it's your party but I'll cry if I want to

民主主義を少し改革したらどうかな?

What if we changed how democracy works a bit?


投票にお金がかかって、それが何回もできる、という制度にしたらどう?

What if votes had to be bought? And you could vote as many times as you cared to pay for?


しかし一票の値段はその人の年収によって決まるのだ。例えば年収の1%。

But the cost of a vote would be pegged to one’s income. Say, one percent of your annual income.


だから年収100億円の人だったら一票は1億円かかるが、年収5百万円の人だったら5万円を払って一回投票できる。

So that a person who makes a hundred million a year would have to pay a million dollars for every vote, while a person who makes fifty thousand a year would pay five hundred dollars per vote.


(ホームレスなど収入のない人は特別に、例えば空き缶やPETボトルなどで、物々交換制で投票してもいいかもしれないね。)

(Perhaps the homeless would pay for votes with empty bottles and cans. We could work out a barter system for special circumstances.)


この制度では国民一人一人は自分の価値観により「割に合う」回数を投票するだろう。

In such a system, people would vote as many times as it seemed worth it to them.


政治に関して強い意見をもっている人はたくさん票を買い、どうでもいい人はお金の無駄遣いになるから多分投票しないだろう。

People who felt very strongly about things would buy lots of votes, while people who don’t really give a damn wouldn’t waste their money.


その結果、気持ちの強さに基づいた民主主義になるのだ。

And we’d end up with a democracy based on intensity of convictions.