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I might watch the video, if it were a celebrity death match.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on May 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
The myth is that a new government, like the left wing government of Greece, is responsible for the free-spending non-tax-collecting Debt of a prior right wing government.

Let the German banks suffer. They knew the risks: or should have.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Regarding the third comment --- which the crack American "journalists" figured out was done by the Zetas (as they signed their recent work), former Mexican special forces types who received training in the formerly named "School of the Americas" now at Ft. Benning, I believe the cops have yet to receive training at that formerly named School of the Americas, but it's just a matter of time......
Posted by sgt_doom on May 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
seandr 4
A democracy that is like a lottery or jury duty.

Right, because juries make such rational and just decisions.
Posted by seandr on May 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM · Report this
they feared their credit cards and bank accounts would be hacked by activists

Idiotic. If they could do that, there would be no 1% to begin with!

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Sadly, have to agree with seandr @4 there.

If you've never been on a jury before, you think they dispense justice, but they actually are just as flawed and unjust as the society you live in.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
DavidG 7
@4 & @6 have you looked at Congress lately?

Not that a jury or a jury-like Congress by lottery would be perfect. The main problem (which is also the main problem with Congress now) is, how do we hold lawmakers accountable for the outcome of their actions?

At the very least, a parliamentary system is vastly superior to what we now have. No filibusters, one chamber. Let the ruling party rule unfettered, until the next election, when the voters can reward or punish them for their choices.

Regardless, something needs to change. Our government in its current form is unsuited to the challenges of our time.
Posted by DavidG on May 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
dangerousgift 8
I think the jury duty comparison was more about framing a democracy as civically participatory than it was a direct comparison to the way juries currently function.

There is something somewhat elegant about the idea that a society trusts itself and its members to decide matters of justice, however flawed the administration of that justice is. I don't think applying the same concept to civic decision making (compel and trust society to decide) is that terrible an idea, particularly given how atrocious our current house/senate process is.

Democratizing democracy a little more can't be all bad, right?
Posted by dangerousgift on May 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
@7 I don't see you running.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
yeah, what we need is more cops with absolute impunity by allowing them to refuse to show their faces. it's not like the spd have current problems with transparency or attempting to cover up footage of them in their natural environments, i.e. as power hungry protectors of the rich.
Posted by seriously_what_the_hell on May 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
Vince 11
The only problem is we need more liberals in office. Only liberals are just and fiscally responsible.
Posted by Vince on May 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
Frankly, I don't see a solution to our political woes until, as is elucidated in certain Cyber-Punk media, the issue of the fundamental unit of government, the individual, is addressed according to its failings, weaknesses, and drawbacks. No political theory or system is going to make the world a better place. Only a post-human civilization can improve (or worsen) our current state of affairs.

Additionally, Prometheus Bound is an extremely important work of theater, one that is fairly much unknown to anyone aside from scholars. It should become canonical reading in grade-school.
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on May 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Another dispatch from Chuckie's 'I read a book and now I need everyone to know I can read so I'll build a whole post around psuedo-intellectual masturbation so that people will know at least one Zimbabwean is literate' file.
Posted by BetarayBilly2 on May 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Pip Hellion 14
Our system fails in the presence of corruption it can't prevent and rules it can't (or doesn't) enforce. Of course, eliminate the malintent from any system, and it will benefit all equitably and efficiently...damnable human condition.
Posted by Pip Hellion on May 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
A democracy that is like a lottery ...

Between the Casino Economy and Citizens United, we sorta got that now, don't we?
Posted by RonK, Seattle on May 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
sirkowski 16
Too boring; did not watch.
Posted by sirkowski on May 18, 2012 at 8:51 PM · Report this

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