Information Society for Enlightened Voting
AbstractAmong the millions of words uttered and written on the subject of democracy,
Winston Churchill’s are among the most famous:
“Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that
have been tried from time to time.”  The occasion of the remark – it was made
on 11 November 1947, when the great wartime leader spoke for the opposition
in Britain’s House of Commons – is a reminder of how far the world has since
travelled. Yet the passing of six decades notwithstanding, mankind is still
subservient to the classical dogma embodied in Churchill’s phrase: that democracy
is synonymous with universal suffrage.
It was always open to question. But today, new and evolving technologies
enable us to discard it – not to abolish democracy (who would want to do that?),
but to enrich democracy with more effective, more innovative and more moral
forms of enlightened government across the world.