Friday, October 24, 2008

Massachusetts Marathon

Tomorrow Ralph Nader is going for the world record of most campaign stops in one day, in MA. Sorry to anyone who reads this too late, I only found out recently. Here are the times and locations, I'm planning on dragging a bunch of friends to the 5:40 stop in Auburn.


Sunday, October 05, 2008


In the wake of the bailout, something I've been thinking for a long time has become much more important. By now it's clear that the representatives in Washington are not representative of the will of the people, but in reality believe they know better than we do. I'm not going to get into how this is trickle-down economics with a scary sense of urgency, but instead focus on the real problem; the republic.

In this day and age of instant communication and mind-blowingly fast computation, why are we willing to settle for anything less than direct democracy? I don't know about you folks, but I want my individual interests to be represented just as much in government as anyone else's. With Obama and McCain unwilling to discuss direct democracy and electoral reform, it boils down to two options:
  • Vote for a candidate who supports the voting system that gave us George W. Bush and supports the "representation" that gave us the bailout, or
  • Vote for a third party candidate who supports voting system reform and direct democracy. If that's not Nader that's fine by me, but please don't vote for "good enough" or "lesser evil" when you have the opportunity right now to actually support governing ourselves.
If you disagree with me on this, please let me know, because I am honestly baffled as to why intelligent people are content with what we have now.
Freedom is participation in power. - Cicero

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