Thanks for the clarification. There is a large gap between things that are amenable to decentralized management (the original idea of democracy) and things that really aren’t. The Internet has managed to be perceived as a creator of equality and democracy without being democratic at all, as you explain. The cliche of the leveled playing field was thought to be inherent in open communication but it isn’t necessarily so leading to much current confusion. You really are suggesting the right thing but that caused me to think about this in a new way and now I’m worried that that this might not work. To put this another way our systems require highly technical, time sensitive, professional management. The democratic system requires a flattened structure with no time sensitivity in order to achieve consensus or at least abstention on decision points. So you are correct it is not a good way to select a new server at regular intervals. Unfortunately this runs right into the software development model and the high failure rate for dev projects when the customer doesn’t know enough to clearly identify what they want. The result is endless changes to superficial fixtures with no one being able to effectively “own” the development process. The customer controls the money and won’t pay for what they can’t understand. The solution tends to be oriented much more to the enlightened authoritarian than the truly democratic. So I think there is a path to greater distribution of decision making but it is not democratic model we have been taught. I wish I had a better answer for this . . .

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