Political party versus political platform

Political party definition:

“An organized group of people with roughly similar political aims and opinions that seeks to influence public policy by getting its candidates elected to public office.” (Electoral Knowledge Network, aceproject.org)

Political platform definition:

“An organized group of people with completely different political opinions that seeks to influence, measure, accept and represent real-time public opinion by getting its candidates elected to public office.” (Public Opinion Platform, poplatform.org)

The party:

The platform:

1. is the citizens’ tax-paid guardian – deciding on all your affairs for a period of time, while in government, as the guardian acts on behalf of a child;                 

1. is the citizens’ tax-paid lawyer – following your instructions on all your affairs, like the lawyer acts on behalf of an adult citizen;

2. makes politicians superior to other citizens, assuming that politicians have higher intelligence, better judgment and trustworthiness than the public;  

2. keeps politicians equal to other citizens, to represent the collective wisdom of real-time public opinion instead of ‘party positions’ or the ‘conscience’ of the politician;    

3. polarizes the population into opposing clusters and an additional cluster of political non-participation (in particular in de facto two-party systems);

3. unites the population in an ongoing decision-making community, and fragmenting the population into ever-changing issue-by-issue opinion groups;

4. makes promises to get elected – promises to be kept or not after the election;

4. makes one promise only: to follow citizens’ instructions, issue-by-issue;  

5. makes ‘package deal’ promises; you have to agree or at least accept all the policies that the party puts together for elections;

5. offers no package deals, but real-time consultations with citizens;  

6. makes with coalition partners last-minute deals, which are bound to break some of their own initial package deal promises;

6. makes no last minute deals because it cannot make coalitions with political parties, as it is bound by future public opinion;   

7. is able to ‘sell’ its future votes to lobbyists or other interested local, national or foreign entities.

7. is unable to sell its future votes to anyone as it is bound by future public opinion.  

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