I can’t help but to return to the fascinating question.
Because DIVERSITY is absolutely necessary to justice.
Because Biometric E-Voting is on the horizon with a new paradigm in political communications. Look at your desktop, and you’ll see the ways the new media are changing the political scene from the bottom up.
Because of the outmoded ways we allow politicians to make decisions on our behalf.
Because candidates who would have had no chance before the Internet can now overcome huge odds.
Because we are becoming aware of what today’s Capitalism is doing to culture. A top-down, big-money view of politics while the unresolved tensions between morals and markets are getting worse.
Because of corporate funds in political which are devastating to the public interest.
Because more and more of the new Generation want to balance individual autonomy with civic virtue. New social media are already changing the way organizations attract supporters.
Because we need a balanced society without turning persons into clients, cogs or worse. Facebook addicts. The potential mobile universe of grassroots text messagers is now over 136 million.
Because most social mayhem now arising around us is driven by seduction and stresses of public decay under a capitalism that’s no longer tempered.
Because with today’s casino like, predatory, intensively degrading capitalism is ruining social equality.
Because if we don’t want the curtain to drop on Sapiens history we have to answer the question. What do we want to become?
Do we want a digital existence. With hundreds of cable TV channels and satellite radio stations, millions of bloggers, and literally billions of Web pages all pouring out trillions of unadulterated verbal and written diarrhea that nobody gives a shit about.
The media today are more diffuse and chaotic than ever.
Because there are thousands of other reasons but it is naive to think or imagine that we might hit the brakes and stop scientific project that are upgrading Homo sapiens into a different kind of being, or a computer with a mind inside. ( Nobody is willing to argue such a proposition as the answer is we are doing it to cure diseases and save human lives.)
So I suppose we are left with the real question that is not what we want to become, but what do we want to want?
It is obvious that we all want to live, but up to now we have not given the question of living enough thought.
In my mind no political power should have the power to declare war without asking its people first, never mind getting a United Resolution it is the Young of a country that dies.
If you don’t agree with me here have a look at what happens.
The 20th century is described as the “bloodiest”, with an estimated 187 million deaths due to the various wars combined.
The death tolls for various conflicts throughout history, the best estimates put the total death toll due to all wars at 341.7 million people.
The United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world.
The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have taken a tremendous human toll on those countries. As of March 2015, approximately 210,000 civilians have died violent deaths as a result of the wars. The number of displaced people exceeded 50 million in 2013.
Our subjective well-being is not determined by external parameters such as wars, salary, social relations or political rights. Biologists hold that our mental and emotional world is governed by biochemical mechanisms shaped by million of years of evolution.
Any decision that has a direct effects should be put to the nation as a whole not delegated to those that happen to be in power at any given time.
So here is my suggestion.
In this age of instant communication there should be a Free Government App (for argument sake called Vote Now.)
This App delegates an unique password to all.
When any political party in power want to commit a country to any project that will cost the nation let’s say over 6 billion.
We the people of the country are asked to approve or disapprove the project within a given number of days, weeks or whatever.
The app provides all relevant information connected to the project.
The E-voting system using biometric enables a voter to cast his vote using internet without additionally registering himself for voting in advance and going to a polling place. Why not an App.
This App will stop governments from sell of the country’s natural resources to Sovereign Wealth Funds and cut out lobbyist and any form of corruption.
Here are a few recent UK decisions that should have been put to the people.
For examples 300 odd sitting Conservative MP under the leadership of a Prime Minister Theresa May (a Prime Minister that has no mandate) recently voted in favour of spending over £31bn over the lifetime of the programme, including adjustment for inflation over that period, and an additional £10bn as a “contingency” to renew four worthless submarines carrying Trident nuclear missiles.
It’s no wonder they got cold feet on the total lifetime cost of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant which could be as high as £37bn. Which is was to be funded by the EDF and a Chines Sovereign Fund against 35 years of guarantee returns at twice the present cost of power.
The two new carriers that has attracted criticism over its £6.2bn cost.
Maybe I am nive but I would not let elected or non elected people sell my future.
All views and suggestions welcome.