Yes, exactly. We'll have vastly more leaders in an IBDD system than in Representative Democracy, and the best way to get vision, inspiration, and hope out into a population is a diversity of leaders: everyone needs someone to look up to and follow, but if you have 1 or 2 leaders that's very very difficult.
We're just presuming the worst case scenario. If we can produce progress and good policy in the most selfish environment then we have a good system. On the other hand, if you have a system (like Rep Democ) that needs everyone to do a lot of reading and self-education to get a good result... well you won't get good results.
This is also true. Being greedy doesn't mean being Evil, and I don't think anyone should be blamed for looking out for themselves. The harsh reality of the universe is that it doesn't care if we live or die, and so we have to be self-interested to survive. Like many things I think the way we embody this is on a spectrum, on one end you have selfish, on the other selfless, and in the middle: self-full - you're still interested in yourself, you just care about everyone else too.
This is very true; we have a lot of trouble communicating what we're about because of this. People want to know where we stand before election day, but it's hard to get across that with Flux every day is election day, and we're not the one's doing the electing, they are.
Flux never says anything is good and right, just that each policy is a step on the journey to better policy, and sometimes we make mistakes (this is inevitable). What matters, then, is how we correct those mistakes.
Would you prefer IBDD if you knew that on day 1 offshore processing were voted through, but on day 10 it was repealed? Flux/IBDD will never endorse anything* just because it's passed through IBDD, what we endorse is the process.
- To clarify endorsement: we will 'endorse' member bills in Parliament, but only in the sense that we believe they should be voted on, not that we believe they're Right.
You may be right, but the only way we have right now to influence the political process is through a political party structure. It's a real pain sometimes, but it is what it is. Running in elections turns out to also be our best method of reaching people who might be interested in this sort of thing.
Greens and LNP teamed up to do that before the last federal election though
So we've thought about this in a few ways. The first is that we'd ideally like to become better than a political party for new organisations (who might be considered party-like). Basically we have a way - through IBDD - to have your members delegate to you, and then you to act on legislation with that power. How that works over the long run (members vote on policy, the leader determines what's the best policy, etc) doesn't really matter since it's a different layer to what we provide. The voting software XO.1 produces will facilitate that well.
Note: XO.1 is the startup founded by Nathan and I to produce a general and commercial version of the voting software Flux needs.