Shared power, shared wealth, shared goals

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Without accountable government, society spins out of control and gravitates towards a corrupted, over-consumptive and reactionary way of life. In this book, we’ll be asking you to look at how a new approach to an old idea – vote sizing – can mend our social fabric, recharge society and create a world where everyone can coexist peacefully. Is this a tall order? You bet it is! Do we think that vote sizing has what it takes to get us there from here? Absolutely!

The vote sizing movement recognizes that reform can’t happen so long as some people have all the choices while others have none, so long as a few self-ordained people hold all the wealth and power while the rest of us have neither. This situation is not fair or satisfactory for either group, and vote sizing proposes to address it by separating the two great forces that guide us through life – wealth and power – and then balancing them by letting us all choose between them. This goal will be achieved by using computers to actually resize each of our votes inversely to our wealth (to redistribute political power to those who would choose it over wealth). This will release wealth from the grip of the powerful, power from the grip of the wealthy; and because the sizing occurs not just once but at each election the system will be self-regulating and ultimately advantageous to individuals at all levels of society.

In this book, we won’t be crusading for specific agendas like tidal power or tort reform or women’s rights or reduce, reuse, recycle respect (even though they are all virtuous causes). On one hand, we just don’t have the space in this book (nor the budget for research staff) to explore all the different movements out there, from the activism to the protests to the court battles to the watchdog reports to scandalous exposés to the lobby groups to private undertakings; on the other hand although we see them all as laudable efforts that assist in some way, compared to the overarching corruption hourglass, they are small and diffuse, like gadflies swarming at the rear of a rhinoceros.

What is needed is affirmative action of a radical type—the affirmative action of vote sizing. Unlike of the vast majority of cultish political movements which wish to be a spokesperson on your behalf; vote sizing is 100% directed solely at providing you with a real, tangible and unique voice to use as you see fit. Hopefully, rather than trying to just focus on this or that dysfunctional part of society, vote sizing will be much more effective at laying the groundwork for a vibrant, adaptive and sustainable society. As we’ll see, it is this common sense and groundedness that gives vote sizing the ability to interest the vast majority of people, poor and middle class alike and perhaps even the more progressive elite. Vote sizing is incredibly forward-looking in an open and democratic way, and though it steers us forward with a definite purpose, it does not do so in a predefined direction. Most of our leaders like to talk tough, but don’t really want to rock the boat; while we’re left wondering how long they can keep ignoring our connectivity and the flooding in the lower decks. Without needing to adhere to any ‘ism’s, vote sizing provides a way to move our rudder without destroying the ship.

The whole notion of vote sizing is so radically new that there are naturally going to be many, many misunderstandings about what it’s intended to do, how it intends to do it, and what it is and is not capable of doing. (Again, it’s not up to us to decide, since we’re really talking about giving you a voice and letting you decide for yourselves.) That said, here are a few points we hope you’ll come to understand in the chapters to follow.

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