27 minutes | May 24, 2020
Lawrence Lessig: How to Save Democracy
Lawrence Lessig is an academic, attorney, and political activist. He is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
18 minutes | Dec 7, 2019
Democracy Joe Rogan would be proud of?
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57 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
All About Ranked Choice Voting with Drew Penrose of Fairvote
https://www.fairvote.org/ Drew Penrose heads the law and policy department at FairVote. He contributes to work around ranked choice voting, primary elections, election administration, and the Voting Rights Act. He and Rob Richie have co-authored two law review articles arguing for the use of ranked choice voting in legislative elections. Penrose has also helped draft and submit amicus curiae briefs in cases concerning voting rights, primary elections, and ballot access. Penrose earned a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2006, and a J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law in 2012. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona, where he has also published articles on public financing of elections in the Arizona Law Review and Arizona Attorney Magazine. To learn more about David Ernst and liquid democracy visit https://www.democracy.space
60 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
Seasteading: Experimenting with Thousands of Government Models to Find What Works
At The Seasteading Institute, we believe that experiments are the source of all progress: to find something better, you have to try something new. But right now, there is no open space for experimenting with new societies. That’s why we work to enable seasteading communities — floating cities — which will allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for how to live together. Patri received a BS in math from Harvey Mudd College, an MS in computer science from Stanford University, and an MBA from Cardean University. While in school he experimented with technology startups, ran a small consulting business, and co-founded two intentional communities. In 2004 he joined Google to work as a software engineer. In 2008 he left Google and founded The Seasteading Institute with seed funding from PayPal founder Peter Thiel. Patri is on the board of the Startup Societies Foundation, runs the angel fund Zarco Investment Group, and advises a variety of projects in the competitive governance space. He is also a prolific writer on philosophy, politics, and economics on Twitter and the blog Let A Thousand Nations Bloom. Patri comes from a line of great revolutionary thinkers, his grandfather Milton Friedman was the 1976 Nobel Laureate in economics, and his father David Friedman is a well-known political theorist and legal scholar. Patri lives with his wife Brit, and children Tovar, Iselle, and Honor in the Los Gatos Mountains in California.
72 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Meet The Futurologist who Wrote a Novel about the Liquid Democracy in 2050
Liquid Reign is a work of speculative fiction, imagineering a fairly liveable future in 2051, neither dys- nor utopian.Melting the boundaries between science and fiction into a novel format, each chapter provides links to the sources of inspiration influencing it – ranging from Jean Jacques Rousseau‘s social contract of 1762 to blockchain startups from 2018. "A vertiginous rollercoaster of ideas and a unique take on the future of (un)governance, delivered with irrepressible, unruly energy." – Jamie King of the Pirates, Host "Steal this Show" "Tim Reutemann has become one of my favorite big brain boys over the past few months. In his book Liquid Reign he explores the future of democracy and civics in a way I have never seen done before... " - TheBurgerkrieg, Edgy Youtuber "Liquid Reign is a SciFi Novel about technology and our future and AI an all sorts of awesome shit and how it's gonna affect our world" - Jarred "PiG" Krensel, Ex Pro-Starcraft Player and e-Sports commentator "Wooow, what a reading experience - truly immersive! A world with liquid democracy, artificial intelligence,universal basic income and a limit on wealth accumulation. After you‘ve read the book, you have a feeling of a possible future.“ – Raphel Fasko, Mastermind of the Circular Economy http://liquid-reign.com
55 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
It's Time to Reclaim the Vice Presidency
"The Constitution gives the American people the right to choose the vice president of the United States. That right was taken from us by the party ballot. That lack of democracy has corrupted the office, turning it into a presidential lap dog, instead of a representative of ‘We the People.’ It’s time for that approach to change. It’s time to reclaim the vice presidency for the American people. It’s time for us to elect the vice president. ” David Blake, co-founder of vice.run
52 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
The Movement to Fix America's Corrupt Political System
James Jameson is a versed campaign operative, bringing multi-faceted experience to RepresentUs. Starting off with fundraising for the 2012 Marriage Equality campaign in Maine, James has led canvass efforts in three states and field efforts in two. In the 2016 cycle, James served as the New Hampshire Out-of-State Director for Bernie Sanders before joining his National Advance Team, traveling to 27 states, and building rallies of thousands of people. Since first getting into political campaigning, James has been passionate about electoral reform, and was involved with Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting victory.
84 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Meet the AP Government Teacher Who Ran for Congress in Tennessee
Mariah Phillips (Democrat) was a candidate for Tennessee's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Phillips lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on August 2, 2018.
50 minutes | Aug 30, 2019
Common Objections to Liquid Democracy
This episode discusses some of the common objections raised against liquid democracy, and to what extent these objections may or may not have merit.
