The Purpose of Live Forum TV

Creating a democracy is hazardous

Elections polarise politicians and the public

  • They stir anger and complaints
  • Election losers undermine the winners
  • Extremists add violence
  • Party politics and religions add to disputes and tensions

Copying old democracies is not a solution

Elections always provoke divisions and polarity

  • Party politics are competitive and confrontational
  • Most democracies create excessive debts
  • People dislike and distrust the system

A safe alternative

People need an alternative to protests and violence

Life After Democracy is a book for everyone

  • It is short and easy to read
  • It describes a new alternative – a safe solution
  • It offers an immediate course of action

Life after democracy gives the public a constructive role

Centred on televised public debates (Live Forum TV)

  • Starts quickly without elections
  • TV debates address practical issues
  • Speakers are normal men and women, not politicians
  • Experts add practical information

Debates create a new focus for public attention

The focus on practical issues means that political parties and religions have less influence

  • Fewer power struggles between parties
  • Less danger of politicians being ‘bought’ or bribed

Viewers vote on issues that affect their lives

TV viewers vote by phone or internet

  • to show they ‘like’ a speaker or statement
  • to choose between policy options

Voting always attracts TV audiences

The TV format stops aggressive or violent conduct

Speakers are guided away from anger and insults

  • The guidance is powerful and effective
  • Viewers learn why aggression does not work

Public opinion becomes well-informed and measurable

Better information produces more rational public opinion

  • A government is able to respond to rational opinion
  • Responding is safer than risking protests or civil war
  • Viewers learn that public desires are not the only consideration
  • Governments must consider costs, treaties etc as well

Representation of the people

Speakers are selected from different sectors of society

  • Viewers enjoy hearing people from normal backgrounds
  • Speakers with fewest ‘like’ votes are replaced
  • Replacements are chosen to maintain a cross-section of society

This is a new form of democracy

No voting for political or religious parties

  • The focus is on individuals and issues
  • Speakers who are ‘liked’ remain involved
  • Political parties and religion become less important
  • The format can be adjusted in the future -but there may be no need to change

How does it start?

The first Forum debate is recorded by a local TV broadcaster
assisted by the Live Forum Foundation in Switzerland

  • Government leaders see that it works safely
  • The Foundation publishes Life After Democracy

The book explains why debate must be constructive

Anger and insults are used by extremists to trigger violence
which can be difficult or impossible to stop

  • Nelson Mandela’s model avoids violence and revenge
  • National stability and security are preserved

The Foundation personnel have proven expertise

  • Safe management of sensitive political situations
  • Designing and directing successful reality TV
  • Training facilitators and speakers for TV debates

Immediate impact

The first debates show that the Forum is better and safer
than traditional democracy

  • The debate is broadcast
  • The government shows respect for public opinion
  • Participation in government has begun