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Is It Time For Open Source Economics And Politics?

September 21st, 2008 No comments

Democracy:

“Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly, as in Ancient Greece, or through elected representatives as in many modern societies (representative democracy); A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.”

As in many fields now open source is the buzz word I wondered if it is time to start looking at open source economics and politics. I am not going to write a long essay on the subject now. I am going to do it piecemeal – a long slow exploration. Hopefully some real people will register on the site and comment on this project. That would make this article the beginning of an open source project in itself – as for regular commentators who show both intelligence and relevance I would give them authorship rights on the subject.

I would like to move freedomforall.net in a new direction. I will not make it a real “free for all” yet because of the spam issue yet I would certainly be interested in finding some co-authors from similar and contradictory positions.

Back to the subject. Or rather question. Is it time for open source economics and politics. I think the answer is directly related to the definition of democracy. The one I have quoted above is the best I found on a quick websearch to support the direction I believe this discussion (or monologue?) will go. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”, is my preferred definition.

That one says that in the United Kingdom I do not live in a democracy – a conclusion I recall reaching when I was about 12 or 13 years old and have never changed my mind about.

Matthew

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Long Time No Say

September 10th, 2008 No comments

This is the longest period of time in the five years I have been writing on freedomforall.net that I have written nothing. It’s largely because I have had nothing to say.

The economy has taken the dump I predicted long before the professional pundits and is of a depth of recession I predicted too long before the pundits.

My health is failing fast. Despite being deliberately denied medical care in the UK, when I left the country in search of that help elsewhere, I met with only administrative nightmares. Then the Jobcentreplus cut all my benefits and the London Borough of Newham illegally cut my housing benefit.

I had to return to the UK to deal with this administrative impasse. It has taken Newham Council 3 months to admit fault and reinstate all my benefits and this has delayed urgent medical treatment for months.

When I asked them for a reasonable level of compensation to allow me to pay for some private tests and help and catch up on lost time they made a derogatory offer of £50 – despite having admitted liability in writing.

No wonder they call Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin “Everyone Blind”. Unlike Robin Hood, Sir Robin takes from the poor to give to his photo-opportunities.

I have never known a man so obsessed with being in every photo – everywhere possible. How he gets time for Mayoral duties with all those publicity stunts and photo shoots going on I guess we will never know.

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