13 minutes | Aug 22, 2019
Meet the First Liquid Candidate Running for President: Ben Gleib
Ben Gleib is an American actor, comedian, satirist, and writer. In this video he is speaking at the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO's annual convention on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona. For 14 years he has been a political commentator for CNN, NPR, The Young Turks, and other popular outlets. He's an entrepreneur and a TV host, and he created the telethon for America to gather one million Americans to improve voter turnout. Ben is running as a liquid candidate for president of the United States in 2020. http://gleib2020.com Thanks to OHD for letting us use his track, "Priorities". Learn more about Liquid US at https://liquid.us
71 minutes | Aug 16, 2019
Historical and Theoretical Underpinnings of Democracy
John Montfort Dunn (born 9 September 1940) is emeritus Professor of Political Theory at King's College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Chiba University, Japan. Dunn's work focuses on applying a historical perspective to modern political theory. His early reputation was based upon the careful reconstruction of the political thought of John Locke: this benefited from Peter Laslett's critical edition of Locke's Two Treatises of Government. Together with his contemporary, the historian Quentin Skinner, and their mentor/colleague J. G. A. Pocock, he offered methodological prescriptions in the late 1960s which aimed at correcting the historical insensitivity of political science by reconstructing what past political thinkers intended to do in writing. Much of his subsequent work – reflective essays, edited collections, and several books – has tackled substantive issues in political theory, although his historical sense continues to inform a certain skepticism about the degree to which politics is ultimately amenable to reason. He is the author of The Cunning of Unreason (2001), a work that discusses how the limits of human knowledge and rationality prevent democratic republicanism from achieving all that it promises. His reflections upon the vicissitudes of democracy as a political ideal have continued with Setting the People Free: the Story of Democracy (2005).
84 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
What is the Future of Democracy?
Between the Trump administration and global rise of populism, the domination of money in politics and steady replacement of thoughtful exchange by partisan maneuvering … it’s easy to feel gloomy about the state of Democracy. And yet, lost in the headlines and trending topics is a growing movement of activists, technology solutions and imaginative thinking that are re-conceiving the very nature of Democracy. On May 29th at Manny’s, join us for a discussion of how digital democracy is rewriting the future of Democracy and how human-first structural reform may be a lot closer than you ever imagined. Panelists include: David Ernst: CEO of Liquid.US Agatha Bacelar: Candidate for US Congress in CA-12 David Evan Harris: Mixed Media Sociologist & Chancellor's Public Scholar, UC Berkeley Joshua Krafchin: Co-founder of Swing Left & Democracy Hacker Hosted by Manny's, a civic gathering space in San Francisco. Thanks to OHD for letting us use his track, "Priorities".
12 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
Liquid US General Update
This video gives supporters of Liquid US an overall understanding of what the organization has been up to recently, and where we plan to head next in order to promote our liquid democratic vision in America.
34 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
Meet Agatha Bacelar: The 27 Year Old Progressive Running for Congress Against Nanci Pelosi
https://www.agathaforcongress.com/ "I am a 27-year-old Brazilian-American immigrant and San Francisco resident running for U.S. Congress in California District 12. San Francisco has some of the youngest, most diverse, and technologically advanced residents of any district in the U.S. The technology dreamt up here ripples out to the entire world, and will continue to do so as another four billion people connect online in the next decade. AI, automation, and social media will continue to impact every aspect of our lives. We urgently need representatives with a sophisticated understanding of human-centered technology, and yet, only ten percent of our representatives in Congress today have a science or technology background. As a graduate of the product design engineering program at Stanford University, I’m running for Congress to change this. If there is one word to describe my campaign, that word would be proximity. As an immigrant raised by a single mom and the public education system, I have always been proximate to Dreamers, who I knew as neighbors, friends and schoolmates. Half of my family is from Brazil, home to the Amazon Rainforest, “the lungs of the world.” I feel a deeply personal connection to the urgency of the climate crisis. And Brazil’s fraught history of democracy is a warning on the importance of protecting and strengthening our democratic institutions. My work as a documentary storyteller has taken me around the country and the world, and I’ve had the privilege of getting proximate to the stories of communities underserved by our democracy: indigenous peoples, the incarcerated and paroled, asylum seekers and the undocumented. After seeing up close the human impact of policies in place today, running for Congress has become a moral imperative. I am a millennial which means I’m part of a generation set to inherit many crises: catastrophic climate change, perpetual war, record levels of inequality, school shootings, student debt, and public trust in government. Although millennials form the largest voting block in CA-12, it is a group with historically low voter turnout. This is not a sign of apathy so much as a recognition that the voices of ordinary citizens are being drowned out in the wash of dark and corporate money. I’m running for Congress to get big money out of politics; our grassroots campaign will not take corporate PAC money. With family here in the city and as a resident of the Mission District, I am proximate daily to the two faces of San Francisco–the great civic shame of homelessness in the midst of enormous wealth. This long standing problem spotlights a political status quo that is not serving all citizens. For a democracy that serves the 100%, we’re going to need new design thinking, and representatives who will listen to the people over the apparatus of power. Our city, our world is in deep need of change. That change is attainable, but we’re running out of time. Be a part of the democratic awakening and proud tradition of San Francisco’s history of revolutionary change. Let’s reclaim the legacy of protest against the status quo, continue the legacy of technological innovation and environmental activism, and create a new legacy of getting big money out of politics and expanding democratic participation to include everyone. Let's design a better future for a better quality of life for everyone in this diverse city!" -Agatha Bacelar
7 minutes | Jul 6, 2019
Deepfakes in a Liquid Democracy
The problem of deepfakes is one that has been discussed quite frequently in politics and news media lately. There is a growing concern that deepfakes can be used to decieve people into thinking that a well-known figure said something they didn't. How might a liquid democracy help ameliorate the negative effects of deepfakes in politics, by shifting the focus of political discussions from people to ideas?
