Why don’t we go after a 21st Century government?
I was watching Walter Mosely on Book Notes this afternoon as he promoted a new book about American politics. One of the things he said has stuck in my head: we have an 18th century government in a 21st century environment. What he was referring to was the fact that we still elect representatives to “represent” what we believe in Congress and to vote on items for us, whether we, in the end, agree with them or not. And, since they are easily corrupted by corporations and lobbyists putting money in their campaigns to get the job of “representing” us, we often do not agree with what they are voting for… for us.
Yet we are in an era that is pervaded by technology, where Facebook keeps thousands of us at a time, no matter where we are, communicating together. What if we all put a particular amount of time (Mosely suggested 90 minutes, but I don’t believe that much is possible on a daily basis… more likely 30 minutes) into being on-line and voting on those things ourselves? All of a sudden there is no need for Congress… the only way big corporations could influence us is by making their products and services cheaper or higher in quality (it would be realyl hard to pay off 220 million voters who are representing themselves.)
Certainly, there would have to be technical administration services created to hold the wiring together. nd we would have to have volunteer committees to control things like the military and the treasury and other important needs. But think about a real Democracy here… 1 on 1 in operation, but a huge scale overall. I know there will be so many arguments on why it can’t be done… but didn’t the imperial governments of the 18th Century think the great American experience, freeing itself from Great Britain, was certainly going to fail?
All I am saying is think about it… and remember that right now, right this very second, you and I are in a potential debate on the subject and that debate could be expanded and millions could take part. Then all we need to do is have a vote…
- Congress Tweets its Way into the 21st Century (webpagefx.com)
- How To Use Shortmail, A Twitter-Inspired Email Service That Limits Messages To 500 Characters (businessinsider.com)
- Needed — a 21st century voter registration system for California (sfgate.com)
- The 21st Century (firearmsguru.com)
- How Our Government Has Merged With Corporations (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- New Language of 21st Century (ayeshanaveed.wordpress.com)
- To The 21st century American Patriot (artofevolution.wordpress.com)
- Working for the government is no longer secure (cbsnews.com)
Posted on July 10, 2011, in Word from Bill and tagged Community service, Congress, Facebook, Great Britain, Politics, Student, United States, United States Congress. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.