Author Topic: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion  (Read 777 times)

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Offline Gorgeous Graham

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Re: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:11:55 pm »
Right, but people were dumber in the past and democracy (arguably) worked better.  The sea-change in the information landscape requires an adjustment and perhaps even - gasp - some DESIGN.

We design roads so that stupid people can drive, but we don't design our political processes. 

Driving is pretty simple, and doesn't change too much over time.  Politics is very complicated and always changing.  That's hard for dumb people to grasp, to constantly stay informed. 

The problem of designing our political processes is that we did this a long time ago and tweaked it over the last 150+ years, but society has changed.  Corporations & their money have more power than ever, and information technology has changed as you say, among many more social changes...yet we designed a system that is purposefully very difficult to change, and the last time it was altered Quebec never signed off on it and it almost broke the country apart on multiple occasions.  Now we can't even get rid of an unwanted Senate.

If we could change our system, what would that look like?
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