Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 30, 2011, 8:24 p.m. EST by Nanook
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“Apart from war, the modern great State is harmful from its vastness and the resulting sense of individual helplessness… Even in a democracy, all questions except a very few are decided by a small number of officials and eminent men; and even the few questions which are left to the popular vote are decided by a diffused mass-psychology, not by individual initiative.” (Bertrand Russell: Beyond Good and Evil)
The people controlling the government keep telling us that we have a voice. This keeps us sedated and out of their way. They keep telling us that they are ‘public servants’, while, in fact, they are totally their own servants and servants of the rich and powerful. Representatives were needed when the country was founded because communication across the colonies was done with letters on horseback. We no longer have that limit. The corruption possible using representatives is obvious because of the power given to them. So we should reconstruct the government without representatives. This subtopic asks the question: Given that representatives are no longer needed to overcome slow communications, what other values do they bring? How can we provide that value in other ways that do not support corruption?
(This post is part of a collection of posts aimed at launching a new process called the National Opinion Collection System (NOCS). For more information on the process, see http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupytheconstitution-introduction/ )