As traditional politics perishes, iDemocracy is quickening in the womb – Telegraph Blogs

Picture of Daniel Hannan at a conference in th...

Picture of Daniel Hannan at a conference in the Grosvenor House hotel in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daniel Hannan writing in his Telegraph blog the other day has some ideas on where technology may take us. He’s talking about the UK but it strikes me as pretty applicable here as well. One thing we are finding in business is that the closer we are to our customers, the better the can serve them. Of course, as a private business, that’s more important to us than it is to government bureaucrats who get paid, good service or not.

Which is a very good reason for privatising as many government operations as we can. There are some caveats involved here because it’s very easy to get locked into crony-capitalism here, like what some of the private prison operations seem to have, that serves the citizens perhaps even more poorly, so we have to be careful about this.
But where we can make it legitimately competitive, it’s a very good idea.

How many more of Hannan’s ideas can I get away with nicking?’

Things can’t go on like this!’ say conservatives. They have a point. Governments throughout the West have outgrown their capacity. Their treasuries are empty, their voters restive. Unable to squeeze more revenue from their citizens, they have taken to taxing the one constituency that can’t complain: future generations. But there comes a point when even the credit of what Shakespeare called  ‘your children yet unborn and unbegot’ runs out. Things can’t go on like this.

So what next? This is the bit that many conservatives are vague about. But not Douglas Carswell. He makes a point that is so obvious that only the pessimistic predisposition of some Rightists prevents them from seeing it.

If things can’t go on like this, they won’t. If the government can’t grow any further, it won’t. If the state can’t assume new responsibilities, it won’t. If the machine is broken, it will splutter to a halt.

At the very moment that government action reaches its limit, says Douglas, technological change renders it redundant. The Internet puts into the hands of a private citizen information which, 15 years ago, an entire department would have struggled to compile. The revolution in communications is cutting out the middleman.

Douglas draws on his experience as an Essex MP (an incorruptible Roundhead, he is the authentic voice of that radical county). He describes how state restrictions on building in part of his constituency, imposed by a quango concerned with flooding, created one of the most wretched places in England. He remarks on the way in which certain forms of constituency casework – lobbying on the creation of a school, for example – disappeared once campaigners could network directly with one another. He explains, in practical rather than theoretical terms, why state action tends to be the problem, and private initiative the solution.

Douglas knows at first hand that large parts of a politician’s work are no longer needed. How long until that logic is imposed on government ministries?

Continue reading As traditional politics perishes, iDemocracy is quickening in the womb – Telegraph Blogs.

I think that if we pay attention to what we are doing, we can solve a lot of problems with technology. In some ways, I believe we can bring back the medieval model of the extended family (3 or 4 generations) living closely together as a cohesive unit, strengthen our religions and reduce the interference of the state in our lives, all at the same time, while improving quality of life as well.

Tell me what you think about this?

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15 Responses to As traditional politics perishes, iDemocracy is quickening in the womb – Telegraph Blogs

  1. You may be right Neo and I would hope for the same, but it might take a complete collapse of the system to get people to remember the things that are most important in life – like family and good honest work ethics, our Creator and our final end.

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    • You could be right but I tend to be a bit more optimistic about our people, that they really do get and will do the right thing, I may be wrong but that’s what I think, and hope!!

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      • I hope you’re right, but my inner skeptic keeps telling me that you are 1/2 right. Half the people get it and the other half are hopelessly ignorant.

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        • You’re not far wrong, and that’s part of why we have to do it now. It gets worse every election cycle.

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        • Indeed it does. At my age it seems that ignorance has outstripped us like a jet plane out paces a freight train. Their only problem is that they are headed straight for a mountain and there is no tunnel that will fit their enormous wingspan. I love analogies — can you tell?

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        • I’m fond of them myself, one of the best teaching tools there is, especially if one can make it funny.

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        • I think it was how my teachers and parents taught me to think. I always try to find a simpler way to illustrate a complex problem. They don’t always work completely but they can be useful in getting the main point accross.

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        • I agree, it always helpful as a way to restate the problem.

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        • I tell you what — I’ll up our chances if we could get Daniel Hannan an American citizenship and elect him as POTUS. He’d make a great PM for the Brits, if they had any sense left. Alas, he is another John the Baptist just crying out in the wilderness I’m afraid.

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        • Dream Alliance Daniel Hannan, PM. Mark Levin POTUS, look out world, here we come! :-)

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        • I might be tempted to vote multiple times if that were a possible set of tickets. That would take us back to the days of Reagan – Thatcher! :-)

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        • And what a great world it was, my friend. :-)

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        • You’re making me misty as I reminesce.

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        • Me as well, someday again, perhaps, it’s hard to keep great peoples down.

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