“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
 

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:
50
Supporters:
6
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.
#2
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
There should be a limit of how much the net worth of an individual can be ( I don't mean income but total value of all of the person's assets).
#3
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
      Win-Win, Top Dead Center, Infinitely Transformative, Perfect Marriage of Freedom with an Eye for Justice and Justice with an Eye for Freedom Ranked Ballot, voters ranking candidates in order of preference to find the most perfect compromise, must inescapably result in Sharing The Work, the workweek attached to the unemployment rate. Easiest to explain "Additive" RB is counting the first choices, and then, if noone has 50%, adding in the next, and so on, till someone, most exactly in the middle, finally does.
#4
Universal
IDI Points:
42
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”.
#5
Universal
IDI Points:
2
Supporters:
4
Funding of higher education; Administration of higher education

Section 1.
While a basic education is that which is minimally necessary for a person to be a moderately functioning citizen and worker in a complex society, we recognize that a 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. Second, it makes one a much more productive worker, capable of delivering more value to themself and to others.
#6
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Test idea - disregard
11/08/2022
CJ invited ATA; ATA supported; CJ unsupported
When can ATA re-invite CJ?
#7
United States of America
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Offering a deal to criminals in the US. IF they stop committing crime for a year, they get an equal piece of all the money we spend on the police for that year.
Let's say the number of criminals is the same number as the number of all inmates in the US, approx. 1.28 million (they have accumulated over the years so the criminals roaming free might be even less than that). The police budget is 250 billion, divided by 1.28 mil is about $195,000 per criminal. Pretty good amount.
#8
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.
#9
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Each Egora profile should automatically search for political agents in that persons area of residence. This will help streamline the process of engagement with the existing bureaucratic system and improve participation from the citizens in their own governance systems in each country.
#10
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
One dollar democracy

In my understanding the donations could come from voters in equal amounts, for example , 1 dollar per month from person, by bank transfer. In US it can be a colossal sum. President can be automatically removed if he receives less money then another candidate. So you can get automatic rotation.

To represent at least 50% of population it is possible to organize some council of several executives who will be automatically replaced from some pool of candidates depending on the stream of money from citizens.
#11
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
[UNIVERSALLY CLEAR COMMUNICATION] Egora may wish to have a structure to define words in a scientific and logical sense instead of the abstract and semi-random sense of a dictionary. We should have a scientific way for defining words in an incredibly strong and fast, efficacious way. A semantic table and ontological order of categories of thought separated by essential differences. It is a table of essences. We can communicate with the essence of things with no unintended baggage to cause misunderstanding.

For example, to define a word we usually have to rely on other words.
#12
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
1
Strategy to bring Citizen Assembly into immediate relevance by engaging our elected officials

Throughout hundreds of Citizen Assembly meetings over the past several years, we have demonstrated that we, the people, can come together to calmly address our deepest problems and develop effective solutions on which we can overwhelmingly agree. But we cannot just wait for the International Logic Party to grow sufficiently for new political candidates to come forth to champion our solutions – we also have to engage with the established regime as it is currently, potentially winning some favor with elected officials to implement some of our solutions.
#13
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
intelligent apes ruining the place
#14
Universal
IDI Points:
6
Supporters:
4
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.
#15
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
1. [PURPOSE CLARIFICATION] Update the purpose of the Egora forum from Freedom to Genuine Freedom
2. [LIVING SYLLOGISM] A new logic requirement: logic is based on the living syllogism and posts could be structured in this format to provide a more efficient way of exchanging and categorizing information.
3. [GLOBAL WORKER-OWNED COOPERATIVE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROFIT SHARING DIVIDEND] System is based on donations right now.
#16
Universal
IDI Points:
7
Supporters:
1
Education and citizenship; Education Reform; Completion versus performance; Schooling is child-labor

Section 1.
In order to preserve the stability of our society and to ensure its further advancement, we find that it is necessary to provide a certain minimum level of education to all of our society’s members, both citizens and non-citizens. Furthermore, the completion of such education should be one of the necessary requirements for a citizen to attain voting powers, so that we do not have uninformed citizens making decisions about vital matters that affect us all.
#17
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.
#18
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.
#19
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.
#20
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Useful Aphorisms that have occurred to me:
1 ) It seems to me that I, a 100 Trillion Cell patterned colony of self-aware protoplasm, am experiencing some kind of Existence.

