Philip Boese

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Philip Boese
Posted over 1 year ago
Is Technology stopping or abetting political apathy? Can we beat political apathy with technology?
I think there is a substantial amount of evidence out there that the report of the 9/11 Commission explaining the attacks is very faulty and incorrect in many ways. It pains me that the general public is so quick to accept whatever they are told. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (name may not be just exactly that) seem to say there's lots and lots to doubt about the government's version of "the truth". It must be the case that the majority of people do not want to hear what whistle-blowers have to say, preferring not to disrupt the status quo no matter how mediocre it may be. I must be an outlier, because all this stuff bothers me a lot. It seems that internet technology is making some inroads toward making other than the "official story" available to the public, but whether we can ever get enough voters to confront the corruption in government is still an open question. Again, I point to anticorruptionact dot org. Why doesn't everybody tell their friends and neighbors, hey, lets get the corruption out of our government so it can work for us for a change? Too many just don't believe it's possible, while many don't even want to see a problem there at all. I imagine a large number of my facebook "friends" have elected not to have my posts show on their page since I am like a broken record on these things.
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Philip Boese
Posted over 1 year ago
Is Technology stopping or abetting political apathy? Can we beat political apathy with technology?
I'd like to see internet technology used to educate the electorate to the possibility of getting the well known corruption in government under control. Good people have made a plan to get money out of politics in the US and are promoting it via the website www.anticorruptionact.org . They want public funding of federal election campaigns to get rid of Citizens United PACs of billionaire money deciding who gets elected. I post a link to their website on so many political posts I comment on on facebook and online newspaper articles. I cannot understand why it is so slow to gain momentum. What's not to like about changing campaign finance to make lawmakers more responsive to voters than to big money operations? The people behind the web site seem OK with taking some years to get the deal going, but I can't see why it's so slow going.....
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Philip Boese
Posted over 1 year ago
Is Technology stopping or abetting political apathy? Can we beat political apathy with technology?
I agree the idea of improving the educating of our youth on participation in politics has merit and also think some now in politics will want to hold it back, benefiting from ignorance and apathy in the electorate. What if someone set up a system for people to suggest online topics for the President to comment on and had him respond to the top three each week? Could we convince lawmakers to mandate the President address our concerns for thirty minutes a week? I'd ask him about the TPP, the top secret Trans Pacific Partnership "free trade" deal he wants to enact without Senate approval via Fast Track and see him squirm around that one with a politician's favorite tool, shall we say misleading words. Anyway, perhaps as middle class suffering increases, more people will be willing to demand something better from those we elect. There are so many huge problems, money in politics and lack of choice with only two parties to name a couple.