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Democracy is dead. Long life atomocracy!

atomocracy (from the Greek words άτομο (atom) “individual” and κράτος (kratos) “power”): form of government in which each individual can choose how he or she wants to be governed independently of the decisions of the other individuals.

Old people of the city tells the story that in a close town there were three companies dedicated to marketing and communication located in the same building, on three contiguous floors, one over each other. The building was flat and it was oriented to the south. Thus some offices could always enjoy the sunlight, but the offices across the hall almost never received any sunbeam. All offices were initially equipped with a central air conditioning system. The problem of this system is that you never can satisfy everybody. When summer sun was hitting mercilessly, south-facing offices demanded the temperature of the air conditioning system to be decreased. But when doing so, the temperature in the offices located in the north face was so low that many of the workers there were getting colds very often and they were continually requesting sick leaves. If they had obeyed the offices on the north side, then the office workers in the south-facing offices would have suffered so hot temperature that their productivity would have been reduced significantly, and some would have also fainted.

In the company located on the 7th floor of the building all decisions were made always by the boss, who had his office at one end of the plant, with east orientation. When the morning sun lit up his office, he reduced the temperature of the air conditioning of the entire plant, so that employees on the north face suffered the consequences. In the afternoon, when the sun no longer illuminated boss’ office, the temperature was increased and then it was the workers on the south side of the building who were suffering the heat. However he was the boss and no one dared to contradict him for fear of being fired.

In the company located on the 8th floor of the same building the temperature was decided by a voting system, and the majority decided if the temperature had to be raised or lowered. Depending on the season, supporters of raising or lowering the temperature were alternating victories. Nobody was permanently happy but every employee had the feeling of “winning” at least for a few months. The rest of the year he was suffering the consequences.

The company located on the 9th floor decided to undertake a troublesome, annoying and costly refurbishment of the whole plant, and installed an individual air conditioning system for each office, with individual controls systems. Therefore each employee could set the temperature of his/her office as he/she wanted, to create the most suitable working environment.

Over the months the company from the ninth floor began to become more competitive against those of the other two, up to a point of snatching them the market and almost all customers. In addition, as they had also more and more work, many employees of the companies located in the seventh and eighth floors left their companies and sought work in the company plant located on the ninth floor. After a couple of years the company from the 9th floor had completely absorbed the other two, rented the two floors, and hired all its employees, which now enjoyed air conditioning systems individualized and better wages and conditions because to higher productivity.

The corollary of the story for the old people of the city was clear: “No one knows what is better for you than yourself.”

If the building were the World, each plant were a country, and how to control the air conditioning were their forms of government, seventh floor would clearly be a dictatorship, and the eighth floor a democracy. The stale and negative aspects of the dictatorship are well known and need not additional comment. But … what about the democracy?

Well, the democracy is also obsolete.

In February this year I attended the International Students for Liberty (SFL) conference in Washington DC, where I had the “honor” of listening to Oliver Stone live during one of the panels. One of my friends from Estudiantes para la Libertad (SFL Latin American branch) asked him about his opinion on what was happening at that time in Venezuela. In February the student revolts in Venezuela had already started and so had done the casualties among the young students when protesting against their Government. The answer of Oliver Stone was pretty embarrassing: “last elections in Venezuela were the most fair and transparent in its history and democracy in Venezuela is exemplary; it is the opposition who is acting undemocratically.”

Not for being expected the response was less unfortunate. When someone like Oliver Stone, defender of the worst totalitarian regimes in Central and South America, stands as a defender of democracy, it is when you realize that democracy is reallyf*cked.

Very recently in Turkey President Erdogan was caught in a conversation with his son giving instructions to get rid of 700 million euros. The conversation was dropped to the Internet and it flooded the social networks during the Turkish electoral campaign. In retaliation Erdogan ordered to block Twitter and Youtube, crushing as well the riots that were taking place on the streets. In the elections held a few days after he won again with a remarkable majority.

