“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
Views: 11
IDI Points:
123
Supporters:
7
Rating:
2.000
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...
#2
Universal
Views: 3
IDI Points:
78
Supporters:
5
Rating:
0.000
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...
#3
Universal
Views: 29
IDI Points:
71
Supporters:
6
Rating:
2.500
Basic Income (BI); Amount of BI; Funding and administration of BI; Replacement of other programs by BI; Qualifying for the BI; Further argumentation

Section 1.
In our sophisticated society with a complex economy we recognize that, while we must incentivize people to be productive members of our...
#4
Universal
Views: 1
IDI Points:
70
Supporters:
4
Rating:
0.000
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...
#5
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
62
Supporters:
5
Rating:
0.000
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...
#6
Universal
Views: 4
IDI Points:
58
Supporters:
5
Rating:
3.000
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...
#7
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
54
Supporters:
5
Rating:
0.000
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...
#8
Universal
Views: 1
IDI Points:
48
Supporters:
5
Rating:
3.000
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...
#9
Universal
Views: 29
IDI Points:
48
Supporters:
5
Rating:
3.000
Planet Earth and Land Ownership; Freedom of Migration and Practical Restrictions; Local Autonomy; Territorial Reallocation; Decolonization of the World; The Wild

Section 1.    
Planet Earth belongs to all of its inhabitants equally. The only natural sense of land ownership beyond that is owning...
#10
Universal
Views: 9
IDI Points:
46
Supporters:
2
Rating:
3.000
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 (a.k.a. consciousness) and the realm of physics (time, space, matter, and energy)...
#11
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
45
Supporters:
4
Rating:
0.000
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...
#12
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
44
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
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...
#13
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
42
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
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...
#14
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
40
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
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...
#15
Universal
Views: 6
IDI Points:
39
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.500
Inheritance should be just a percentage of the property and monetary funds of the parents, ( not the whole amount). The rest should be distributed between the rest of the population. This way children of wealthy parents will be encouraged to make their own money instead of relying on their parents...
#16
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
39
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
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...
#17
Universal
Views: 1
IDI Points:
36
Supporters:
3
Rating:
3.000
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...
#18
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
35
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
We have an extreme problem with gun violence. And extreme problems call for extreme measures.

First, we need to vote out all politicians standing in the way of gun control measures. Their argument that gun violence is a mental health issue, not a gun issue, is not valid. There are people with mental...
#19
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
32
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
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)...
#20
Universal
Views: 2
IDI Points:
31
Supporters:
6
Rating:
2.000
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...
#21
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
31
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
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...
#22
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
30
Supporters:
4
Rating:
0.000
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...
#23
Universal
Views: 1
IDI Points:
30
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
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...
#24
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
29
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
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)...
#25
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
28
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
Prostitution should be completely legal but financially disincentivized; Dealing with kidnappers and sex-slave traffickers

Section 1.
Very few people [1] who are prostitutes actually want to be prostitutes. Most people do not do it because they love this kind of work but because they are driven...
#26
Universal
Views: 6
IDI Points:
28
Supporters:
2
Rating:
3.000
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...
#27
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
5
Rating:
0.000
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...
#28
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
"I think we have to treat criminals more as victims of their circumstances. It doesn't make sense to harm or handicap them further. They need a well-guarded, natural location, an island where they either learn to establish order and farm or they eat one another."

I love this idea, I agree it's far...
#29
Universal
Views: 1
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
Government office should be viewed as volunteer work or "giving back" to the community; not a career.

To support this ideal, 5 changes are proposed:

1. All government officials and employees will be paid the minimum wage of their locality (or less).
2. Any tools and materials required to perform...
#30
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
23
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
A New Form of Government with Four Branches: Lottocratic, Royal, Judicial, and Commissional.

Lottocratic Branch
-24 single-issue legislatures, each consisting of 300 randomly chosen citizens who serve one-year terms.
This would operate much like a jury (fairly paid), in which all decision-makers...
#31
United States of America
Views: 0
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
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...
#32
Universal
Views: 20
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
1
Rating:
3.000
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...
#33
Universal
Views: 2
IDI Points:
22
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
Property tax is exempt for primary residences.

This would incentivize people to live on the property they own, and reduce foreclosures, landlording and real estate speculation...
#34
Universal
Views: 7
IDI Points:
21
Supporters:
3
Rating:
1.333
Community Trail Easement for more walkable/bikeable rural townships

An easement will extend four feet from either side of every property line within a township to allow all citizens within the township to freely travel by foot or bike as they wish along the property lines.

This allows many...
#35
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
21
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
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...
#36
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
21
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
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...
#37
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
21
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
Government should be more involved in the family unit and how people raise their children, including in regulating internet content we expose our children to.
Reason 1 - parents are not experts- they improvise they make mistakes. Currently focus is on government teaching people how to physically help...
#38
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
21
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
I propose that the Declaration of Independence be written into Constitutional Law. If there were changes that I might suggest to improve the document, allow me to present them here.

1.) All men and women are created equal.

Therefore, everyone is equal, and any right given to -- or rule taken...
#39
United States of America
Views: 0
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
3
Rating:
0.000
Gun Control and the Right to Bear Arms

Lois Digges Jurewicz

Ownership of guns and similarly dangerous arms should be illegal except in the following cases:

1) Membership in a well-regulated state militia (as ensured in the US Constitution).

2) Membership in a branch of the U.S. military.

3)...
#40
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
Recognize Subsistence Rights

Many traditional societies still practice gathering and hunting as a way to supplement their diets. It can be the case that government and corporate control of land can interfere with these practices. It also be the case that "food deserts" and corporate dominance of...
#41
Universal
Views: 1
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
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)...
#42
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
2
Rating:
0.000
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...
#43
Universal
Views: 3
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
1
Rating:
3.000
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...
#44
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
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...
#45
United States of America
Views: 0
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
US Constitution

George Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and James Madison wrote the document that formed the model for the Constitution of the United States.

When judges hear cases or Congress debates legislative bills they seek advice from the original constitutional...
#46
Universal
Views: 0
IDI Points:
19
Supporters:
1
Rating:
0.000
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...
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