POLITICS: costs of researching votes, etc.

Eric Watt Forste (arkuat@pobox.com)
Tue, 02 Sep 1997 12:05:16 -0700

Abraham Moses Genen writes:
> The reality of the siuation is that numerous analysts collect as
> many facts as possible prior to a policy proposal and jointly
> present a summary and analysis to those who make the ultimate
> determination. It should be pointed out that most policy is initiated
> and instituted within the various agencies of government. Only
> where enabling legislation and appropriations are required does
> the legislative branch become involved. Most policy determinations
> (either domestic or foreign) are never noticed by the general
> public.

So are you telling us that the myth of democratic control of
the government by the people, of responsible government, is
just that, a myth? Interesting. I wonder how many more things
we'll end up surprising one another by agreeing on.

> Possibly, through collective knowledge of the Extropians can we
> evolve further so that a greater percentage of our citizenry can
> develop the capacity to function on the broad and interdisciplinary
> level required for participation in the further evolution of
> humankind and its social and cultural structures.

What if they have no interest in developing such capacity? ("A
greater percentage of our citizenry" that is, if the antecedent
of "they" is not clear.)

> a far more succinct manner than I did. Obviously, I suspect that
> the research that is required to understand the long effects of
> any referendum or initiative is beyond the desire of most members
> of the public and the media.

I agree. What is your opinion of the desire of most members of
the public to choose their elected officials in an informed manner?
These officials are in turn responsible for selecting the appointed
officials who, as you say, actually generate the huge morass of
legislation that is available to be utilized against inconvenient
people. Character issues are easily as complex (and fraught with
deliberate deception, in many cases) as economic issues.

Eric Watt Forste ++ arkuat@pigdog.org ++ expectation foils perception -pcd