By Koen Jacobs for the Omnicratic Party Initiative
Omnicracy is the Equal Power of All, Over All that Concerns the Fundamental Interests of All.
When we speak of omnicracy what are we referring to? When democracy means that the power to govern is vested in the people, does that mean that the power is vested in everyone in an omnicracy? What is the difference?
What is Democracy?
Lets be very honest with ourselves here. Contemporary democracy is a dead-end for those who believe in “people power”. Democracy no longer is what people would like it to mean. The power to govern is no longer effectively vested in the people and that is not hard to prove.
Let us, for this, take a look at Belgium, currently still the heart of the EU. When the moments arrived to vote for or against the EU constitution and, earlier, to adopt the euro as the new currency of the land nobody of the general public was offered any chance, nor had any chance, to voice their opinion in at least a non-binding referendum.
We should know that the Belgian federal government still sees itself as one of the most democratic governments the world has ever witnessed. Saying out loud in the parliament, as an MP, that you sincerely believe that Belgium lacks real democracy will get you ridiculed in parliament for weeks and on national television for several weeks more.
Yet all democratic mechanisms had been exhausted by those who strongly opposed EU-membership, the EU constitution and the adoption of the euro. None of the mechanisms enabled the opponents to at least not get dragged into the “union” and new currency themselves.
Oddly, in 2004, one year before several European countries were going to hold their referendums, for or against the adoption of the EU constitution, also in Belgium it still seemed inevitable that a referendum would be held on the matter.
However, as 2005 approached faster and faster and the likely results of such a referendum became, for most of the Flemish and Walloon political parties, frighteningly clear (a majority of the public was going to vote against the adoption of the EU constitution) the Belgian government decided to trash the idea of a referendum altogether and simply adopted the EU constitution unilaterally and, thus, without the people’s consent. Democracy be damned!
But Belgium is by far not the only undemocratic “democracy” when democracy is being put to the test.
Take for instance what happened in 2003, on the 15th of February. Up to 30 million people worldwide, it was estimated, were marching against the war in Iraq.
In London alone that day, The Guardian then reported, 1.5 million people were demonstrating against the war efforts of the British government. By any standards the “biggest public rally in British history”, carried by more than 450 organizations.
The voice of the people was loud and clear, even the news media had to report about it because it was simply too overwhelming. Democracy in its purest form was now being televised.
But none of this mattered, the British government completely ignored the public outcry and the democratic opposition against the war, that should have been able to stop the war. It would eventually spend £8.4 billion with their war efforts in Iraq, from 2003 to 2009.
On top of that the entire war was based on lies, lies deliberately provided by democratically elected government officials who were trying to bring “democracy” to Iraq, by bombing it to smithereens.
The joke here is on those who refuse to see the dead-end that contemporary democracy, thus, is.
When democracy doesn’t function as it allegedly should in times of our greatest tribulations (ask the people in Iraq if you have doubts) then we have to be honest with ourselves and formulate better alternatives.
What is Omnicracy?
Omnicracy can definitely be regarded as a form of democracy, albeit a more advanced and a more just form of democracy. Perhaps even a more radical form of democracy, but a very efficient one that keeps authoritarian and rogue governments at bay.
To get an actual idea of what omnicracy is let us take another look at the two previous cases, about the EU and the anti-war demonstrations.
The reason why the Belgian government was able to get away with their undemocratic behavior is mainly because there weren’t, and still aren’t, any mechanisms available that enable(d) the public to effectively block such government policies or to at least reject the policy and effectively distance themselves from their government and go a different course without having to break up the nation as separatists.
In an omnicracy populations do not have to accept such government behavior, or rather authoritarianism. The public can at any time, following the proper procedures, eventually either oust their government very quickly or decide to effectively ignore the government decision entirely and, thus, deem as nonexistent anything that results from, in this case, the recognition and adoption of the EU constitution.
Here’s where it gets very interesting. In an omnicracy the system always has mechanisms embedded that enable even a single citizen to be heard by the government in a formal and public way without the government having the authority to dismiss the citizen’s case arbitrarily and at that point the session(s) would also have to be published and archived by the public (news) media in order to give the public at large the chance to be actually aware of the case and its developments.
Where the Belgian government, here, decided all by itself to operate outside its authority the same government would, in an omnicracy, first have to address the citizen’s case before executing its policy but only after the public has first had enough time to formulate its opinions and positions concerning the citizen’s case.
As long as there is no clarity the government can’t make any formal decisions. In this case this would have resulted in a majority of the people wanting further debate and referendums, something the Belgian government wanted to avoid because it was well aware about the public’s doubts and opposition.
Eventually, had the government decided to push through anyway the public would have had the needed mechanisms to effectively ignore and render inexecutable the government decision and everything that results from it.
In practice, this could then have resulted in, for instance, a new law or regulation whereby citizens, who do not want to have to do anything with the Belgian EU-membership and/or the adoption of the EU constitution by their government, can deduct from their taxes their fair share of the monetary contributions that the Belgian government pays to the EU.
With Belgium having had about 4.97 million taxpayers in 2016 and with its government handing over 4 billion euro to the EU in 2016 alone – not including the 2.064 billion euro in customs duties that it funneled into EU coffers (2016) and not including the 5 billion euro that it spent on hosting the EU in Brussels (2016) – each such citizen would have been eligible to deduct several hundreds of euros from their taxes.
The protests that were meant to permanently halt the war in Iraq didn’t fail to achieve their goal due to the lack of determination and efforts. They didn’t succeed because democracy had been hijacked for already a very long time by career “politicians” who never really were on the side of the people to begin with. None of them should have been in public office anyway – and that’s not just the case in the UK.
One of the few ways that the killings in Iraq, at the hands of the British government, could effectively come to an end was through a mechanism that is described in the above case about Belgium.
Similarly, even a single citizen could have set in motion a mechanism that could have resulted in the people seizing the military installations that enabled the illegal killings and attacks in Iraq.
For and in the UK that would have meant that the people could seize, among other installations, the communication infrastructure of the British Ministry of Defense and the communication infrastructure of the British military and intel agencies involved in the Iraq war.
Without any coordination coming from the UK Operation TELIC would have died a quick death.