“The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.”
Ugly Pants Republicans have the potential to fix the flat tire that is politics in Americans but they won’t because they’re distracted. The distraction is wealth. They have the capacity to increase their standard of living and they do it. As the efficiencies of the Internet and Open Source Software slowly trickle down and make markets truely free, jobs will be cut and as a whole our standard of living will go up. Middle class people will lose jobs but essential products for the poor will become more affordable as the redundancies of business in the form of paperwork and paper-shufflers are eliminated.
Democrats are going to face a tough reality check. Would they pull over and fix the flat if it meant removing their own tire? If their intentions and political will are truely based on altruism then sacrificing for the poor shouldn’t be an issue. But they’re not pulling over. The Democrats are driving right by the three wheelers in their luxury sedans, worried about foreigners taking their jobs. Does it matter that those foreigners will make spare tires more affordable for the poor guy on the side of the road? Nope.
The Internet and its ilk(globalization, e-commerce, efficiency) are causing the capable if distracted UPRs into early retirement. In a few short years those lug nut savvy commuters are going to have a lot of spare time on their hands. Time they may decide to devote to improving government.
So there are a few trends that leave me with hope for democracies:
- Business efficiencies are freeing up time for savvy leaders currently entrenched in corporate America.
- Efficiencies in the Media business are leading to a tipping point after which politicians are more likely to be held accountable. Eventually politicians will be looked at as a source of inspiration instead of corruption, attracting capable leaders.
- Business efficiencies are going to free up time for regular citizens to become more aware of politics. Nobody wants to come home after a tough day at work and contemplate the subtleties of Medicare reform even if it is in their interest.
I don’t know how long it’s going to take but accelerating change seems to be a solid theory. Moore’s law applied to social progress can’t be a bad thing.
Acouplea quotes for my next post…
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.