What Is Wicracy?
Wicracy is a technological system for use by political parties. The wicracy system allows all individual party members--i.e., the voters themselves, not a small set of elite party "insiders"--to write, debate and ratify their party's political platform. This user-generated platform is built and modified in real-time and is constantly changing in light of up-to-the-moment changes in the voters' positions on specific issues.
The term "wicracy" is a portmanteau of the word "wiki" and the ending "-cracy" in reference to user-generated content sites, such as Wikipedia, and political systems, particularly, democracy.
How Does Wicracy Work?
Wicracy users first propose "planks"--i.e., one-line policy statements on particular issues--to be included in their partys platform. Once a plank has been proposed, other users can review and debate the merits of the plank. Users can also take a position--yes or no--on whether the given plank should be included in the official platform of their party.
When enough users have taken a position on a given plank, a quorum is reached. Once a quorum has been reached, if a plan has a high enough percentage of "yes" positions, the plank is ratified and becomes adopted as part of the partys political platform on Wicracy.org.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Wicracy?
The benefits of a user-controlled political platform are numerous, including:
"We are using the catch phrase Total Democracy . . . [because] that is really what wicracy provides: a truly empowered electorate," explained Nicole Theiss, quality assurance lead for the Wicracy demonstration project of 2006. For more information on that project, see the Wicracy White Paper and Technical Disclosure Bulletin.
Where Can I Use Wicracy?
Only one party is currently set to offer wicracy to party members, The Humane Party. Voters who wish to participate in this cutting edge political process are encouraged to join The Humane Party and begin making their views official.