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Offline MH

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Re: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:57:01 pm »
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. 

Well I'm not going to be a slave to the analogy but how much HAS driving changed since the 1950s and how much has our political system been changed to adapt ?

In other words I stand on my point.

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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?

Great question.  One thing that the Liberals and Conservatives BOTH did federally - which is great - is reduce the amount of 'big money' in the system.  How did they do it ? By reducing Corporate donations AND Union donations. 

So change is possible.

I have posted this thing many times over the years, but I still like it:
http://www.ppforum.ca/sites/default/files/final_report_public_engagement_eng.pdf

We have the greatest information exchange medium arguably every devised at our fingertips (WE ARE USING IT NOW!) and we can't seem to understand that it was MADE to be used for politics.  When I bring this up, people inevitably think using the web for real politics will mean that politics will become like MLW, or this place, or the comments section on YouTube but that's a limited view.