39 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
Brett Hennig: Sortition - Election of Political Officials from a Random Sample
Brett Hennig co-founded and directors the Sortition Foundation, which campaigns to institute the use of stratified, random selection (also called sortition) in government. Before co-founding the Sortition Foundation, Brett wore a variety of hats: as a taxi driver, a software engineer, a social justice activist, a mathematics tutor, and the primary carer of four boys. He finished his PhD in astrophysics just before his first son arrived. After spending several disheartening years in civil society organisations and politics, Hennig became inspired by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's trilogy on political philosophy and began investigating and researching network forms of democracy. The resulting book, The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy, has been called "a book for visionaries" by New Internationalist contributing editor James Kelsey-Fry and was described as "a powerful critique and provocative alternative" by the late Professor Erik Olin Wright. Hennig has given many talks promoting sortition and has contributed a chapter, "Who needs elections? Accountability, Equality, and Legitimacy under Sortition" to the book Legislature by Lot: Transformative Designs for Deliberative Governance (Verso, 2019).
64 minutes | Jun 8, 2019
David Ernst & Cy Ray Interviewed on Liquid Democracy
David Ernst & Cy Ray are building Liquid Democracy which is a 21st century rethinking of Democratic Representation.
88 minutes | May 27, 2019
Jon Barnes: Democracy Squared - A Digital Revolution that's about to Democratise Democracy
Jon Barnes is a thinker and tinkerer, exploring alternatives to complex topics like education, work, democracy both in theory and through experimenting in my personal life. Learn more about his podcasts, talks and books via his website: http://jonbarnes.me/ On November 8, 2016, the night Donald Trump was elected President of The United States, John published his first book: "Democracy Squared", proposing ways to create a deeper and more distributed form of democracy supported by technology. Since publishing Democracy Squared Jon has spoken at TEDx, traveled Europe to share this vision, and worked on the board of world leading blockchain enabled direct democracy movements. Learn more about liquid democracy and David Ernst's work at https://liquid.us
81 minutes | May 27, 2019
All About Liquid US, Privacy, and Security
A lengthy explanation detailing our security and privacy practices, including an explanation of our proof of vote system.
51 minutes | May 22, 2019
Sara Wolk: STAR Voting Explained
Our current system: Currently elected county offices are filled using a "top two jungle primary" system involving a primary election in the spring and a general election in November. The election is non-partisan and no party labels show up on the ballot, so Democrats might be running against Democrats and Republicans running against Republicans. If a candidate gets a majority in the primary (50%+1 of the votes), that is the only candidate who appears on the November ballot -- even though many more voters show up for the November election. If no candidate gets a majority in the primary, the two candidates with the most votes go to the November ballot -- even though each of them got only a minority of the total vote in the primary. In the November election voters are given the choice of only the one or two candidates who made it through the spring primary. How STAR Voting would work: STAR stands for "Score Then Automatic Runoff," and also refers to the fact that voters can score any or all candidates on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 for no support and 5 for the most support) similar to giving 5 star ratings to a movie or restaurant. With STAR Voting there is no need for a primary election, so voters would vote only once, in November. This makes for a shorter campaign season focused on the summer and fall when people are paying more attention. It also makes it easier for candidates who don't have big donors to run a viable campaign. The ballot would still be nonpartisan, but instead of being limited to picking just one candidate, you can give a score to any or all candidates -- even giving the same score to two or more candidates you prefer equally. (Giving no score is counted as a zero.) When the ballots are counted two things determine the winner. First the scores for each candidate are added up across all of the ballots, and the two candidates with the highest total scores become "finalists." This shows they have relatively high and broad support from the voters. Second, the same ballots are used to determine which of those two finalist candidates was preferred by the most voters -- a simple majority vote with each ballot counting for one vote, with your vote going to the finalist you gave a higher score to. Summary of main benefits: No primary election, making it easier on candidates and more convenient for voters More expressive voting: voters can express their level of support for any or all candidates Fair to all candidates, with money being less of a factor Produces a winner with broad support Learn more about liquid democracy and David Ernst's work at https://liquid.us