But there´s no need to leave the country: in Spain we are also experts in this field. In the last European elections, the party that has ruled for 40 years in Andalusia, which is involved in an endless number of corruption cases, won again the elections. Same in Valencia. And 1.2 million Spaniards voted for a party whose electoral program, if implemented, would condemn the country to hunger and misery. Proposition 8 in California, Arab Spring results… there are thousands of examples. That is democracy.

What does then all this mean?

It has only one meaning: democracy is dead; democracy is overcome; democracy is obsolete. I do not deny the historical role that democracy has had in building free societies but it has already reached its saturation point and it can only regress.

Then, what alternatives do we have?

In the world of today, when you dare to criticize democracy or you declare yourself contrary to it, it is something like being black and getting into a KKK party. The Taliban political correctness will soon embark you with the worst dictators, even when many of those who accuse you are themselves defenders of the world’s worst dictatorships. It seems that they have not understood, or they don´t want to understand, that the alternative to democracy is not dictatorship.

For example, what if when you vote for a particular party in an election, you could see yourself obligated to enjoy or suffer 100% of their electoral program? What if the vote would condition your life? What if instead of ending up being governed by what the majority voted, the vote would really mean that you can choose how you want to live regardless of what others vote? Would you then repeat your vote after 4 years or would you change it? How would the voters evolve? What if we could choose our individually desired air conditioning temperature as in the initial example? What if instead of democracy, we had … atomocracy?

Probably you will be thinking it’s a crazy idea, but it is not so crazy. With today’s technological advances, advances that many governments are trying to stop more or less successfully, it could be implemented. In fact a few days ago it jumped to the news that the Spanish Popular Party was thinking of creating “upscale neighborhoods” where taxes are higher in order to enjoy better public services. How about the reverse? It’s not that hard. You just have to free your mind from prejudices.

This idea, atomocracy, was the main idea of the presentation I made at Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid last Friday 13th of June during the presentation of my first book “Perfectopia”.

It is that, atomocracy, what Perfectopia is about and where I present this new concept. The book begins in the present, where the protagonist, Sam, is a boy of the Occupy movements as many others who rally against capitalism, the markets, the rich people, the businesses, multinational companies, globalization… Protests start then breaking out throughout Europe simultaneously to the worst economic and social decline ever seen by the European continent: The Great Chaos. All power structures are destroyed; riots and murders occur in every corner of every country; leaders and royal families flee leaving their citizens to their fate…
Immediately the book moves forward in time and our hero suddenly appears 15 years later, in a new world where this new system, the atomocracy, has already been established. In this new system the possible voting options are: the Plannees (or communist), the Semi-Plannees (Socialists), the Traditionalist (or Conservatives), the Naturals (radical ecologist, anti-science and anti-technology, etc…) and the Freemen. But there, in the future, voting has many more implications than simply voting for a party like nowadays: you also choose a lifestyle. Loyal to his beliefs Sam votes for “the Plannees” (like many voted in the last European elections) and then the story revolves around what happens when you have to face your own ideals.

The book shows how those different societies emerged in this new system (the atomocracy) interact, being among them one type of society that has never been seen in action yet: the Freemen, a fully free society. Many things happen, many adventures, lots of action and intrigue, but for that you have to read the book.

Shall we implement the atomocracy? Welcome to Perfectopia.

Now you can be part of the world of Perfectopia!

Today we activated new sections on the website of the Perfectopia book. From today on you will feel a little more like a citizen of the New World Order, and choose how you will live for the next 4 years, even if it is just virtually. Each of the electoral options presents a brief electoral program with which they will try to attract your vote. Here you can read summaries of their programs, and here you can vote.

If you’ve read Perfectopia you know already what your vote means. If you have not read it yet be careful because in the New World Order voting implies much more than nowadays. In the New World Order the current decadent democracies are superseded by a new system that allows every citizen to live the way he or she wants, without majorities imposing on minorities or (even worse) minorities overpowering majorities, and preventing those voting one option top be affected by the people who voted other options. That is, all the shortcomings of the “less bad of the systems”, as usually democracy is called, are overcome, allowing individual citizens to choose their own lifestyle. Therefore, if you choose “Plannees ” or “Naturists”, you´ll live as such for the next four years, with their advantages and disadvantages. You will be able to change options if you so wish during the next election period.

