Anthonie Muller

Amsterdam - Zuid Oost, Netherlands

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Anthonie Muller
Posted about 1 year ago
Political parties should be banned in the United States of America.
There is clearly a kind of lock-in operating for politicians: to get elected, they need money, and to get money, they must favor to special interests. How about this idea: just as jurors, part of elective bodies is not chosen, but is instead randomly selected from the population/populace? One can modify this idea: make the fraction of juror parliamentarians equal to the fraction of people that do not vote. I am certain that political discussions would become less boring; moreover, there would be more people in parliaments that are open minded. It might also result in making visible that the politicians that we have now are not that bad compared to a random selection of the population. If such randomly chosen people do well, they might be electable by regular election. Another modification: people could volunteer for such random parliamentarian positions, although I fear that you would get a lot of cranks and nuts this way. Has anyone else ideas on how this proposal could be improved?
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Anthonie Muller
Posted about 1 year ago
Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?
I am not comfortable about all the data being collected, but there is not much I can do about it. And the issue has so many different aspects. How can society protect itself - preferentially, without paying much for it? Eavesdropping is cheap, and reliable - to some extent. A key point is the integrity of the collectors. But who shall guard the guards? And the guard cannot always be nice, and often will have to make difficult choices. Society seems to accept a certain amount of crime, or unethical behavior. But where to draw the line? So anyone who calls a criminal can be recorded - which may be a good thing - but also anyone who calls or views porn sites, sexual 'deviants', prostitutes, drug dealers, bookies, psychiatrists, medical doctors. Employers with the right connections - such as especially in small towns - may easily get access to such data. It is already a problem that the Internet does not forget (a recorded prank by a teenager is seen by an employer just before a job interview). NSA data could similarly end up in the wrong hands: other governments (note that both Saddam Hussein and Ben Laden where once allied to the US), cliques in the government, your colleague who is competing for the same position in your organization. They may all use it for blackmail. Knowing about the NSA scheme, one can also fake connections: use someone's else's phone or internet acces to call the wrong people. With these collected data, people can become 'convicted' without being able to explain themselves. It seems that we moved from the 60s society where one could say 'Anything goes' to a society where Baltasar Gracian's remark 297 applies; "Always act just as if there are witnesses. . . . A careful person knows that the walls have ears . . . Who assumes the whole world is watching, does not fear that his neighbours are watching him inside his home." Have we created a God that knows all our sins? Can we go to confession? In the meantime, world population keeps growing . . .