About Democratism

Democratism is an independent, nonpartisan organization formed to advance the power of the people to shape the future. Democratism launched and promotes the Democracy Decree, which aims to establish government by consent of the governed in the United States, by instituting direct election of the president and proportional representation in both houses of Congress.


David Gold directs Democratism. Previously, he ran a community arts and education organization, founded and led Bridgeton Research, practiced plaintiff-side complex litigation, and served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He holds a JD from Columbia Law School, a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Brown University.

Marcia Loughran is a nurse practitioner working in substance abuse research and is president of a small foundation. She is also a published poet who reads her work in the Catskills and New York City. She holds a BSN-MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and a BA from Brown University,

Adrian Bridges is a freelance musician based in New York City. His work as a guitarist and composer spans from classical music to jazz, bluegrass, and hip hop, and as a sound designer, he develops aural landscapes for theater. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Guitar) and Master of Music (Composition) from New York University.

Carmela Marner teaches theater at the State University of New York, Oneonta. She is an actor and director and was the Executive/Artistic Director of the Franklin Stage Company for ten years. She holds a BA from the three year Acting Program at the Central School of Speech & Drama, UK, and a BA with Honors from Brown University.

Steven J. Brams, an advisor to Democratism, is Professor of Politics at New York University and the author, co-author, or co-editor of 18 books and about 300 articles. A leading expert in voting and elections, he is a former president of the Peace Science Society, former president of the Public Choice Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Guggenheim Fellow.