||[Jan. 22nd, 2010|08:54 am]
Giving Up All My Yesterdays For All My Tomorrows
So I turn on the news this morning for the first time in months and I'm confronted with the story that campaign contribution limits for corporations have been overturned by the supreme court and that the language is so broad that it gives true free speech rights to corporations.|
The grand experiment is over. I had some hope this last election cycle in the power of the people, I felt that we could affect the course of the country a little bit, maybe by 8-10% or so. That irrational feeling is gone.
I feel like I should be more sad but I'm not, I've always been a person that embraces change. Money is now in control of this country and the american business sector controls most of the money. In Charles Stross's excellent book Accelerondo, government on earth eventually becomes detached from geography and is an organization you buy into, sort of like the AAA. In Neil Asher's great set of polity novels business eventually learns to create artificial intelligence, that AI eventually gains control of the company and then the AIs in charge of the companies battle it out for supreme leadership over earth.
It's always easy to forget that we're living in the future. If I had more drive I'd set up an opt-in government on my own but as always by development and creative energy is tapped. Pretty soon, somebody out there is going to create the first opt-in government. The citizens will still have to play by the rules of the geographic government of course but it will set the stage.