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Dutch and TJ
In a way I have to agree. The current political players will not want to change things for two main reasons: (1) It is hard for them to change the system of power gathering that gave them the power, and (2) they are extremely busy people: try to imagine a fireman trying to install smoke alarms in a burning building! We should not expect any help from the current or a future crop of elected politicians.
A concept like the TDG will be built alongside the current system (and as the current system crumbles). It need only 1% (maybe even less) of the population to start building it: it need not get permission from 50%+1 of the citizenry . Involvement in this early TDG should be around 10 to 20 hours a month. The activities at this early stage should center around the experimenting of the democratic structure plus developing a new culture for democratic participation. During this early stage, the building of the TDG will be under the radar of the media and political parties.
There are three more stages to go through before the TDG assumes authority and responsibility for governance. As it is going through these stages, the TDG membership will grow and the general citizenry will trust and respect it more as time passes. This handover to the TDG, which will be similar to a losing political party ceding power to a winning political party, should be accompanied by legislative approval and a general referendum of the citizenry.
But it all starts with the 1% deciding their legacy will be that 10 to 20 hours a month to start things off.