“Egora” is a contraction of “electronic” and “agora”. “Agora” is an ancient Greek term meaning “gathering place”. For the ancient Greeks the agora of a town served as the center of public life, where people could socialize, do business, and hold discussions. Egora follows in that ancient Greek spirit, but its main function is to enable a new form of democratic organization, one that is rational, efficient, and incorruptible – i.e. Intelligent Democracy.

To explain it most briefly, Egora enables everyone to

  • develop their own political philosophy out of various ideas,
  • determine which ideas are most strongly supported by the people,
  • organize meetings to examine and deliberate any ideas, and
  • use a simple algorithm to find the true representatives of the public will.

However, Intelligent Democracy would not be possible without a community that is dedicated to using reason to make sense out of a chaos. Thus, Egora is actually the home of the International Logic Party (ILP), and we have built Egora to organize ourselves. We want philosophers to have the advantage over demagogues in politics, and Egora makes our mission possible. But you do not have to be a member of the ILP to use Egora. We want democracy to be available to everyone, and we invite you to use Egora to develop and express your philosophy regardless of your affiliations. Furthermore, because Egora technology is so versatile, it is possible for any other community to use Egora to democratically organize themselves too.

Lastly, Egora is free to use and protected by Copyleft. If you are dissatisfied with this Egora, you can create your own version of it, and you can use the code of this Egora to start. Egora welcomes all competition. May the best ideas win!

Egora: Version Σ
(archived: January 7, 2019)

Idea Dominance Index
Idea Dominance Index
 

This in not a broad search function but a filter for specific terms or phrases. For example, you can enter "freedom of speech" to display an index of ideas that contain this particular text.

Additionally, when writing an idea pertaining to a specific topic, include all of the typical phrases associated with that topic to ensure that those who are filtering for it will find it.

#1
Universal
IDI Points:
161
Supporters:
10
Universal Basic Income:
In our sophisticated society with a complex economy we recognize that, while we must incentivize people to be productive members of our society, the value of the contributions of some members to society cannot easily be gauged by their activity in the market (for example, parents, artists, philosophers, community servants, etc.). Furthermore, we recognize that markets can fail to reward people despite their best efforts to be productive. For this reason, we should institute a Universal Basic Income (UBI).
#2
Universal
IDI Points:
97
Supporters:
6
Definition of Justice; Criminal justice system reform

Section 1.
Justice is the friendship of strangers.

Section 2.
The focus of the criminal justice system shall be on rehabilitation—especially through education, life-coaching, and job training—rather than on punishment. Those who cannot be reformed sufficiently for eventual return to society shall be given a choice between continued institutionalization or release into a well-guarded, natural location.
#3
Universal
IDI Points:
94
Supporters:
8
Personal Liberty; Romantic Liberty; Philosophical and Religious Liberty

Section 1.
All people have the right to life and pursuit of their own happiness, as long as they do not actively deprive others of the same.

Section 2.
All people have the right to select partners of their own preference – the bond between two consenting adults is no one's concern but their own. The organs of the state are in place only to assist romantic couples, not to impede them, and will do so equally for all couples.

Section 3.
#4
Universal
IDI Points:
92
Supporters:
6
Voting Reform; Ballot Access

Section 1.
Voting is not a simple nor self-evident process. In fact, there are various voting systems (plurality, approval, ranked-choice, range, Condorcet, etc.), and they can produce very different results. Some systems can even deteriorate the dynamics of democracy within the voting population by forcing the voters to vote "strategically" rather than authentically, which in turn enables certain interest groups to artificially divide the public and exploit that for their own advantage.
#5
Universal
IDI Points:
73
Supporters:
7
Human society is best served when every child is afforded the opportunities to prosper and thrive in the human community and society, regardless of the wealth and personal life choices of their parents. This includes the basic needs of sustenance, shelter, protection, and healthcare, plus the education of language, nutrition, farming, conflict resolution, fiscal planning, culture, sciences, physical fitness, self-defense, arts, philosophy (logic, critical thinking, ethics, meditation), and market-based economics.
#6
Universal
IDI Points:
64
Supporters:
6
Fairness & Economics; Government & Fairness; Government & Economics

Section 1.
The market system is the only method for a society to relate the value of goods that make life possible, such as food, to goods that make life enjoyable, such as art, in a way that is fair to the preferences of everyone. Thus, the market system should be the basis of any economy.

