Jon Ferraiolo '72
Holy War for True Democracy - Powered by Passion and Technology
"Holy War for True Democracy" provides an inspirational vision for incremental reinvention of modern democracy. The book provides a blueprint for how to mobilize the passions of citizens and how to use modern technology to help democracy deliver on the promise of the people, by the people and for the people. Jon takes a step back to examine the past and present of constitutional democracy, highlighting the shortcomings of and threats to true self-government in today’s world, such as misinformation posing as fact, nationalism, increased partisanship, decreased confidence in democratic institutions and greater government surveillance, all of which makes us vulnerable to a Big Brother-like police state. 

Jon proposes a global nonprofit, Democracy Guardians, a nonpartisan organization that would channel and focus the passions of people who share a vision for self-government. The organization would strengthen democratic institutions, and thereby promote governments that serve the people, not the other way around. The first major initiative would be a next-generation, crowd-sourced Internet service that evaluates the trustworthiness of people and organizations, thereby pressuring politicians, media and all public figures to be more honest for fear of being rated by public consensus as an untrustworthy source of information on government and politics.