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Hi David,

Glad you picked this up, but it was by my colleague Dan Dixon, not me.

Thanks

Lee - thanks. Made the change, and look forward to more from Dan and the rest of the Headshift talent pool!

"Democracy is not the most efficient way to make a decision, if e-Democracy was there to make things more efficient the first thing to do would be get rid of the democracy bit."

I'm a bit baffled by that one. If I were hungry, and wanted to eat something, my 'efficient' decision process could be...

a) Look around for something edible (e.g. my own hand)
b) Eat it

There is the question of the quality of decision being made. And there, I'd suggest that REPRESENTATIVE democracy is the most efficient way of making a decision that is likely to get consent from most of the people, most of the time.

It is also most likely to result in a decision that people will be prepared to defend in the medium / long term.

It's only the rather odd tendency of people who have started discussing democracy now that it has an 'e' in front of it to assume that it should mean direct democracy that makes the whole thing inefficient.

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