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Comments on Fred's Thoughts on Government: laws sunset

I enjoyed reading one of Fred's latest article: "Thoughts on government":
http://en.minguo.info/fred_gohlke/thoughts_on_government

I fully agree with the opening statement, regarding the three fundamental flaws of our government. His article directly inspired the poll this blog entry is attached to.

Fred, you write:

Nothing in our Constitution requires that laws be sunsetted.

Don't you mean the opposite: "Nothing in our Constitution prevent laws to be sunsetted"?

Thinking About Being Overwhelmed

Good Morning, Augustin

I'm flabbergasted.

I spent an hour before breakfast on Minguo, but sometimes on Linux. When I quit for breakfast, I was exhausted. I'd followed uncounted lines of thought, read "Hierarchy of contribution in Open Source" in its entirety, and found myself helplessly and completely lost.

Can this be helped?

I'm not sure.

The power in the site is overwhelming, not in a negative sense, but in the sense that there is so much more power than I ever thought possible - and clean power. Each action produces a crisp response, but there are just so many of them.

How to go from mob rule to intelligent rule?

This web site is dedicated to improving our democracies.
But I can help but pondering about the nature of democracy itself.

As noted in our wiki page about democracy:
http://en.minguo.info/wiki/democracy
Jefferson may have said:

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.

How to go from mob rule to intelligent rule?

Taxonomy and tagging of content: preparatory work

Taxonomy = tagging of content

This blog entry is a status report regarding the use of taxonomy and content tagging in this site.

Although currently a work in progress, the site taxonomy, i.e. the way different pages are content are tagged according to topics, is an important way content is categorized.
The aims are:
- to allow users to find the most relevant content on any topic.
- find the most compelling content, whenever it was posted, newer content not necessarily being more interesting than older one.

Ask your questions here if you need technical help

This is a generic thread where you can ask any technical questions regarding this web site, maybe even report bugs, etc.

We have a growing Help section here:
http://en.minguo.info/help
Check it out. But if you don't find the answer to your question, ask in a comment below.
I'll do my best to assist you, and together we can improve the documentation.

Spotlight on fallacies in political discourse

This web site is mostly about politics. Also, we would like to welcome participants of any political persuasions. This obviously will bring about the worst in political discourse: disagreements that lead to arguments, name calling, and all kinds of fallacies usually found in political discourse.

I would like this web site to document all kinds of political fallacies, so that they can be properly recognized for what they are, and incite the future members to avoid them.

Thoughts on Democracy

If we are to have a voice in our government, we must have a way to influence the choice of issues the government will address and the choice of the individuals we think best able to resolve them.

Fred Gohlke

Online Experiment with Practical Democracy

I just had the great pleasure to reconnect with Fred Gohlke. I re-read his Practical Democracy paper, and I since then, I keep thinking about ways to implement a small scale experiment, to see what it would give in practice.

My own resources are very limited so I have not much to offer. However, I am the owner of this web site and, with some help, I could get something organized to have a first, limited trial run, with a few interested members.

BBOG: What strategy after one year?

One year after the kidnapping of the Chibok girls, I am going to post a series of 3 short blog posts about our strategy for the future.

In short:
- Support core activists and coordinate global campaign
- Provide information that highlights what can be done (as opposed to mere "infotainement").
- Act in ways that our individual efforts build on each other's work.
- Not rely on Twitter, as it has proved to be a very poor platform for activism.

The Chibok girls

The issue of the Chibok girls speaks a lot about the incompetency of our government and our government forgetting the issue to focus on election matters speaks a lot about the misplaced priorities of our government and lack of value for human ĺife.The life of those girls are very important and should have been given every attention than all these political matters....Those girls are people's daughters and sisters and as well citizens who should be protected by the country.Yet the government has failed to do everything possible yo bring them back.the failure of the government to bring them back

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