Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2012 11:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems No matter where you look these days, there's a profound sense here in the west that the people no longer having any tangible control over what our governments do. Sure, we are allowed to vote every once in a while, but effectively, most of our countries are governed by backroom deals and corporate interests. If matters really do get out of hand, how do we fight this? Well, with technology of course!
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RE[3]: Speak for yourself!!!
by Laurence on Mon 20th Feb 2012 14:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Speak for yourself!!!"
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Yes it is, voters can do more than just vote. It is their/our job to check up on what the government is doing, objecting when necessary by demonstrating (physically or virtually). Idly standing by while things happen to complain afterwards just seams weak and is no way to make the government know they only exist to serve the people instead of the other way around.

The UK (and America IIRC) demonstrated against the war on Iraq - yet we still went to war.
The UK demonstrated against student fees - yet student fees were still hiked up.
The whole world protested against SOPA - yet ACTA and other similar deals and legislation are still being pushed through.

So while I do agree with you in principle, I can't stop thinking that increasingly the general populous are powerless to change the government.

The problem we have is that it costs so much to run a successful campaign, that ultimately any leading party end up bought and paid for by corporate interest.

I'm not saying that all politicians are corrupt nor open to bribes, but the honest and selfless politicians just wouldn't have the funds to lead a successful campaign.

So ultimately we get stuck with a multitude of similar leaders pushing similar policies and we're left picking the lesser of n evils rather than the actual embodiment of a leader we'd aspire to have.

Edited 2012-02-20 15:01 UTC

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