Frequently Asked Questions

What is Crowd Funded Government?

What if the citizens choose to not voluntarily contribute to (special-fill-in-the-blank-program)?

What if the citizens choose to not voluntarily contribute enough to fund the government?

How would the citizens contribute to the government using the Crowd Funded Government system?

Some government spending consists of grants to organizations. Why wouldn't citizens choose to contribute directly to the organizations instead?

What are your objectives with the Crowd Funded Government website, social media, and speeches?

Which animal would represent the Crowd Funded Government political party?

Don't citizens who choose to not voluntarily contribute lose the right to participate in the Crowd Funded Government system?

How will the voices of ALL people be heard if Crowd Funded Government is a monetary centered model?

How would taxes be collected using a Crowd Funded Government system?

What about uninformed or inactive citizens?

Are citizens too busy for Crowd Funded Government?

How can the average citizen make informed decisions regarding complex budgets?

Does Crowd Funded Government give more political power to corporations?

Are there any programs that can't be crowd funded?

What is Crowd Funded Government?

An explanation of Crowd Funded Government is available on this page.

What if the citizens choose to not voluntarily contribute to (fill-in-the-blank-program)?
- Anonymous in Bloomington, IL

If the citizens do not voluntarily contribute to (fill-in-the-blank-program), then this is an example of why Crowd Funded Government would provide a more democratic experience for all citizens compared to the current system. If the citizens choose to not voluntarily provide enough funding to a program, then that program will not be a function of government.

What if the citizens choose to not voluntarily contribute enough to fund the government?
- Anonymous in Chicago, IL

If the citizens do not voluntarily contribute enough to fund the government, then the government's promises and plans are not democratically supported by the citizens. It would be the responsibility of the politicians in that situation to create laws that revise the promises of the past and plans for the future so that the government's promises and plans are democratically supported by the citizens.

How would the citizens contribute to the government using the Crowd Funded Government system?
- Anonymous in Chicago, IL

The exact implementation of Crowd Funded Government would be decided by each government's laws. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that will work for every government's implementation.

A suggestion would be to have two systems: electronic and paper. The electronic system could consist of a public website, free smartphone app, and computer terminals at public buildings. The paper system would allow the same information and contributions to be made as the electronic system for those who would prefer to not use the electronic system.

For ease of use, it should always be available to anyone desiring to voluntarily contribute to their government by simply contributing to all programs proportionally in the entire budget. This would allow the experience of citizens who choose the simplest method to remain unchanged from the system before Crowd Funded Government was implemented.

Some government spending consists of grants to organizations. Why wouldn't citizens choose to contribute directly to the organizations instead?
- Anonymous in Chicago, IL

This is one of the goals of Crowd Funded Government: Remove the government from the funding of non-governmental organizations whenever possible. Government grants should be replaced with direct contributions from citizens who agree with the objectives of the organization.

What are your objectives with the Crowd Funded Government website, social media, and speeches?
- Anonymous in Chicago, IL

The objectives are to spread information and to network with other interested citizens. Money raised for this effort will be dedicated to upgrading the online presence, marketing the ideas, and funding additional speaking opportunities. The Crowd Funded Government effort is intended to appeal to all political ideologies across the spectrum. If a political ideology has confidence in the democratic appeal of their ideas, then allowing citizens to "vote with their wallets" would prove the popularity of any proposed government program.

Which animal would represent the Crowd Funded Government political party?
- Lindsay in Chicago, IL

Crowd Funded Government is meant to be a framework that can work with any party in power, and is not intended to be a standalone political movement. That being said, to answer your question, Crowd Funded Government is probably best represented by the dog: Man's Best Friend!

Do citizens who choose to not voluntarily contribute lose the right to participate in the Crowd Funded Government system?
- Anonymous in Chicago, IL

Citizens would still vote for politicians in the Crowd Funded Government system. Citizens would still have the same political representation that they have currently. Those politicians would still pass laws creating any projects that the citizens demand.

Citizens who don't voluntarily contribute would lose their ability to direct how the government actually spends money on those projects. Only citizens who voluntarily contribute would be responsible for directing how the government actually spends money on those projects.

Crowd Funded Government asks a fundamental question regarding government spending: Should citizens who don't contribute money to the government have the ability to force the citizens who do contribute money to the government to spend it on projects that the spenders would voluntarily not support?

How will the voices of ALL people be heard if Crowd Funded Government is a monetary centered model?
- Anonymous in Evanston, IL

Crowd Funded Government does not necessarily favor those with the most money, only those willing to spend it. Look at the countless examples of the successes of crowd funding. Many people contributing small amounts of money can have a big impact. Crowd Funded Government provides a way for those with less wealth to join together and make a big impact.

It is also important to consider the effect that a lack of mandatory taxation would have for those of limited wealth and income. The elimination of sales taxes, gas taxes, property taxes, and mandatory income tax witholding would keep more money in everyone's pockets.

No system of government funding is perfect, but Crowd Funded Government is an improvement over what we have now. Currently, if wealthy citizens and corporations want the government to spend the taxpayers' money, then they hire lobbyists to make it happen for a fraction of the cost of what the taxpayers ultimately are required to fund. Crowd Funded Government eliminates the ability of lobbyists to steal taxpayer contributions. The wealthy citizens and corporations will no longer have the ability to lobby for their agenda at a fraction of the cost. The wealthy citizens and corporations would have to pay the full price for the government programs that they want.

Finally, the politicians making the laws would be accountable to the voters, so there is still a way for citizens with limited wealth and income to stop the influence of unpopular politicians if they are not democratically supported.

How would taxes be collected using a Crowd Funded Government system?
- Anonymous in Evanston, IL

There are two approaches to taxation with a Crowd Funded Government system: allowance or replacement.

The allowance approach would take each citizen's current tax amount due and allow the citizen to spend their allowance as they choose. This would be the easiest transition from an involuntary system of contributions to a voluntary system by first introducing choices in how taxes are allocated without creating large fluctuations in overall revenue generation.

The replacement approach would replace all involuntary sources of funding with entirely voluntary collection efforts. The replacement approach is the final form of Crowd Funded Government.

What about uninformed or inactive citizens? 
- Brian Johnson in Chicago, IL

http://www.crowdfundedgovernment.com/2017/07/what-about-uninformed-or-inactive.html

Are citizens too busy for Crowd Funded Government?
- Brian Johnson in Chicago, IL

http://www.crowdfundedgovernment.com/2017/07/are-citizens-too-busy-for-crowd-funded.html

How can the average citizen make informed decisions regarding complex budgets?
- Brian Johnson in Chicago, IL

http://www.crowdfundedgovernment.com/2017/08/how-can-average-citizen-make-informed.html

Does Crowd Funded Government give more political power to corporations?
- Brian Johnson in Chicago, IL

http://www.crowdfundedgovernment.com/2017/08/does-crowd-funded-government-give-more.html

Are there any programs that can't be crowd funded?
- @petr3pan

http://www.crowdfundedgovernment.com/2017/11/are-there-any-programs-that-cant-be.html