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Re: Electracy: Evil Revisited
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Fully participative electronic democracy is what you get when you
cross cable TV with mob rule.
I'm a little suprised no one has brought up Brunner's Oracle from _The
Shockwave Rider_. For those of you who haven't read it, imagine a sort
of Nintendo-meets-OTB system where you can vote- and *bet* - on the
probability of certain events.
Of course, the government has the means to effect the outcome of many
such events (money supply, availability of crypto, who wins the Miss
Teen USA pageant), but it's an interesting concept.
The problem with Lance's positive reputation, et al system is that
having power, money, status, influence, or a stout reputation doesn't
automatically mean you're _right_. (cf. Armand Hammer, J. Edgar
Hoover, Lani Guinier), and the lack thereof doesn't necessarily mean
you're wrong or that your ideas shouldn't be heard (cf. Alger Hiss,
the guy-who-invented-variable-delay-wipers, early Martin Luther King
Paul Robichaux, KD4JZG | "Change the world for a better tomorrow. But
[email protected] | watch your ass today." - [email protected]
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