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Vlad Emil Petrea

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TED should one day, in some way, be involved in politics.

It has been said time and time again that politicians are the worst kind of people we could choose to run our countries, partially because they have a direct interest in becoming politicians.
The people speaking at TED however are mainly pioneers and/or leaders in their respective field. They are uninterested in being voted for, yet have so many valuable things to say from a philosophical and economical point of view. Therefore my question to you is...
How could the people speaking at TED have a more direct influence on a country's government in the future? What if ideas presented at TED could be voted upon, and then integrated in a legal framework (wherever applicable)?


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  • Jun 26 2013: TED must continue trying to be what the Universities were, before corporations took them over: The place where all ideas are discussed and analyzed.
    But let the political discussion, also very necessary for the functioning of our society, take place elsewhere.
    And let religious discussion be confined to the churches mosques and sinagogues, and the many web sites dedicated to that unfortunate part of the human experience.
    TED, like ancient Athens and its academies, should be focused on the search for enlightenment based solely on reason.

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