Section 2.
The government should not play any role in influencing the behavior of market participants by favoring anyone through subsidies, price controls, barriers to entry, or taxes, except those that are necessary for strategic interests of national defense, establishing minimum standards of consumer safety, and accounting for externalities.
#7
Universal
IDI Points:
64
Supporters:
4
International Liberation Task Force to overthrow oppressive regimes

Around the world there are many oppressive regimes that violate the basic standards for a decent human life:
- freedom of bodily autonomy
- freedom of sexuality,
- freedom of gender,
- freedom of philosophy,
- freedom of religion,
- freedom of speech,
- freedom of assembly,
- freedom of travel,
- and freedom of business.
These regimes are not in power because the people want them in power but because one group of people has strategically maneuvered themselves into positions of power, and they violently suppress any opposition to their hegemony.
#8
Universal
IDI Points:
60
Supporters:
6
Medical care is not an ordinary good; Role of government in medical care; Funding of medical care; Practical implementation

Section 1.
Medical care is not an ordinary good in the marketplace.  The reasons for this fact are numerous. Mainly, what sets medical care apart is that the greatest costs in medical care are not the consequence of easily detectable and alterable behavior patterns of the consumers but rather due to a variety of factors that are unfair, hidden, and complicated. For example, the burdens bestowed upon us by our genetics can be distributed very unfairly in a population.
#9
Universal
IDI Points:
60
Supporters:
6
Theory of taxation

In order to realize certain values and goals that we hold in common (or compromise to tolerate) in our society—which, for whatever reason, are not best realized through free participation in a market economy—we give our governing bodies the right to levy certain taxes upon us. These taxes consist of six specific types, and each plays its own economic role in distributing the tax burden fairly and efficiently. The specific amounts of each tax are to be determined as needed to cover all government expenditures on the various programs to realize our values and goals.
#10
Universal
IDI Points:
58
Supporters:
4
In order to reduce the impact of our society on the environment and to enhance the stability of both our society and the environment, we must make every effort to minimize the production of waste materials. This should be achieved primarily through programs that financially incentivize the consumers to segregate and recycle their waste materials. Second, we should sponsor community programs that educate the public how to reduce the amount of waste we produce and how to dispose of potentially hazardous waste.
#11
Universal
IDI Points:
55
Supporters:
4
Orphaned children are the most vulnerable members of our society, and they must be given by society every possible effort to experience the natural comforts of a loving family and an enriching upbringing.
     The implementation of this goal should primarily revolve around making the process of adoption as easy as possible for any person or couple able to raise children. Naturally, this will involve adequate resources for confirming the performance of such parents.  
     For children who are still unable to find individual homes—in addition to the basic needs of food, shelter, healthcare, and education—we must provide a protective, nurturing, and proactive community.
#12
Universal
IDI Points:
52
Supporters:
3
University education should be FREE!

This idea is based on: https://egora-ilp.org/ideas/730

The job-specific institutions mentioned in the referenced idea could actually ask for money. Those institutions are like training hubs: they just train the students on how to do job X. It's like going to the gym; it's a paid service - but you have access to all training machines and probably to coaches as well.

On the other hand, universities are for those people who just want to learn, want to know, and want to find out how this universe works or what this universe is.
#13
Universal
IDI Points:
49
Supporters:
5
Environmentally-friendly, sustainable energy

In order to reduce the destructive impact of our society on the environment and to enhance the stability of both our society and the environment, we must make immediate efforts to switch the vast majority of our energy infrastructure (at least civilian) to sources of energy that are not destructive to the environment. In the short to mid term, this means relying mainly on energy from these sources: solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, and nuclear fission. In the long term, this means developing nuclear fusion technology for a practically unlimited source of energy.
#14
Universal
IDI Points:
49
Supporters:
4
Right to abortion of pregnancy

Abortion of a pregnancy is the right of the pregnancy-carrier––even after the time when the developing organism can reasonably be deemed a person––until the time of birth or delivery. As troubling as this position may be to those who are concerned for the welfare of the unborn baby as a person and want to protect it as a member of our society, we must say that this is not a position we take without difficulty because we also care for the welfare of other persons, including that of an unborn baby, but we find that there are sufficient justifications for holding this position.
#15
Universal
IDI Points:
47
Supporters:
6
Genital mutilation––especially male and female circumcision for cultural, traditional, religious, or ritual reasons––of persons under the age of 18––i.e. children and adolescents––should be illegal.

