Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
- H.L. Mencken
Something has gone wrong with our political processes, on a global scale. But what?
I fully agree with Stross’ analysis. He shares the mainstream view of our political problems, belief that they result from external causes. Stross sees structural factors. Others point to bad guys, such as the 1% or evil ideologues. Both lead us to a dead end, because both omit the most important factor: us. Both assume that citizens have no agency (the ability to make and execute independent decisions). Assuming we are pawns, with passive assent to our rulers (since we’ve not resisted).
Consider a different perspective, one radically non-consensus — too disturbing for most people even to consider: the system has not changed. We have changed. We are the broken link, the failed component.
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