Mark, I read your entry about eParty. I think that is worthwhile endeavour, and I wish you luck. I do see it as an intermediate step towards a better system. It's main drawback is that the resulting entity is a lobby. Lobbies are part of the problem. A lobby representing 5 million people would have a loud voice -- but lobbies represnt the loud minority -- often drowning out the voices of the silent majority. It still wouldn't be perfect, but you could take eParty a step further with a goal of living up to its name: a full-fledged political party. But lobbies and political parties are, by nature, representative governing bodies, not direct democracies. Practically speaking though, to get closer to an ideal of direct or liquid democracy, you have to start by working within the current system, and I think eParty is a great first step.