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Are our problems beyond politics?

Is politics is a system of persuasion? Doesn't it look to tow you towards one idea or a competing one? Aren't our largest problems -- overpopulation, massive discrepancies in consumption from nation-to-nation, hunger, disease, AIDS -- problems that we can all agree on? It's not like abortion, where it's a matter of belief, right? Does anyone out there think people should starve? Is it a matter of what to vote for? Or a matter of how to vote for it, what actions to take? And in any kind of situation like that, doesn't a collaborative body work better than a deliberative one? Haven't we seen that if you leave two parties to argue, they will do just that? People who disagree don't often come to compromise by idealizing their arguments to the extreme, do they?

So are we beyond politics? Can politics save the day? Or is it becoming obsolete when it comes to making real, big change? What CAN make that change?

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    Jan 6 2013: The main problem with politicians is that after learning how to use the political hammer, everything looks like a nail. Politicians should have a stronger tecnical background so they can at least see the gap between the tecnically optimal solution to a problem and the political compromises that are made to address it, and hopefully realize how outlandish some of those compromises can be.

    Preferably tho, I would like to see more problems usually left to politicians being crowdsourced in what would be a truer democratic government spirit.

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