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  The Democracy Foundation presents ...

Dear America
From Patriotism to Participation
(working title)


The National Initiative for Democracy (NI4D) is a great idea. We all know that. But too few people have heard about it.

We’ve been contemplating the best way to introduce people to it, and we have decided that the best way is to make a feature-length documentary about the NI4D with interviews from historians and popular social commentators of today.

Short explanatory videos cannot adequately capture the breadth and historical relevance of the National Initiative. Something bigger and better is needed.

Many things have converged to place us at a point of crisis. There is extreme precarity in America, but also opportunity.

The technology to permit deliberative direct democracy on a national scale is upon us now.

Initiatives on a range of issues are being passed in states and cities all over the country; from medical marijuana laws to new regulations protecting animal rights, and so much more, just about any issue you can think of.

All over the country, bloggers rant and rave about political dysfunction, a government neutered by an exclusive, pay-to-play representative system and have a near unawareness of the effects of popular initiative.

We are told to protest and petition, but few people see this as effective. Switzerland, the Republic of the Philippines, and Uruguay all have more participatory democracies than we do, yet we still profess that, "we are the freest country in the world."

You share the dream with us about the National Initiative. You see why it’s important. We are a small group of Americans, but we can make big waves. (Remember the rock!)


We need all of those who have supported the NI4D up to now to rise to the occasion and fund this film.

If this is going to get done, it’s going to be because of people like you recognizing a good thing, not passing the buck, but putting your foot down and saying, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Donate to defray the cost of the film production.

Let’s make waves.

Thank you.

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