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  •  The reason the political system is broken (1+ / 0-)
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    is because the people behind the system, the general voters, are largely irrational.

    This brings to mind something that I read Richard Feynman once said. I can't find the exact words online so this isn't verbatim, but he was talking about how we choose our leaders in this country.

    People have the option between 2 politicians:

    Politician A says "The problems we face are very serious, and I have been thinking about how to solve these problems for a very long time, but I still haven't figured out what we should do about them. But if you vote for me, I will make sure to bring in a lot of experts who know a lot more about these problems than I do, and talk things through and gain a better understanding of the details, and only then, come up with the best possible solution that comes closest to fixing these problems."

    Politician B says "The problems we face are very serious, but I know what we need to do to fix these problems. Vote for me, because I have all the answers."

    On average, people are going to choose Politician B the majority of the time, when what we really need is Politician A.

    Until we find a way to circumvent this flaw in the way voters choose their politicians, the system will continue to be broken.

    •  Rationality can't beat imagination (0+ / 0-)

      That's the situation as I see it. We need some vision and some creative prompts to point out the direction. The rational stuff is the most important to our culture, but it has to be behind the imagination.

      I suggest borrowing heavily from what works best in other progressive situations and model rational reform after that.

      Happy smiley faces! Scientific progress! Political vision! Cultural Happiness!

      The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

      by MeToo on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:02:26 PM PDT

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    •  The voters, very simply, are not the people (1+ / 0-)
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      "behind the system".

      The voters don't decide who gets positive media coverage.  The voters don't decide who big money will allow to be presented as a "viable candidate".

      The voters aren't the ones constructing stumbling blocks to try to keep candidates off the ballot in state after state.

      The majority of the time, the voters won't even consider anyone the Media Trusts paint as a "looney".

      I really can't believe that people who were alive in 2004 and saw what was done to Dean still refuse to see plain truth.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 12:56:25 AM PDT

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