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[4]: Speak for yourself!!!
by Soulbender on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 06:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Speak for yourself!!!"
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Here in NYS, we have elections where only one name appears on the ballot. It's not that no one else is running mind you, but that the ballot requirements make it difficult for "normal people" to run.

Wait, are you sure you live in NYS and not in North Korea?

Upper classes are better prepositioned for running successful campaigns.

Oh I see. Now, I'm not going to say that the political system commonly found in Europe is better, because it obviously has it's own set of flaws, but at least there's a wide political playing field usually raining from the batshit-crazy left to the equally batshit-crazy right. We may not like these extremists but the fact that the do exist and is part of the political scene is, perhaps a bit contradicting, a sign of a healthy system.

In a kind of odd way I think the world was better off during the cold-war era. We might have been on the brink of nuclear destruction but at least we could always point to the "evil empire" and say "Hey, lets not be as bad as those guys, ok?".

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