Idea: Getting USAID to Use Alternative Voting Methods for ‘Crowd-funding’ Where Tax Dollars are Spent

As you can see, USAID’s logo includes the words “USAID, from the American people.”

This idea came to mind:

A Kickstarter/IndieGoGo-like experiment (“crowd-funding”)  to get American people to vote (using alternative voting methods) for what to fund/where money ‘should’ go.

It’s interesting to imagine this format applied to local tax-spending combined with alternative voting methods. People would then become used to alternative voting methods, which could eventually be applied to all voting systems.

Yes, there are interesting things being funded (examples), but without “democratic input.”  A side question is how much of foreign aid should not even be sent outside of America? We have our own problems. If we can solve more of our own problems (thereby empowering more citizens), there will be more people who will be able to contribute to helping others throughout the rest of the planet if they choose to do so (instead of having their taxes spent without their consent).

Also:

  • People refusing to pay taxes due to the various abuses of power we all know and despise
  • People put their unpaid taxes into a zipcode Kickstarter/IndieGoGo local government/alternative community government entity where they choose where the money goes (after a trusted entity is established).

We should question the whole idea of a nation. The book American Nations – A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodward (and one earlier book) shows how America consists of 9 to 11 rival cultures.

This might explain why there isn’t or cannot be “unity” in the United States. The land mass is united (minus earthquakes), but not the population(s). Nevermind competition for jobs (not uniting for jobs). We should also question why we think we need a president. Do we or do they? Congress? Senate? Treasury Department? Justice Department? State Department? Defense Department? Supreme Court? CIA? NSA? (etc) The whole structure should be under a microscope. More people should experiment with alternative community structures so we can have more proof of what works and how it works.

Update: A non-profit is transparently using crowd-funding to build 100 houses in Haiti in response to the failures of the Red Cross.

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