Introduction

In 1991 the Soviet Union, one of the world's two Superpowers, ceased to exist. It was dissolved by its own Parliament. Opposition to this step was minimal. Most people in the Soviet Union supported the demise of their State.

Ever since the Soviet Union was born in the Russian Revolution of October 1917 many people all over the world saw it as the Socialist alternative to Capitalism. This was so because the Soviet Union replaced private ownership of industry, commerce, and agriculture, by State ownership of the entire economy. Socialism was based on the assumption that State ownership of the economy will put an end to oppression, exploitation, inequality.

This assumption was refuted by history. State ownership of the entire economy existed for decades in the Soviet Union, and in all 'People's Democracy' States but failed to end economic and political misery. It did not abolish oppression, exploitation, inequality. It replaced Capitalism by a dictatorship of State and Party officials.

Those who oppose oppression, exploitation, and inequality must now suggest an alternative to Socialism as well as to Capitalism, to Nationalisation as well as to Privatisation. The pamphlet addresses this need.

Socialism (and Anarchism) emerged during the industrial revolution. Socialist and Anarchist thinkers were the first to consider the impact of industrialization on society, morality, and politics. They revolutionized political thinking 150 years ago. Today we undergo a revolution of the means of communication but Socialist and Anarchist thinking ignores the impact of this revolution on politics. It is stuck where its founders put it 150 years ago.

This pamphlet suggests a new way of running a State and an Economy by applying the electronic communication revolution to decision making. This opens up political possibilities unimaginable a mere 20 years ago.

An establishment political thinker recently wrote :

“Some form of managed Capitalism and a rather diluted, not very participatory liberal democracy, is what history has in store for mankind, and that is that... dreams of a leap into some radically new world have to be abandoned.”

—Alan Ryan, Warden of New College, Oxford, “Whatever happened to the Left” The New York Review of Books, Oct. 17, 1996. p. 42

This pamphlet proposes a leap into a democracy so participatory as to make all former political systems look like so many varieties of dictatorship. If enough people desire this system the 21st Century will be very different from a “rather diluted, not very participatory liberal democracy”.

Dare you consider a new alternative to Capitalism | Socialism | Anarchism, a DIRECT democracy running Work | Education | State without representatives of any sort ?

—A.ORR May 1, 1996