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A Greater Representation of Viewpoints

The AEM strongly disapproves of the suppression of ideas, and insists that any idea should be publicly debated (except those debates that may undermine the security of the nation).

You might think that we live in a society that represents a broad range of ideas and philosophies, but you would be wrong. Within academia, economic rationalism has been used as the excuse to continually decrease the representation of many viewpoints and paradigms within philosophy, psychology, social sciences, and political science. Currently, our society could even have a lesser amount of philosophical debate than did the ancient Greeks, and because philosophy underwrites science, science is also lacking in the representation of different ideas and critical debate. The AEM intend to revitalize philosophy and science, and to make Australia the most intellectually diverse country in the world.

In politics, this situation is much worse due to the small number of political parties representing different philosophies, and the lack of media attention to views other than those of the major parties. Further, most political parties merely represent slight variations on the same theme (i.e. democratic-capitalism), as though this is all that there is to represent. Even when we are discussing a particular issue such as unemployment, there is a distinct lack of alternative ideas, and so we keep seeing the same old policies being re-applied (although they may be sold to the public in a different way and by different political parties) and consequently, these policies continue to keep the unemployment problem unchanged.

The AEM intends to create a system in which many different perspectives are represented in the policy and law-making processes within the society. Further, we intend to allow ordinary citizens the ability to proffer ideas, and to receive responses to these ideas, which can be challenged again and again until the argument is satisfied, or until the argument succeeds in changing governmental policy or law. These written debates will be posted on government websites so that everybody can see what these people had to say, how the state responded to them, and the debate that followed. Eventually, this website will be like a philosophical database, where we can refer people to issues that have already been debated, and from which new challenges can be made. We also intend to provide citizens access to resources, such as academic and media support, which allows citizens to challenge the state on any issue, and for these challenges to be aired on near prime-time television and radio broadcasts, which allows the person to acquire public support for his/her ideas or grievances. Such challenges to the state will also be responded to publicly (e.g. after these broadcasts), which allows the citizens to understand why the government has chosen to enact a particular policy or law.

Currently, when one objects to the way a government department is dealing with one, there is usually no point in arguing or pleading with the person that you get to speak to because this person is not in charge of creating policies, and so one's complaints, criticisms, or good ideas are futile. The AEM thinks that those people who play the role of interface between the government and the public should be able to send information in both directs (i.e. not just in the direction of the public) so that peoples' criticisms, complaints, and good ideas are acknowledged and do receive attention, and that these people receive a response to their complaint, etc from the government.


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