Go on reading at: http://perfectopia.co/web/content/now-you-can-be-part-world-perfectopia

¿Democracy? Think out of the box. There is more out there.

¿Democracy? Think out of the box. There is more out there.

"What is democracy?"

"What is democracy?"

In democracy the majority rules, right? #let #tlot

In democracy the majority rules, right? #let #tlot

How democracy works. 
Via @jtldgrc.

How democracy works. 

Via @jtldgrc.

Democracy is the dictatorship of the majority.

- Dedicated to the non-kirchnerist Argentinians

Chronicle of the infamy

Finally the Spanish Libertarian Party – Partido de la Libertad Individual (P-Lib) – has been banned and will not be allowed to participate in the next general elections. P-Lib is not the only party that has suffered the antidemocratic attack of the new regulation (Pirate Party also, for instance), but it has been the only one that has been arbitrarily banned after fulfilling all the conditions to participate. Here is the sequence of events, that we would like to share with the entire world to show which kind of “democracy” we have in Spain, and also how Spain is getting closer and closer to pseudo-democratic regimes like Venezuela and Argentina, where basic freedoms and rights are being violated everyday.

On 29 January 2011, Saturday, a new regulation of the Spanish General Electoral Law (LOREG) was published. Nobody made any noise on it, neither the Spanish media, totally submissive to the politic power, nor the political parties in the Parliament (of course). In this new regulation, the political parties that were not already in the Parliament, needed to present before they could participate in any electoral process, a number of endorsements (i.e. signatures) equivalent to the 0,1% of the population of any of the areas in which the country is split electorally speaking. This implies that, for instance, in the case of the province of Madrid, almost 5000 signatures were needed to be collected. The conditions were more challenging that only the collection of the signatures, because the political parties that were not already in the parliament had only 20 days to do it, and with an additional difficulty: the signatures had to be unique per each political party. Hence, the 20 small political parties that usually were participating in Madrid, for instance, needed to obtain for the signatures of at least 100.000 citizens to be able to be present in the electoral process. In 20 days.

But it was not only the difficulty of such conditions. It is also what in a democratic country that implies: citizens were requested to disclose, with name, Id number and signature, their electoral preference. Totally antidemocratic. Logically many, many of them rejected to sign, as vote is, in accordance with the Spanish Constitution, secret.

The reason for this modification in the law was clear: day after day the Spanish citizens are getting more and more pissed off with the Spanish politicians that only rule in their own benefit, far from the real needs of the people and that consider politics as a way to live comfortably without effort and just living from the result of the work of the citizens. Hence, new political parties were appearing with great success that were threatening their comfortable status-quo. They needed to stop it. And they did it.

However, the P-Lib succeeded. People belonging to the party, together with friends and other supporters spent the ruled 20 days in the streets (I did it also a couple of days) collecting (or trying to) the requested signatures. I can not describe with words the personal effort that it implied and how difficult it was, you need to live it in order to know it. But the people had a lot of hopes and wished and they/we considered that it was worthy. 

Monday 17th of October, the last day to present the signatures, the P-Lib presented 5540 (the minimum were around 4600) in Madrid, and around 1000 in Zaragoza (the minimum were around 700) in the Electoral Council Offices of each city. Therefore, in Madrid, the P-Lib presented almost 1000 signatures more than the minimum requested. It was done…

… or not.

