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 weland on Mon 20th Feb 2012 17:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Speak for yourself!!!"
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"[q]What disgusts me with these kinds of comments is that it puts the blame on everybody except the VOTER!

IMHO, the lack of available choices is hardly something you can blame a voter for...

Not "a" voter, "the" voter. There's a big difference. I can give the example of a small European country, where we have 5 different political parties with parliament seat, with 2 of those being 'the big ones'. For the past decades, government has been rotating between these two big parties, and the results are always the same. But sill people vote for them, as if anything is going to change. So yes, I blame the voter. The truth is that people are easily manipulated. That's why you have the terrorist paranoia in the U.S., and so on. [/q]

There's a similar situation in my country. In two of the past five elections, people have actually tried to be smart and pick one of the smaller parties -- which actually ended up in power.

End result? Similar. Similarly incompetent people that essentially followed the agendas of the large corporations or wealthy individuals that sponsored their campaigns.

IMO, the basic framework of modern democracy should be rethought. No amount of voting and changing within the same framework is ever going to change its current course.

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