The only exceptions to this rule should be only for medical reasons specific to each individual and on a completely voluntary basis.
#16
Universal
IDI Points:
44
Supporters:
3
The education system should cater for the diverse needs & talents of learners. It's primary function must be to develop students' capacity to think, discover and 'problem-solve'. There should be a variety of schools, with different specialties, at each level. Opportunities must be provided for children to engage in  activities related to their individual interests. Early childhood education programs should promote hands-on learning, as well as emotional intelligence and social skills because these contribute to the development of healthy, well-balanced adults who can make useful contributions to society.
#17
Universal
IDI Points:
43
Supporters:
3
The most fundamental component of reducing overall violence and suffering in the world is to ensure freedom from captivity for all animals (including humans). To achieve this goal, no one should be allowed to hold captive any other animal, especially to breed them or to harm them at a latter time.

     Please watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pO1eOWJtEY

     Please see:
https://www.anonymousforthevoiceless.org/kill-counter
#18
United States of America
IDI Points:
34
Supporters:
3
The President of the United States should be elected by a majority of the nationwide popular vote, and not via the current "Electoral College" system. This can be either achieved via a constitutional amendment or via state laws awarding Electoral College delegates of said state to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, not the statewide popular vote.
#19
Universal
IDI Points:
33
Supporters:
3
Planet Earth and Land Ownership; Freedom of Migration and Practical Restrictions; Local Autonomy; Territorial Reallocation

Section 1.    
Planet Earth belongs to all of its inhabitants equally. The only true and natural sense of land ownership beyond that is owning only the land that you are currently using, which is the space on which you are currently standing. Any act to displace a person from that land is essentially an act of war.
     However, for the sake of increasing productivity and raising our quality of life, certain factions, such as humans, can enter into limited and superficial agreements of land ownership, such as for farming or building dwellings.
#20
Universal
IDI Points:
32
Supporters:
3
Abortion of a pregnancy is the right of the pregnancy-carrier until the time when the developing organism is reasonably deemed a person, at which point the organism becomes protected as a member of the human society. One exception to this is when the pregnancy endangers the life or health of the pregnancy-carrier, in which case the pregnancy may be ended at a latter time, at the discretion of the pregnancy-carrier. Another exception to this is when the child will be born with medical conditions that significantly adversely affect the child’s quality of life, in which case the pregnancy may be ended at a latter time, at the discretion of the parents.
#21
Universal
IDI Points:
32
Supporters:
3
Environmentally-friendly, sustainable energy

In order to reduce the destructive impact of our society on the environment and to enhance the stability of both our society and the environment, we must make immediate efforts to switch the vast majority of our energy infrastructure (at least civilian) to sources of energy that are not destructive to the environment. In the short term, this means relying more on natural sources of energy, such as: solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal. In the long term, this means developing nuclear fusion technology for a practically unlimited source of energy.
#22
Universal
IDI Points:
30
Supporters:
5
All military service should be on a completely voluntary basis

No person should ever be coerced into serving in the armed forces of any country, and a military draft should be considered as unacceptable according to our ethical standards. Therefore, if a country is under attack and must defend itself against aggression, a sufficient military force should be raised solely by relying on market forces, mainly in the form of attractive compensation packages, tiered based on the combat roles and associated dangers.
#23
Universal
IDI Points:
30
Supporters:
3
Voting system reform; Fair ballot access; No partisan identification on ballot; No public financing of partisan processes; Elimination of campaign finance restrictions

Section 1.
Voting is not a simple nor self-evident process. In fact, there are various voting systems (plurality, approval, range/score, ranked-choice, Condorcet, etc.), and they can produce very different results. Some systems can even deteriorate the dynamics of democracy within the voting population by incentivizing the voters to vote strategically rather than authentically, which in turn enables certain interest groups to artificially divide the public and exploit that for their own advantage.
#24
Universal
IDI Points:
29
Supporters:
3
Nature of reality; Human capacity for understanding reality; Mechanics of reality; Ethics; Rights; Trust in politics

Section 1.
Reality is a fundamentally mysterious duality between the realm of [subjective] experience (aka consciousness) and the realm of physics (time, space, matter, and energy). It seems that we will never learn which is ‘most real’ because the realm of experience appears to be generated by the realm of physics while the realm of physics is dependent on and can be reduced to experience. The two are inextricably interdependent on one another, like “two sides of the same coin”.
#25
Universal
IDI Points:
29
Supporters:
2
PREMISE:  People, often those in poverty, are unknowingly locked in a vicious cycle of malnutrition and lack of micronutrients, debilitating stress from lack of resources and support systems, and disempowering belief systems which wire our brains and send us chemical signals that make us react in maladaptive ways.  If we can put the pieces of the puzzle together, we can move past this cycle into a healthier society based on healthier individuals.