2 ) Universal Education would seem to be well-served by following the principle of, "Tell Me and I Forget; Teach Me and I May Remember; Involve Me and I Learn."

3 ) Existence, most likely Exists.

4 ) As Inward, So Outward.

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#21
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Useful Aphorisms that have occurred to me:
1 ) It seems to me that I, a 100 Trillion Cell patterned colony of self-aware protoplasm, am experiencing some kind of Existence.

2 ) Universal Education would seem to be well-served by following the principle of, "Tell Me and I Forget; Teach Me and I May Remember; Involve Me and I Learn."

3 ) Existence, most likely Exists.

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#22
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Useful Aphorisms that have occurred to me:
1 ) It seems to me that I, a 100 Trillion Cell patterned colony of self-aware protoplasm, am experiencing some kind of Existence.
#23
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.
#24
Universal
IDI Points:
20
Supporters:
2
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 food production and distribution create food insecurity for many people-- rural and urban. It is the case that many public lands-- including parks, redevelopment zones, and acreage adjacent to right of ways-- could be utilized for community gardens, fruit and nut trees, and berries and other perennial edible plants.
#25
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.
#26
Universal
IDI Points:
11
Supporters:
1
I'm posting a link here to illustrate discussion work I've done that attempts to have participants work together to come up with contrasting policy concepts. The point is to get people to think outside the box (the largely binary box). I facilitated a 2 yr project on democratic process and practice that came up with the following:
https://www.interactivityfoundation.org/discussions/the-united-states-democratic-promise/

The results are a bit dated now (the portion on e-democracy could stand some updating).
#27
Universal
IDI Points:
18
Supporters:
3
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.
#28
DuSable
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Establishing Harmony in the 21st century. Dismantling exploitative and racist systems and that which creates dissonance. To promote and provide means of Relief, Reform, Reutilization, Recycle and Recovery by will of the people.

To lead the independent black city-state of DuSable towards Harmony Always.
#29
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Parental Rights
#30
Portugal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Metabolismo social

Podemos considerar o território como fixo e a capacidade biofísica como pouco variável, ambos de escala global e geológica, previsíveis, mas não controláveis. Podemos considerar a população como bastante variável e o padrão de consumo como muitíssimo variável, ambos controláveis.

Um arranjo socioeconômico sustentável depende da relação entre a população humana, o consumo per capita de bens naturais e a capacidade biofísica do território.
#31
Universal
IDI Points:
21
Supporters:
1
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 from -- the people, must apply to every person equally. That includes private citizens, individuals WITHIN corporations, politicians, generals, the elite, the police, judges, Black folks, White folks, et al.
#32
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
It falls upon the present day to assess and address the problem of wage disparity and income inequality. There may be a need for a limit, set on the max ratio of earnings made by the top earners in a company, in relation to the wages of the company’s lowest-paid workers.

The numerical values or mathematical formula may not be clear. But a wage disparity ratio of 1,000:1 will simply be too high since 1,000 implies opulence accompanying a billion-dollar estate, and a value of 1 implies the bare existence of merely scraping by.
#33
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
An approval system where every decision and action you make must first be approved by a government appointed official and if you are found to have done an action that wasn't approved you go to jail automatically for the rest of your life. We would all be government officials and jail would be the Universe.
#34
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
An approval system where every decision and action you make must first be approved by a government appointed official and if you are found to have done an action that wasn't approved you go to jail automatically for the rest of your life
#35
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
It will be illegal to terminate any employee for an act of personal negotiating, in order to defend their liberty. Therefore they possess the right to strike, protest and boycott in any way they deem sufficient and which causes no harm to anyone -- harm which doesn't constitute the unmet expectation of mandatory labor. They also possess the freedom from any retribution from any party, within or outside of the employing business, and be given the safe and unchanged return to their job.
#36
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Only YOU can stop Fascism. VOTE!  Vote by NOT shopping with the bad sellers.  Vote by not buying from evil corporations.  
  
