What do we call "democracy" today? A system where a handful of professional leaders control all the decisions, and every few years we get to spend a couple minutes choosing between a couple of them. Do you feel involved in that democracy? Do you control your own governance? Shouting at a townhall meeting is not democratic participation; it is no different from peasants yelling at their lord. The flaws in representative democracy go beyond national politics. It is the same in every case where there are elected leaders who "represent" you. In condominiums, school boards, professional societies, even the social committee at your office. In every case the standard is: those in control have all the power, and the rest just have to shut up and take it. Well, now we have the internet. And that changes things. Please visit the Metagovernment project and see what governance can become when we open it to everyone. And no, the projects involved in the Metagovernment project are not so stupid as to create a system of mob rule, tyranny of the majority, or other traditional criticisms of direct democracy. These are sophisticated systems that are not at all comparable to primitive techniques such as referendum voting or townhall meetings. P.S. This is my 1,000th post. Woo hoo.