Pandemics, Nuclear Wars, Climate Change, Threats to Democracy, AI, and Inequality are among our major existential threats--that is to say, they stand in dramatic opposition to our 'collective interest' and The Democracy Problem itself concerns granting further powers to our 'collective will', when it exists.
Will our collective will act in our collective interests? Only with immediate and frequent practice. So hold a vote on something today, because there is no alternative: without strengthening our collective will our collective interests will be sidelined once again, and the stakes are only on the rise.
There's a more specific link as well between the items "AI" and "Threats to Democracy" on the list: Artificial Intelligence, to the extent that it operates democratically, is not "Artificial Intelligence" at all, but what is also called "Collective Intelligence"--so when Musk says "Oh, AI is a threat so it should be under democratic control" he misses that it should in fact, not exist in virtue of operating like a real-time democracy of its users and developers, who must be the same people, being democratically *designed*, and continuously redesigned. The lag time between what we know if we watch YouTube and what the state will do has become only more and more obviously unacceptable--today's government is like a 2400-baud modem compared to what we need in a crisis--if AI is faster than democracy, democracy stands to lose out, so we must ask how to vote both more frequently, and more efficiently.
We can establish more "Democracy At Work":
We can establish more democracy in K-12 schools: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudbury_school
We can establish more democracy in post-secondary education:
We can establish directer democracy in government: https://stealthisshow.com/s01e11/
And we can experiment with "Collective Action" on all scales, in all shapes and forms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1987161627985471
It is also increasingly becoming possible to participate in democratic governance of monetary policies in cryptocurrency--smart contracts will open a large space of possibility for experimentation with voting, especially because censorship-resistant so-called 'web3' websites are now a thing:
We can also undermine the current advertising model that has both accelerated and corrupted the democratic conversation:
Our collective will can exist only by constant exercise. Our collective will alone will oppose that which thwarts the collective interest but serves the 1%--and that's the other link, because extreme inequality means the rich will just buy votes.
p.s. especially since Citizen's United:
[this is why it's good there are now UBI projects using crypto: https://blog.kleros.io/introducing-ubi-universal-basic-income-for-humans/ ]
p.p.s. increasing democracy also partly addresses The Nuclear Threat, since as they say, "liberal democracies rarely go to war with one another", or something like that... hey, if you have a better strategy for world peace than 'more democracy' I've not the faintest what it is--it's time to explore "The Logical Space of Democracy": https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/222958.pdf
p.p.p.s, for an historical, then philosophical, then financial summary of the crypto space, see
-- you'll see how it aligns on these points, and even JBP is starting to agree as you'll see discussed on lex's show there and in the comments here:
[Finally, the other thing to realize is that, as we see the rise of smart contracts, there will in fact be a conflict of legal systems--how will the new contracts work? Literally everyone with a computer has a say today with sufficient education! LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/adamgolding/posts/10108221461287752