“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” -Richard Feynman
If one despairs for too long, one may resort to desperate acts.
Certainly if I was an American, the Trumpfarce would lead me to believe that the prevailing system of government has failed. I am not American, but that’s what I think.
Democracy as we know it originated 2000 years ago; the more recent US Constitution and European parliamentary conventions were designed for agrarian societies.
Government bureaucracies can no longer keep pace with the changes and complexities of our world today.
There are all sorts of distortions and allegations and conspiracies and we can no longer discern what the truth is, nor rely on elected representatives to tell the truth.
What we are witnessing in the US is the self-destruction of a huge political system. Hopefully it will be the harbinger of a new dawn in political mechanisms.
It is not just the US that needs political change.
Post truths have been bolstered by alternate facts and the need to be first with the news makes Twitter the prime source, with its fake news and flake views of the mad, bad and greedy. Journalistic integrity has largely sold out to Mammon.
All of a sudden, people are hating each other because of the political T-shirts they wear. The concept of loyal opposition in Parliaments or Congresses no longer exists. The modern political goal is solely the attainment and retention of power, notwithstanding the destruction and obliteration of the views of nearly half the population!
When perspectives are unrepresented in discussions, when different kinds of thinkers aren’t at the table, parliaments become echo chambers rather than sounding boards — and we all lose.
If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice.
I believe we need to do a reset, and stop limiting next-gen governance by the tools and assumptions of our past approaches.
To meet the huge challenges confronting us, we need more than incremental digital tweaks, we need a breakthrough in large-scale collective wisdom.
We need new political systems which enable effective governance which meets the needs of our society; the information age is when and where it should happen.
We also need an acid test to identify the truth.
Most of these thoughts and quotes come from blogs on medium.com and particularly:
Arthur Brock https://medium.com/metacurrency-project/broken-assumptions-of-governance-63cc946ccc6c#.2xe4svqwq