I’ve been writing this blog for three years this month, and have accumulated many partially written blogs that remain unpublished. I may as well just publish them as is, and if I ever feel inspired to finish any, do so later.
June 28th, 2012
Lord Acton was alleged to have said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Which I also take to mean that there is a sliding scale; as power increases, so does corruption.
Which would mean that we want the absolutely smallest government possible, with those who have power to have as little as possible, for the shortest time possible. Presently there is a steep pyramid structure of power – a structure as flat as possible, with few different gradations, would leave a lot less scope for corruption.
Whatever happened to the idea that people could vote online for any issues that concern them – online banking has been shown over the last few years to be pretty secure, so why not online politics? If you don’t care – don’t vote on the issue. If you care, then you do. And with an independent audit of the software and the collation of the results, of course.
And responsibility for one’s actions can is slowly being forced onto politicians, bankers and corporate decision makers. Iceland is convicting bankers and politicians, Blair and George W. Bush are being chased for war crimes, and have been convicted in independent courts, in fact. Now Bush cannot leave the US, even to Canada, for fear of being arrested.
You can’t really imagine Churchill, for example, being charged for his war crimes (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/soutikbiswas/2010/10/how_churchill_starved_india.html), so this is a major change.