William Baldwin

Jasper, GA, United States

About William

Bio

I am an aspiring author aspiring to engage in the battle of ideas for my daughter's future. I was raised in the Mountain West on ranches, have worked in the building trades and have now come to the conclusion that Society's ills stem from Man having become disconnected from Nature's Laws; whether the disconnect is simply the natural course for civilizations as they urbanize is the question.

Languages

English

An idea worth spreading

Paternalism is destructive to human nature.

I'm passionate about

The State of Society

Talk to me about

Economics, Society and Education, but I am also interested in many other topics.

Comments & conversations

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William Baldwin
Posted over 2 years ago
Hacking democracy: a simple, legal way to put the power in the hands of the people
To implement gradual change in a democracy will fail because as soon as the going gets tough the people will take the path of least resistance, what's best for them, a messiah and so on. The problem is throughout society not just in the power structure. The people keep electing the same people! The American Founders were genius for their time, and there is much we can learn from their original intentions. Thomas Jefferson said there should be a revolution every generation, instead we have been compliant citizens for GENERATIONS.
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William Baldwin
Posted over 2 years ago
Hacking democracy: a simple, legal way to put the power in the hands of the people
I appreciate your response and the amount of thought you have applied. I will check out your site. As far as the isolation, I never meant to imply that the Federal government should not have a role. I only said that it should be severely limited; my observations from our past and present mistakes. What you are suggesting is similar to what my brother and I have discussed, but we keep running into trouble when we apply full-blown democracy at a national level. The argument is, as you point out, that people will have a say directly in legislation, but when one reads Facebook postings......Then there is the polling. People contradict themselves all the time. They want their freedoms or benefits, but are unwilling to allow someone else theirs. I just have to ponder whether we have evolved enough to bear the burden of such a responsibility over our fellow man. Have you read Alexis de Tocqueville? As far as a societal collapse, I don't know what will happen. Have you tried hiring someone to do a job? A society's value is not in its money, but rather its human capital and ability to utilize its resources. Yes, there are good hard working people out there, but I have seen the change over the last twenty years, and five or ten percent of the population cannot do all the work or all the thinking. There has been a conditioning process which has effected self-reliance and durability. Some will say it is the double-edged sword of prosperity, and this is an aspect you should consider when contemplating how effective democracy will work in the near future (50-100 years). Maybe, whether with your or our present system, we will naturally move towards another societal state no matter what we do. Sadly, Mankind seems to have to suffer at his own hand before he learns, and the secret, I believe, is an honest chronicling of those mistakes for future generations. How with the power structure as it is? I wish I knew.
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William Baldwin
Posted over 2 years ago
Hacking democracy: a simple, legal way to put the power in the hands of the people
I agree that there must be decentralization of government so that the people can have a say, but.... The problem with Democracy is the people usually vote for who promises them the most money or an easier way of life, then they are surprised when they merely get a pittance or no new opportunities appear at their door step. You also don't want people in New York and Chicago deciding how things should be in Oklahoma or Wyoming; further reason for decentralization. These lobbyists are a result of an out-of-control-tax-code; it is natural for Man to use any means possible to gain an advantage over their competition. A Federal Government must be severely limited in its scope, and localities must be empowered. However, in the United States today the localities are dependent upon the Feds giving them back their tax money or redistributing the tax money from a more prosperous region. Our system of government is broken, and to continue to seek an avenue where everyone gets what they think they WANT will only postpone the inevitable.