Update: Since I posted this yesterday, I have gotten (for the first time) a negative rating. This amazes me! My writing here is based on that of highly respected sociologists and psychologists. What the negative rating says is simple: people using the Internet cannot apply critical inquiry to themselves (a necessary component of morality), and are clueless about more than just government. I want to specifically mention ...more »
Update: Since I posted this yesterday, I have gotten (for the first time) a negative rating. This amazes me! My writing here is based on that of highly respected sociologists and psychologists. What the negative rating says is simple: people using the Internet cannot apply critical inquiry to themselves (a necessary component of morality), and are clueless about more than just government. I want to specifically mention statistics! Stats are dangerous to apply to humanity when done well, and no statistician would validate "web by invitation" stats.
Really people, get a clue! Please don't get me depressed into thinking humanity sucks after all, and the only path to peace is a planet w/o humans.
Using statistics from a web site is not necessarily a good way to determine the popularity of an idea. True polls use random samplings, and approach people for information. Here on this site, people are coming to the site with ideas, and they don't necessarily represent a true cross section of the opinions of the population.
People coming to this site could very likely fit into small categories of "types," such as social activists or: people seeking change. Exactly how things should change and how fast can obviously vary. Some discussion threads have dug deeply into economic and financial issues far more deeply than the average person would; this I know for a fact. I was recently a census worker, and I learned that the majority of people are not well versed in the mechanics of government, least of all the census. I would say that those people who discuss government and finances are in fact a tiny portion of the population.
If this site is going to be used to try to improve democracy through the Internet, the there has to be a huge caution flag raised.
Look at the history of the Internet; it is an extension of the Information Society. If you have read Lewis Mumford's incredibly predictive testament of information technology, you will know that the Information Society has its roots in the command and control structure of the Egyptian Empire--hardly democracy! "Pharaoh, let my people go," said Moses.
The great leaps of the Information Society have been the invention of the book, the radio, TV, and of course the Internet. I would add the spread of the use of coffee around the world, and coffee has historically stimulated the original digital networks, our neural networks, and helped create thecollaborative environments of the coffee houses of history.
The invention of the use of light, either as lamps or bulbs, and windows has helped us be able to spend time reading and writing. We think better when we feel better, and we feel better when we are clean, so plumbing has contributed as well. Humanity is historically defined by technological break-throughs, and technology is created by collaboration. Unfortunately technology is also exploited by non-peaceful and dangerous people, but these people do not work through collaboration, but use instead predatory cooperation; they are predators.
This site may produce good ideas, but as far as I can tell, nothing thought up in recent decades has really worked to make society better. We recently escaped the nuclear mutual destruction of the Cold War only to end up in this mess;guaranteed destruction of the environment through global free trade that promises to alter weather patterns causing hurricanes, blistering heat, and other equally terrifying prospects.
President Obama is aware of this, and despite some promising attempts by him to resolve some of the problems in the little picture, I do not believe that there is any plan on the table, or on this site, that will actually improve the World's situation. Because there is a lack of a "single-system" approach to helping the world, I believe that the situation can only get worse.
One good thing to know about is the concept of "instruction creep" that comes from the Wikipedia: it refers to how good ideas that become policy (or the laws of the Wiki) often, or even usually become weapons for Hitler-type control fanatics. In the case of
globalism, anti-cultural bias has become a vehicle for economic bias. We successfully redefined being Black and African in the 1980s (I was a Reggae band manager, so I know), and we liberated South Africa. All through the 90s, creep comes in in the form of globalism. Since culture is cool, everyone if different culture is cool, even if they are genociding their own countries to satisfy global free market hunger.
This is happening in Peru right now with proposed extermination of the Native tribes to facilitate the exportation of their land. Peru made a home for escaping Nazis after WWII; Peru's government is wholly dictatorial and not to be trusted. Peru, of course, blames the US saying that it has to destroy therain forests because of a "free trade" agreement, which cannot be true. Obama is equally accused by Latin American Capital of attempting to alter the "free trade"agreements by removing NAFTA.
This is why I concentrate on the psychological and sociological aspects of the economy, finances and society--and especially the historical, such as in writing by Lewis Mumford.
As the song goes: "I think this is just another case of history repeating itself."
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