BACKGROUND:
I have struggled my whole life with this feeling that I couldn’t figure out how to make the “right” decisions that would keep me out of trouble with people during stressful situations.
#26
Universal
IDI Points:
28
Supporters:
6
Esperanto in Schools and Citizen Assemblies:

We should teach Esperanto in schools as the global language for the human species. Firstly, for the obvious reasons of being an almost universally easy language to learn with only three tenses, changing only a vowel to change a tense.  Esperanto has an established culture of humanism, inclusivity and cooperation dating back more than 150 years.  It is a gentle, forward thinking notion of around two million people.  It did have a tiny renaissance over the last couple of years that seemed to be directly tied to the upturn in Veganism.
#27
Universal
IDI Points:
28
Supporters:
3
Municipal Transit-
1. Municipal public transit should be free to the commuters, funded by taxpayer dollars. This would reduce congestion in cities; it would reduce energy consumption of our societies; and it would bring people closer together as a society and community. By being publicly funded it would provide encouragement to commuters to use public transit, thereby normalizing its use.

2. Our cities must be more conducive to bicycle and small vehicle transportation, with safe and convenient "bicycle lanes".
#28
Universal
IDI Points:
27
Supporters:
4
In our modern times, as our societies adjust to the acceptance of non-simplistic, non-binary genders—i.e. genders other than female women and male men—gender-based organization of toilet and bathroom access has become a common topic of vigorous public debate. Specifically, public toilet and bathroom facilities are usually divided into “women” and “men” chambers, where transgender and other-gendered people frequently find themselves unwelcome from using either of the chambers. Issues of safety and comfort are typically raised, especially regarding women and children.
#29
Universal
IDI Points:
27
Supporters:
3
Voting system reform; Fair ballot access; No partisan identification on ballot; No public financing of partisan processes; Elimination of campaign finance restrictions

Section 1.
Voting is not a simple nor self-evident process. In fact, there are various voting systems (plurality, approval, range/score, ranked-choice, Condorcet, etc.), and they can produce very different results. Some systems can even deteriorate the dynamics of democracy within the voting population by incentivizing the voters to vote strategically rather than authentically, which in turn enables certain interest groups to artificially divide the public and exploit that for their own advantage.
#30
Universal
IDI Points:
27
Supporters:
2
Voting Reform

Voting is not a simple nor self-evident process. In fact, there are various voting systems (plurality, approval, ranked-choice, Condorcet, etc.), and they can produce very different results. Some systems can even deteriorate the dynamics of democracy within the voting population by forcing the voters to vote "strategically" rather than authentically, which in turn enables certain interest groups to artificially divide the public and exploit that for their own advantage.
#31
Universal
IDI Points:
25
Supporters:
5
Funding of higher education; Administration of higher education

Section 1.
While basic education is that which is minimally necessary for a person to be a moderately functioning citizen and worker in our complex society, we recognize that higher education yields even greater benefits, both to the person and to their society. First, it makes one a well-rounded and more understanding citizen, capable of imagining and designing a better future for all of us. Second, it makes one a much more productive worker, capable of delivering much more value to themself and to others.
#32
Universal
IDI Points:
24
Supporters:
3
Monetary Policy; Budget Deficit; Government Borrowing

Section 1.    
The amount of money (hard cash, a.k.a. M-0) provided by a government to an economy shall be an amount that is fixed to the size of the population. Should the size of the population significantly increase or decrease, the amount of money will be adjusted through a popular referendum. In case of an increase of the money supply, the additional money will be distributed through equal disbursements to the population (citizens and permanent residents).
#33
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
4
Eliminate “Daylight Savings Time”

Daylight Savings Time (DST) is an absurd molestation of our natural bodily rhythm and it disrespects our connection to the natural world. It is irrelevant what the arguments are in favor of DST because the concept is flawed at the core - noon is noon and no one should have the right to manipulate this for anyone else. Granted, the concept of timezones does skew noon for most locations, but it is an extremely important compromise for the interconnectedness of our world, and it is tolerably stable and typically unnoticeable.
#34
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
4
Right to abortion of pregnancy

Abortion of a pregnancy is the right of the pregnancy-carrier––even after the time when the developing organism can reasonably be deemed a person––until the time of birth or delivery. As troubling as this position may be to those who are concerned for the welfare of the unborn baby as a person and want to protect it as a member of our society, we must say that this is not a position we take without difficulty because we also care for the welfare of other persons, including that of an unborn baby, but we find that there are sufficient justifications for holding this position.
#35
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
3
The Federal Reserve System of central banking in USA is a scam to covertly tax, indebt, and control the American people. We must eliminate the Federal Reserve System and replace it with a money supply that is under the control of the people and not subject to manipulation.

