Archives: April, 2012


A science blog I like to read published a post of interest to me this week showing the bonuses to democracy if our legislators were chosen at random. This is a subject I am very interested in because it is one of the only systems that we could employ in order to ensure that our legislators do not become a carefully groomed breed of absurdly rich, created in order to benefit their peers while the workers of the world suffer a gradual grinding into dust. If we were given a chance to run our own lives, we could make this world a better place; a place made for the betterment of all our sisters and brothers. Not only does this ring true in our hearts when we look at the world the ultra-rich have created for themselves at our expense – but science is showing us that it makes sense as well!

While the article reference at this blog says that a combination of elected officials and randomly selected citizens is the most efficient, my reading suggests this is mostly as a precaution against rocking the boat too much against the interests that have controlled society for far too long. Sure, this combination shows benefits to our society and would be a big improvement over the system as it currently stands, but as leftists we want to entirely reshape this world – not merely improve the efficiency of the one we have.

Furthermore this article only considers a two-party system, which we have already seen for centuries – leaves a lot to be desired. It is a perfect design for choking off real change. Do away with so-called ‘parties’ and team-politics and instead have a body of people interested in furthering the interests of their respective communities and amazing things will happen.

changsterdam via flickr
changsterdam via flickr

The result, long seen by anyone even casually paying attention, of the Republican primaries has finally revealed. Mitt Romney will, much like John McCain was, be painted as the archetype of out-of-touch wealth. Which he is, and he definitely should be! He absolutely is a man who has made millions of dollars by exploiting both his fellow Americans and a system made to expand the wealth of those who have it. What is unfortunate is that the lesson being taught in this little tutorial in class consciousness for America is that voting for Obama will somehow… defeat Mitt Romney or those like him? I love that Americans are being shown just how completely far removed politicians like McCain and Romney are from the people who actually vote for them, but I hate that they are being fooled into thinking Obama or the Democrats are any different or willing to destroy this inequality.
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