apartment building in Amsterdam, where subjected to the terrible experience of suddenly finding our apartment shuddering like under an air attack. It went on for many, many months. At fully unpredictable moments the construction workers would strike. And it was all perfectly legal. Nothing could be done about it. The permits had been skillfully obtained through a cleverly concealed, minute announcement in a paper no one normally has time to read. You can see what happened if you activate the link at the bottom of this page.
Some of us decided we had to find out if this was happening at many other places in the city. We soon learned the answer was yes ... and there where advanced plans to start an even worse construction site right in front of our apartment building next year. It was a result of sky rocketing ground prices in our city influenced by rule based global free trade. Then we started to worry about democracy itself, and we decided to make this home page . . .
We soon began to realize it was probably an extremely widespread problem. It was one aspect of the spirit of democracy under globalization . . .
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