Please watch
"Century of Enslavement - The History of The Federal Reserve"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5IyUFqUN88

And
"The Creature from Jekyll Island"
https://www.youtube.
#36
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
2
Voting Reform

Voting is not a simple nor self-evident process. In fact, there are various voting systems (plurality, approval, ranked-choice, Condorcet, etc.), and they can produce very different results. Some systems can even deteriorate the dynamics of democracy within the voting population by forcing the voters to vote "strategically" rather than authentically, which in turn enables certain interest groups to artificially divide the public and exploit that for their own advantage.
#37
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
1
Parenting should always be, first and foremost, about the passing down of values you hold to your descendants. Genetics is purely a secondary consideration.
#38
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
1
I owe nothing to anyone.
#39
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
1
SELF-GOVERNING, AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY ECONOMIES  to enable an equal chance of success for all.

Visit the website (may be under construction):  OneWorld411.com, UNIVERSAL COMMUNITY PROJECT & HEALED EARTH MARKETPLACE

THE INSPIRATION:
(Inspired by the Universal Community Project Team, Illia Dorosh's Idea "Gratitude As Income," egora-ilp.org/ideas/802,    Sherwin Shao's Idea, "Universal Community Project," egora-ilp.org/ideas/875, and Joe Benham’s idea “The Philosophy of the Commons,” egora-ilp.org/ideas/453)  

WHAT IF THE GOAL IS A HAPPY, HEALTHY FAMILY?

Adapted from Sherwin Shao’s Egora idea 875:
What if economic growth and winning were no longer the goals?  Communities are fractured and unhealthy, people do not even know how to connect anymore.
#40
Universal
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
1
Nature of reality; Our capacity for understanding reality; Mechanics of reality; Ethics; Rights; Trust in politics

Section 1.
Reality is a fundamentally mysterious duality between the realm of [subjective] experience (aka consciousness) and the realm of physics (time, space, matter, and energy). It seems that we will never learn which is ‘most real’ because the realm of experience appears to be generated by the realm of physics while the realm of physics is dependent on and can be reduced to experience. The two are inextricably interdependent on one another, like “two sides of the same coin”.
#41
United States of America
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
1
Use technology to provide a simple path for everyone to participate in the crafting of the legal code.
#42
Universal
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
2
In a society that is capable of effectively addressing the needs for security, prosperity, and self-expression of its residents, weapons of mass destruction—such as firearms with a high rate of fire and high capacity magazines—are completely unnecessary for self-defense – instead they only glorify and incentivize violence towards our fellow residents. For this reason such weapons should not be allowed to be retained by ordinary citizens, and reserved only for the highly trained and highly disciplined personnel of law enforcement and territorial defense.
#43
Universal
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
1
Rights that governments should guarantee include:
1. Freedom of expression, belief, and association.
2. Justice under the rule of law.
3. Freedom to select and pursue a trade and vocation in line with your desires and abilities, in accordance with what the market has made or can make available.
4. Health care, both preventive and corrective.
5. Educational development and the well-being of children and young adults.
6. An optimally safe environment in which to live.

In return, members of society are obliged to:
1. Lead productive lives.
2. Obey or participate in the changing of laws through means provided within the system.
#44
Universal
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
1
The 34 Holistic Principles can be viewed at https://oneworld411.com/index.php/donations/ (scroll down), or view for free The Holistic Governance Workbook in its entirety, including three versions of the principles, from short to certification language, at: https://oneworld411.com/index.php/the-new-constitution-workbook/.

PREMISE:  Systems built on unchanging edicts do not adapt to an evolving population, causing the collapse of previously functional systems, particularly governments.  The website-based OneWorld411.
#45
United States of America
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
1
The Gender Pay Gap is Not Due to Sex Discrimination: Oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act  

Lois Digges  

Feminist activists claim that, compared to men, women make 77 cents on the dollar. If data is controlled for occupation, industry, hours, experience, age, education, and marital status, a wage gap remains, but at only 5% less than men (as calculated by Glass Door) or as little as 2% (as calculated by Payscale). Is this a gap wide enough for national legislation to address?  

O'Neill, “an economist who has probably studied wage gaps as much as anyone alive” (Hymowitz), examined data from 5,600 wage-earners and found that the wage gap disappears if only childless women are considered.
#46
Universal
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
1
In our current system, we're often fighting to adjust the minimum wage. But, what if we went in the opposite direction. Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota, has proposed a "maximum wage". The maximum wage would be set at $1 million dollars a month, or $12 million a year. The first million you earn would be tax free. After that, you're taxed at 90%. At a 90% tax rate, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk would still be wealthy beyond anyone's wildest dreams, but the amount of money they're hoarding would be lessened.
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