Peter Monien is a ‘political refugee’ from Germany who lives in Switzerland. He has become increasingly disenchanted with what politicians are deciding in the name of the people and are doing with public funds, mostly unknown to the electorates they pretend to represent. After the 2007 financial crisis (and the subsequent lack of accountability at every economic and political level), he has lost faith in mainstream politics.
Peter’s attempts to understand what led to these catastrophic outcomes, which are evidently not in the best interests of the average citizen, drove him to become a systems thinker in order to better understand the complex interrelated and interdependent parts of our political systems, with a view to effecting urgent change.
In August 2018, Peter decided to step forward and develop a new, truly democratic counterproposal to the current entrenched political system.
This journey led him over the political precipice and into the abyss of current political systems, arriving at an analysis of their weaknesses in order to propose a range of possible solutions that play to the strengths of true democracy.
The results of his research and proposal for a new kind of grassroots democratic political party, the ‘Proxy Party,’ can be found in his books Upgrading Democracy and Achieving True Democracy.
Peter’s broad background in banking, economics, business administration, including market development and sales, gives him a unique insight into business and communications systems. As systems thinker and co-founder and former board member of the largest German freelancer cooperative, Peter is uniquely equipped to formulate and deploy actionable ideas that positively impact large-scale organizations, institutions and processes. Since 2014, he has been looking into how decentralized systems can be applied to achieve these goals for a fairer and more egalitarian society.
Why do you write books about Direct Democracy?
In the last years, I increasingly wondered what will be left of democracy when the current worldwide trend continues. And I started to think about how we can reverse this trend and inject more democracy into our political systems.
After my research, I concluded that purely representative democracy is not going to solve this problem (and many other important problems).
I studied systems with a direct democratic corrective like the Swiss model and found them to be the better (yet still improvable) alternative.
In my research for potential improvements, I constantly stumbled over one aspect:
”But how can we achieve to integrate a strong direct democratic influence on politics when the incumbent players are not interested in this kind of political innovations? They have the power, so why should they give it up?”
Inspired by an article about a “Proxy Candidate”, who promised to vote as his constituents tell him to, I came up with my idea of a “Proxy Party”.
My books describe a realistic, directly implementable solution that doesn’t ask for permission but simply creates a people’s champion in parliament who we need to improve our situation. A champion acting effectively and efficiently whom we have a direct influence on, who leaves decisions to us, who comes with safeguards for information processes and democratic processes and transfers our decisions 1:1 to parliament. It will also come with safeguards that it stays this way.
For more detailed information pleased go to: https://upgradingdemocracy.com/.
What book of yours should I read first?
I would recommend reading my newest book “Achieving True Democracy“ first. This is a condensed and updated version of my book “Upgrading Democracy” and concentrates on the idea of the Proxy Party itself.
My older book "Upgrading Democracy" comes with an analysis of the weaknesses of the current system and more details on the implementation of this new breed of party.
This is a book for frustrated (non) voters who are interested in politics but fed up with politicians and the situation of only being able to choose the lesser evil.
It is for voters who believe in democracy and seek a realistic solution as next step to solve our representational crisis.
Why continue to write politicians a “blank political check” for successive four-year terms when this practice patently does not serve the people it pretends to represent? This book describes a realistic and actionable plan to solve the representation crisis and create a people's champion in parliament.