Our Two Biggest Problems
27 June 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
We are beset with two mega problems that, practicably, cannot be addressed. One is economic inequality, which now even Stephen Hawking thinks is a more serious threat than AI, and the second is the dysfunctional form of government we have adopted. Both are sinking our ship.
Inequality, in addition to the problems attending it which I have already described, has disenfranchised the people from their government. Money has taken over and is calling the shots in every direction. Those without money are not listened to or heard. Words don't matter. Cash does.
Our form of government does not solve problems. It locks them in. It is government by trip-stumble-and-fall stalemate. The only part of our government that functions smoothly is the receipt of campaign contributions and the dispensation of laws, regulations and favors to the rich. All else is a mediated failure.
The truth is we need a multi party, proportional voting parliamentary system that requires coalitions to operate, adjusts quickly, has no Supreme Court and boots out leaders when confidence in them is lost. Things can get done and mistakes corrected much more quickly.
No new country adopts our foolish system. New and reorganized nations, the EU and other systems eschew our form of government and adopt some semblance of what I suggest.
Yet look at how far we are -- emotionally and intellectually -- from being able to even address these two huge mega problems, much less make the requisite changes or move in the direction of changing them. The proposed constitutional convention we aspire to is to adopt balance the budget amendments and other conservative nonsense, all to worsen our situation.
Northern European countries laugh and properly view us as retards and lost. It is hard to disagree.