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GLOBALIZATION OF CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT THROUGH THE WWW
MAY ULTIMATELY BE THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTION OF THE INTERNET TO THE SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY.
It will and must provoke and enable citizens to comment on the policies and procedures of their governments and other major systems they have to deal with.
Such citizen control and involvement is not, or at least does not have to be, a form of conflict with authority.
On the contrary. It is the very essence of democracy. It is required if democracy is to survive.
After all, politicians, civil servants and comparable dignitaries are only human. They have a right to be. And as humans they are subject to human reflexes and comparable reactions.
The most elementary reflex in life organisms, such as humans, is the homeostatic reaction. In common parlance: the self-preservation reaction.
When the organism interprets an aspect of reality confronting it, as unambiguously requiring a specific reaction to significantly improve its long term survival chances, it will act in concurrence with that requirement.
All healthy life organisms, like humans, are programmed that way.
This type of reaction also applies to collective behavior within groups or classes where individual survival may be experienced to depend on group survival.
It follows that a human being, when confronted with a form of power that would very significantly improve the survival chances of himself and his most loved ones considering his total life span, would by force of nature be compelled to gain control of that power.
It is for that reason that it is unwise and even unethical to confront humans with immense power sources they can (illegitimately) acquire with hardly any negative consequence for their survival specter.
It is for that reason that citizens have a duty to democracy, even to their chosen representatives, civil servants and others in similar positions to exercise democratic control where and when possible and more or less obviously required.
Not to do so would not be a form of respect or obedience. It would be a form of laziness. A form of negligence.
This of course would particularly apply to those citizens who have had the privilege of an education that would allow them to partake in such, often extremely complex and time consuming, activity.
Seldom have relatively inexperienced humans been confronted with the immense possibilities arising out of the the massive confluence of capital as is now occurring even at low levels of governance, as a result of Globalization and free world trade.
Seldom has the need for democratic citizen control been so needed if democracy is to survive.
Seldom has the opportunity to do so on a global scale been so challenging as under globalization of citizen involvement through the world wide web...
However, to think that citizens would be encouraged to exercise genuine activity that might oppose policies of the powers that be would be a silly think to expect. After all, such encouragement would be a totally unnatural action considering the fully natural and logically understandable individual and group self preservation reactions we have just described.
This may even make genuine citizen involvement a hazardous activity in democracies under globalization ...
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