[FoRK] interesting electoral concept

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Mon Aug 29 20:33:05 PDT 2011


If the business of politics could be conducted by Skype, don't you
think the business of lobbying could also?

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:59 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
> I'm even more opposed to restricting political speech.  Who would have the
> right to enforce it?
>
> I have a better idea.  Eliminate Washington DC.  Make every single elected
> representative in congress stay in their own district.  In this day of
> technology, internet, video conferencing, online social and collaboration,
> why is there any need for any of them to travel there again?  Can you
> imagine lobbyist having to fly to 50 states or 400-something districts to
> lobby?  They'd scream bloody murder.
>
> Greg
>
> On 8/29/2011 7:46 PM, Jebadiah Moore wrote:
>>
>> That's a good point; perhaps it would work though if somehow that negative
>> effect was mitigated?  For instance, restrict election speech and
>> reporting,
>> if you could somehow make that not backfire or fail, or use a radically
>> different constituent to representative ratio (say, 10,000:1), so that
>> politicking would be so local that it would be easy to tune it out (as
>> people tune out Resident's Representative to the Apartment Company
>> elections).
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