Community Activists Network
We may well aspire to a better form of 'Democracy For the 21st Century' but just how such a democracy could function in practice needs to be considered.
This paper by Moshe Machover is made available from the London School of Economics Online Research Facility and deals with that issue.
Don't be put off by the use of the word "communist". The author explains at the beginning exactly why he seeks to reclaim this word.
If communism means anything at all, it means a radical eruption of democracy. Bursting its present narrow political confines, where it is allowed to hold truncated and partly illusory sway, democracy is to engulf all spheres of social life. This applies in particular to what is, under capitalism, the alienated sphere of economics: major choices that are now made behind the backs of society – imposed by private owners who monopolize wealth, or left to the chaotic play of blind market forces – will be decided onsciously and collectively by the community concerned. The enormous extension of the sphere of collective decision-making will necessarily imply a corresponding expansion and deepening of the scope of public supervision, ensuring proper implementation of decisions.