On Wednesday 19th of October, the Electoral Council of Madrid communicated officially to the P-Lib that they had discarded more than 900 signatures because they were supposed to be erroneous. However no evidence of this was provided (no evidence could be provided because they never checked the 5540 signatures, but only some and made an extrapolation). Nevertheless the P-Lib was officially given an additional period of 48 hours to collect the 94 additional signatures needed to reach the minimum limit.  P-Lib activated again the people and in 24 hours was able to collect more than 550 signatures

But in the evening of the Thursday 20th of October, when al the new signatures had been already collected ready to be presented on Friday 21st of October, the Electoral Council of Madrid communicated (again) to the P-Lib that, contradicting what they had said the day before, no additional signatures were allowed to be presented to solve the problem

Therefore, from that moment on, the P-Lib was de-facto out of the electoral process. Considering that the Electoral Council never justified exactly which of the 5540 were wrong, the party had not possibility to solve this issue. And in case that they were really wrong (the 900 they stated), the signatures were collected in the street so it was not possible to find the people who signed. The Electoral Council new that it was materially impossible.

On Friday 21st however the P-Lib presented the additional 560 signatures together with a petition to consider the additional signatures as it was stated by the same Council on 19th of October. However the P-Lib was officially communicated that they were out of the elections. 

And this is how we are today. For first time in the democratic history of Spain, legal political parties will be prevented of participating in democratic elections. But not only that. What happened to the P-Lib shows the arbitrariness that you need to face in order to make use of your democratic rights. Improper of a (self-called) civilized country belonging to the “first world”.

Now the only exit that the P-Lib will try is the legal one: P-Lib will go to the Spanish Justice to present their case and, if possible, to try to impugn the whole electoral process. However, considering that in Spain the judges are elected by the same political parties that are present in the Parliament (yes, this is the way the justice works in Spain), there is no hope on the success of this solution.

It is possible that the candidature of Zaragoza will be accepted (no problems have been communicated), but until Monday we will not know this. In any case, considering the population of both cities, deactivating the candidature of Madrid, the Electoral Council has killed effectively any possibility for the party to obtain representation in the parliament.

All the efforts of so many people will have been useless. All the hopes and wishes of dozens of people that worked hard will have been despised. And thousands of Spaniards will not be allowed to vote to the political option they wanted

¿Spanish democracy? 

Update (25/10/11): the infamy is confirmed.

I don’t know, so I’m an atheist libertarian

I don’t believe the majority always knows what’s best for everyone. The fact that the majority thinks they have a way to get something good does not give them the right to use force on the minority that don’t want to pay for it. If you have to use a gun, I don’t believe you really know jack. Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It’s just ganging up against the weird kid, and I’m always the weird kid.

Please, read it completely. Via Sam Bowman (@S8mB

Democracy in Spain is dead, but not precisely for the reasons you might think

This is a summary in English of this previous post in Spanish, targeted to my international followers. Basically what has happened is that the main political parties in the Spanish Parliament have performed a “kind of” Coup d’Etat against the Spanish democracy, act performed with the collaborative silence of the Spanish Media and other political parties that could obtain some benefit of the new regulation. So successful has been such silence, that very few Spaniards have heard about this.

In January of the current year, the Spanish Parliament approved a modification of the law that rules the access to the electoral processes for the different political parties. The change basically makes practically impossible to a small party that has never been present in a previous electoral process to present candidates and lists to the elections. Actually they can, but undergoing such a difficult and costly process that in practical terms makes it impossible. The consequence is that for the next general elections (20th November), only the already present big parties will be allowed to concur, and no new political party will be able to. This has been made basically because of the fear of the Spanish “big parties” (socialists - PSOE, conservative party - PP and two big nationalist parties from Catalonia and Basque Country - CiU and PNV) to lose power/votes due to the presence of new political parties, as happened with the new ones appeared in the national scene in the recent years (UPyD and Ciutadans).  

This is specially serious in a so considered “modern country” like Spain. But what is really painful is that this (under my point of view) criminal act has been accomplished with the collaborative silence of the entire Spanish media (servil with the main political parties) and the newly appeared “citizens movements” that are supposed to claim for “real democracy” and that what they really look for is to refrain the voters of voting the conservative party, when unhappy with the socialist party.

And this really (sorry for the expression) piss me off, because one of this “new” political party that is being blocked from the next general elections, is the recently created Spanish Libertarian Party (P-Lib), leaving a quite important part of the Spanish voters without a libertarian political option.   

After this, what do you think? Is Spain still a modern democratic country?