Stop Condoning Bad Government
Posted BY: Joseph Archer
Public approval of our government is appropriately about 10% and yet I never hear anyone advocate for anything different. Imagine a government where only 10% disapproved.
We like to tell ourselves that our government is composed of well-intentioned individuals valiantly struggling to provide the best quality of living for the populace. If only that were true. Instead, the fact is that what we really have is a group of individuals devoutly serving the interests of people who have the ability to control the public narrative and of course, the voting machines in swing states.
Allow me to give an example. We like to think that our military is primarily interested in building and maintaining the best fighting force possible. Unfortunately, what we really have is a bureaucracy composed of normal humans responding to normal incentives and acting in the most self-preserving manner available to them. And it is also true that if any individual were to advocate for prudence and frugality, they would just be replaced. As such, procurement officers aren’t interested in smart or cheap weapons or solutions, but rather, they are focused on securing a six-figure job with Raytheon after they retire from the military at 38.
Case in point. I presented a proposal for a means of defense and offense that would completely obviate the need for almost every weapon in the military universe. It would make F-35s and tanks and ships completely irrelevant, would be unstoppable, and would reduce the cost of our military by 99% but the military isn’t interested. Now of course, just because someone claims there is a better way to make a widget doesn’t make it so and someone has to make a call on such claims. However, the legitimacy of such a claim cannot be objectively evaluated when cost savings and simplification are the antitheses of the bureaucratic apparatus currently in place. But for the record, we have all witnessed hundredfold improvements in productivity in just our lives. As such, it is disingenuous to be outright dismissive when such claims are made. If the truth were told, they probably have the military element I proposed and are only building pointless planes and ships so that there are jobs at Raytheon when they retire at middle age.
Our rulers seem to believe the meaning of life is to keep the hamsters on the wheel while they fly around in private jets and are waited on by the worst sycophants the human race can produce. For them, it is about inventing toil for maximum employment whereas logically, we should seek to do everything as cleverly as possible to eliminate unnecessary toil. Their objectives seem to be to employ as many people as possible even if much of that work is pointless or even counterproductive. It is like high mass at the Vatican. As one of those hamsters, I disagree. I think if it is us hamsters who are to do the work of providing defense and food and transportation, we should be allowed to weigh in on how these tasks are pursued as well as whether they are even worthy of pursuit. I am pretty sure most people would not appreciate having to work to put new jet engines in planes slated to be retired.
The only way our country will ever have a government focused on the interest of the public and stop having the masses run to death on a hamster wheel of planned inefficiency and obsolescence is when the public can hear the ideas the power structure doesn’t want to be heard and can evaluate for themselves the merits of government projects. And the only way that can happen is when we adopt a digital form of governance where everyone can both propose and vote on how our country is governed and managed. Only when we remove the criminal element that seeks to use the government as an ATM to take money from the peasants and give it to those who support their continuation in power, will we be able to avoid the $700-hammer hustle.
If not for Elon Musk, it would still cost a billion dollars to put something into space. NASA would and will never, ever, do anything cost-effectively or cost-efficiently. After all, their principal function, as for all government bureaucracies, is to provide sinecures for the children of the ruling class. And it is only because Elon managed to acquire a grubstake and took on the challenge of engineering rocket engines himself that we now enjoy a real chance at an exciting future in space. In a matter of a generation, SpaceX has outengineered NASA a hundredfold. If we’re lucky, Elon might one day hear of how we can eliminate the shackle of a $700B/yr military and eliminate the graft and corruption of the military-industrial complex. But going forward, we can’t count on an Elon always being here to save us from the criminals who are only naturally adapting to a fundamentally flawed system of governance.
We as citizens need to look honestly at how our governmental structure fosters and indeed, makes corruption inevitable. Then we need to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity blockchain technology offers to improve the success, honesty, and equality of governance. Our system of elections, by definition, puts the power in the rich, as they control the media and now, ‘electronic’ voting machines. However, with the advent of smartphones and blockchain technology, it is now possible to transition our system of governance away from its binary, 18th-century, proxy-democracy beginnings and evolve into a 21st-century true democracy where popular will can be determined and implemented at the drop of a hat and the plutocracy can be eliminated without firing a shot.
Imagine a world, not just our nation, where the people actually governed themselves and the rich were not able to pilfer the national treasury to support lives of luxury and power without having to contribute one iota of labor or contribution. Imagine one-sentence laws everyone could both propose and vote on instead of these 7000-page testaments to grander than grand larceny. Imagine the elimination of government corruption. But most importantly, imagine a government that the peasants liked instead of resenting.