Elon Musk

Tesla Motors and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk (who dreams of making humans an interplanetary and space-faring species) predicts that the first humans will travel to Mars on his own spaceflight company SpaceX eight years from now, arriving on the red planet by 2025. And he has some rather utopian ideas for how the government there should work. For one, Musk is …

Diem25

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is now a pop culture icon and political legend. Following his resignation from office after the people of Greece voted ‘no’ to austerity bailout measures in July last year, the disillusioned bad boy of European politics returned with a vengeance. In February 2016, the self-described “erratic Marxist” along with activists and arguers from across Europe …

Democracy OS

Many of our so-called modern democracies still run the same way they did almost two centuries ago. With citizens being given the opportunity to participate in the political process once every few years, while their elected representatives get away with quite a bit in the meantime. Argentinean political scientist Pia Mancini saw this up close while working for the Unión …

Pirate Party

It all started in the fall of 2005 when Rickard Falkvinge, a Swedish IT entrepreneur (now a political evangelist) who started his first company when he was just 16, felt a need to have a political party focused on the issues of file sharing, copyright, and patents. By December that year, he registered his domain name and on January 1, …

IRI Europe

IRI is a transnational think-tank that provides news, analysis, facts and comment on all aspects of the initiative and referendum (I&R) process, one of the most powerful political trends in Europe at the beginning of the 21st century. Most national constitutions of today do provide some basic I&R opportunities. But far too often, these instruments are designed in such a …

Citizens In Charge

It’s all about reforming the great American Democracy through a citizen initiative. Why? Because citizen control of government is not merely desirable, it is absolutely essential. A 501(c)(4) citizen-powered advocacy group, Citizens in Charge has been working directly with public officials and voters since 2001 to protect and spread ballot initiative rights across all 50 states. So far, 24 states …