Vote by shopping around for sellers and producers who give poor people price discounts.  Vote by shopping around to find and prefer sellers who give price discounts to senior citizens, or students, or children and mothers, or friends and family, or customer loyalty, or safe drivers, or good neighbors, or  BLM supporters, or reparation discounts for Native Americans.  
  
#Reject_The_Fixed_Price_System  
#Demand_Social_Price_Discounts

Watch the slideshow for pictures, more info, and links.
#37
Ghana
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Be versatile and you will survive anything.
#38
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.
#39
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Holism Business
Section 1. Our businesses shall be structured in a cooperative and harmonious fashion
Section 2. All profits shall be evenly distributed to promote thriving culture
Section 3. Sovereignty shall be protected
Section 4. Business has to be harmonious with our Earth
Section 5. Poor people should be given price discounts and wonderful and deserving people should also be given price discounts off the regular full price.  
Section 6. Rich people, and bad people and undeserving people should not be given discounts and must pay the regular full price.  
Section 7.
#40
United States of America
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
1
     Given that only Congress has the right to declare war, this legislative body may also take periodic quorums on whether to continue any war. In the spirit of democracy, any occupied country should have the right to that democracy they’re patently being offered by the official narratives. So, they should get democracy on par with the model laid down by the founding fathers. The occupied country is thus given representation by the same population-proportions that American representative ratio ennobles. Their delegates will be allowed to vote in U.S. congressional assemblies.
#41
Universal
IDI Points:
18
Supporters:
2
Monetary Policy; Budget Deficit; Government Borrowing

Section 1.    
The amount of money (minted 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 by a vote of the elected legislature. 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).
#42
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
[Edit] I copied his idea and put it in position 16 and am editing it to be my own version.  THX.Wow, that’s a lot to take in Cezary.  I think I’m going to vote for your thing just because I like you and want to try out the software.  It kind of is written from a law an writes perspective and I would maybe want to rewrite it into a price coupon format.  Like I would propose a price system that gave people a price discount to compensate them if they don’t own land.
#43
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
The primary problem with modern governance is corruption. The solution is to take away legislative authority from politicians who can be bought. There should be one law: harm no one (it is illegal to violate anyone's negative rights to life, liberty, or property) and the people should be the ones to determine if that law is violated through a judicial system in which juries include more citizens the higher up the appeals process goes. We should eliminate all legislatures and rely instead on an executive branch that serves the people (they are subject to the same law as everyone else) and judicial system composed of the people.
#44
Universal
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
It is impossible to apply simple, common-sense fixes in government when they operate in a forum of almost arbitrary complexity.  It is of primary importance for every government to enshrine simplicity and efficiency.

In practical terms, we need to bring things fast down in scale.  No one can possibly be "worth" a billion times anyone else, for instance.  The scale of complexity of the real work already requires extreme delegation of powers to manage effectively, practically eliminating efficiency.
#45
United States of America
IDI Points:
0
Supporters:
0
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Groups should be run with the following governance structure:

1. Open, transparent governance - anyone should be able to see the group's governance structure (it is NOT hidden or a "secret")
2. Democratic governance structure - leadership positions are ELECTED, not appointed (with the exception of the first 4 to 6 months of organizing)
3. Votes are taken on important issues - if a member calls for a full membership vote, it is taken.  Decisions are not dictated from the top down by unelected "leaders," that's authoritarianism.
4.
#46
United States of America
IDI Points:
1
Supporters:
1
REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE SUPREME COURT - DON'T EXPAND IT

I want to come out strongly against the idea of expanding the number of Supreme Court Justices simply to try and balance out liberal and conservative minded judges.  I agree that the Republicans played dirty tricks by not confirming Merrick Garland with months remaining in President Obama's term, while confirming Amy Coney Barrett weeks (about two months, I believe) before the 2020 election.
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