Posted 3 years ago on June 6, 2012, 10:43 a.m. EST by votasaurus
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I've seen links to this website on the boards for quite some time.
It looks like a lot of work went into the ideas in this. I'm not sure if I agree with everything in here, but I think its worth a discussion:
"The American people are supposed to be in charge - but we are not. We are supposed to be in control - but we are not. There are things that our government has done and is still doing in the name of the American people which make us responsible - but we are not. Then are we really worthy to be what it is we hold to be sacred - “Americans.” "
"For 233 years, we let our government do whatever it pleased. For 233 years we ran our government like an absentee owner. If you don't have health care, a job, hope, money, a home, a good education, etc…, don't blame it on the government. We the people are the blame. The buck doesn't stop with the president. It stops with the people. If you are hated around the world, afraid to travel abroad, in fear of terrorism, mad because the banks are getting bailed out with your money and you can't get a loan, if your life savings and retirement have been wiped out or stolen, upset because we're dying in wars that have no end and make no sense, upset because the government failed miserably at responding to help your city after a hurricane, flood or any natural disaster, upset because your country is turning into a police state, upset because gas and food prices keep rising while your pay is falling, [...] just calm down."
"Because of the limitations of their day, the founding fathers had to settle for something less than a true democracy (Direct Democracy),. They had to settle for a republic. We don't have to settle for an inferior and outdated system of government. In fact, It can no longer support healthy growth or the management of a modern civilization. In a real democracy the words “government by the people, for the people and of the people” are literal, and not just flowery rhetoric to placate the masses."
True statements so far.
"It matters very little what we say or what we want because we are not in charge. This is not a real democracy. The sooner we learn this, the sooner we can begin to make real progress. Civil disobedience, protesting, marching and rioting won’t change anything or the fact that we are a republic. This is why the American people feel so hopeless and disillusioned about real change and their future. They don't see a way out. So in summary, we need to transition our republic to a real democracy. We don't have to settle for the illusion of democracy when we can have the real thing and the benefits that come with it. And we certainly don't have to live like this anymore - like slaves to a revolving two party dictatorship. "
A lot of people have been saying this on the boards. But what's the fix?
"We have become a Capitalocracy. Our country is ruled by money. The lack of paper money or digital money is no longer a limitation. I repeat, money is not a limitation. The lack of resources is the only limitation that we have. Technology allows us to preserve and extend the amount and use of our resources. This is where your real wealth is. Citing the lack of money, the deficit, the size of government or fiscal responsibility as an excuse for not taking care of the people and the people's business is complete nonsense coupled with incompetence. These problems should've been solved 90 years ago."
This is the main idea behind this site: That we should change our government is such a way as to render technology the main factor in our society instead of trying to get everyone a job. The machines can do all of the work for us from now on, and past a small part of government or Computer Scientists that oversees these machines we shouldn't have to live with the same systems that we have had in place since civilization began.
"You will need thinkers with the ability to transform their ideas into hard working realities. Talkers must employ middle men who waste your wealth and resources. The problems we face today are technical, not political. This is the job of the technologist – not politicians, dictators, bankers or big business. You wouldn't let a plumber perform brain surgery on you, so why would you let a politician convince you that he or she can build a new and better world in a technological age? It is not a sane or practical approach, and it has nothing to do with "Common Sense". And if you need any evidence, just look around you. Our country and our world are falling to pieces."
"First, we have to stop hiring government officials with skill-sets that no longer fit our need. This is the twenty first century not the seventeenth century. Politicians were ok in an era where talking and law were the best and only tools of the day for governing. Things have changed much in 233 years.
Politicians and lawyers are not capable of moving our nation into the future. Their time has come and gone. You will have to seek out the Scientist and Engineers. They will show you the way. Again, the bulk of our problems are technical - not political. Legislation and political debate will get us nowhere."
So according to this site the government should be composed of more Scientists and Engineers than Politicians. Sounds like a fair idea to me: after all Politicians aren't as smart as Scientists or Engineers on average, and the Scientists can actually create physical solutions to our problems instead of just throwing money at them (or taking money away from them [Republicans] in hopes that they go away.)
OK, here's where the tangible solution is presented:
"The founding fathers preserved our supreme right and control over government by reaffirming our natural right to alter or abolish the government if and when the people feel compelled to do so.
"that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…" ~From the Declaration of Independence "
"The founding fathers were not perfect and neither could they see the future. They left a big gaping hole in our democracy. They preserved our right to alter or abolish our government in the declaration of independence. The problem is, they never specifically defined the process for citizens to follow in order to execute their right to alter or abolish their old government and start anew. Because the process was not defined, we never exercised our right to use it. Lack of process doesn't take away or nullify the right. Then "common sense" should tell us to define a process, agree on it amongst ourselves - then execute it! I took the liberty to define that process and to present it to you the people for your approval. I call the execution of the process “The Execution of Dissolution and Termination” (EDT). I call the declaration of the process “The Declaration of Dissolution and Termination” (DDT). The declaration itself is modeled after the Declaration of Independence. Its purpose is to declare the process of disengagement from the present government to the present government. In other words, it is a pink slip presented to the present government by the people, affectively firing (terminating) the present government. From now on democracy will have teeth and will never be taken for granted ever again without serious consequences from the people. This is how you meet the scientist and engineers half way. You remove the middle men (politicians, lawyers, big business and bankers) and tell the Scientists and Engineers what kind of country and world you want to live in, and they will build it!"