Politicians are useless.
Of course, many people have felt that way throughout history, but today in the communication age politicians are actually, physically useless because they’re outdated.
We needed politicians at a time when the capitol and the cornfield were far apart. For the citizen to have any say on their government’s policy, they would need to send “one of their own” to peruse and defend their interests. Now that the internet has connected nearly everyone in “the first world,” the idea of one opinionated person as a representative of a populous is ludicrous, a blatant adherence to the millennium-long traditions of corruption and genocide of the elite and powerful.
What simply cannot be overstated is there is no “best interest” for everyone. We are a collection of individual human beings with differences of opinions on social topics, and more importantly, widely varied ways we choose to participate in commerce in order to provide for ourselves and our families. Every one of us comes from a unique background, and never before has someone experienced every thought, emotion, trauma and joy of their constituents. No human being can possibly understand and employ the position of a large group of people.
Thankfully, we have the ability today to instantaneously share information through the internet. Every single one of us could feasibly represent ourselves in the process of governing. It’s not a far fetched suggestion technologically. We play video games with partners on the other side of the world. We trade commodities in real time on foreign exchanges. Our military flies unmanned vehicles across the skies from data centers thousands of miles away. Our proxies are highly capable of operating with remote data that we control through the internet.
When I have this discussion with people, I receive the same response every time: yes that absolutely makes sense, but it will never happen.
Ask yourself why. Is it because the technology is unreliable or insecure? Is it because access to the internet and online voting isn’t widespread enough for the system to work?
The technology is absolutely feasible. And more people have access to the internet than clean water. Compare the penetration of internet access in the US to the percentage of people who vote in national elections. Uh huh.
In a future where each individual actually has a voice in politics, it would be much more challenging and costly for the powerful and elite to steal your money, poison your food and our atmosphere, and indenture the population into a no-sum game of working for corporations and accruing debt in an effort to live a reasonable and comfortable life.
Nobody needs a politician except the corruptors.
How about we vote on everything ourselves?