[At-Large] ICANN Accountability Mechanisms

bzs at theworld.com bzs at theworld.com
Mon Jan 3 00:35:03 UTC 2022

The following, in a Criticism section, was removed from the
wikipedia's page on "Multistakeholder governance":

  Criticism of multistakeholderism comes from Paul R. Lehto,
  J.D.{{Citation needed|date=March 2014}}, who fears that in
  multistakeholderism, those who would be lobbyists become
  legislators, and nobody else has a vote. Lehto states that "In a
  democracy, it is a scandal when lobbyists have so much influence
  that they write the drafts of laws. But in multistakeholder
  situations they take that scandal to a whole new level: those who
  would be lobbyists in a democracy (corporations, experts, civil
  society) become the legislators themselves, and dispense with all
  public elections and not only write the laws but pass them, enforce
  them, and in some cases even set up courts of arbitration that are
  usually conditioned on waiving the right to go to the court system
  set up by democracies. A vote is just a minimum requirement of
  justice. Without a vote, law is just force inflicted by the wealthy
  and powerful. Multistakeholderism is a coup d’etat against democracy
  by those who would merely be lobbyists in a democratic system."


        -Barry Shein

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