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Taking back the Net

Tech savvy entrepreneurs take back the network during the Occupy New York movement. They had developed a software / hardware solution to wirelessly network and spread information.

It seems like a very obvious next step for the makers that they develop a portable polling station to improve the accessibility of local voting on issues for instance in an area of a city. Imagine if at the general assembly demonstrators would have been allowed to vote via a server, it would be ingenious and empowering at the same time, minimizing the headache of direct-democracy and making decisions on the spot.


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Crisis Infographics

The following info graphics serve to explain the different aspects of the current global economic crisis in understandable language. Basically governments are over-borrowing to pay for the different facets of government; war, bank-bailouts, economic bailout packages, along with the regular costs’ of running countries.

When the debt to GDP (ratio to debt) of a country gets too high they have to continue to finance the interest on the government debt, leading to a deficit in national income. GDP being the ‘gross domestic product’, the amount of income per capita (citizen) that a country generates. Eventually the debt gets too high and this means that the country can either default or print more money (causing hyper-inflation).

The system is based on secrecy, because if it was clear how much money major countries are in debt then the financial / investment markets would become unstable, giving the governments unfavorable credit ratings, causing investors to move to other markets and generally causing economic decline. An integrated facet of the current school of economic thought is that the economy must continually be growing in order to pay off the ever growing national debt. If the economy would reach a no growth or decline situation than the interest on national debt could no longer be covered by national income (unless taxes were raised). However a continually growing economy is an irrational thought because the earth and her resources are finite, eventually leading to a no growth situation (which is predictable and agreeable). In this leveled off or no growth situation national debt becomes impossible to pay off. The current economic paradigm is therefore impossible to sustain.

The American 2007 (+/-) homeowner crisis

Japan’s 2012 Debt Problem Visualized

Food Speculation

Less to do directly with the crisis but more so about the nature of international business on a large scale. Our current paradigm and system allow for economic exploitation at the cost of regular citizens.


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Warm Winter

Current events are unfolding Athens, Greece as a reaction to austerity measures.

Meanwhile Iceland (and their handling of the 2008-2012 economic crisis) has it’s own wikipedia entry.

 

 


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Economize

The Zeitgeist Movement.

 
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(Â) = Anarchy

Maybe ironic, and mostly true.

 

Anarchy is coming together; The structure of anarchy, maintains individuality whilst allowing people to work together, and leave each other in peace.

Anarchy is coming together.

Opinion

“opinion” is an absurd way of saying I’m tired with politics as it stands. The notion that people are elected and then proceed to not accomplish a fraction of their election promises, due to a compromising, complicated and watered-down system.

From a technological point of view; democracy could be much directer – with politicians presenting viewpoints and the public voting over internet in binding referendums. Politicians would not become the policy makers but rather the managers of the vast bureaucracy that is modern government. Such a situation would be closer to direct-democracy as the Athenians originally envisioned it. I don’t see the point of having people decide for a term what course to take on a wide range of policies; if it is becoming clear that these interests are influenced by behind the scenes lobbies, interest groups and corporations with vast wealth that never face the scrutiny of the voting public.

Representative democracy (and the resulting misrepresentation of the public) underestimates the capacity of the public to make informed decisions. It may well be a thing of the past if progress is made on internet enabled, binding referendums.

Furthermore politicians in most countries are closely linked to industry and banking, where they control the rules and make profits off of the public via the economy. Instead of making simple laws (the Netherlands a case in point), and economic decisions that benefit the majority – they rule for the behind the scenes “powers-that-where”.