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The Glorious Experiment

The “Glorious Experiment” was just that, built around the environment of that late-eighteenth-century and its contemporary challenges of transport & communications over distances. Any federation of even a small number of sovereign states face the same challenges (e.g. India, Germany, Malaysia, Australia) but do not have that critical & fundamental flaw probably because they (a) […]

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The Origin of Usonia

Recently the use of the term “Usonia” to refer to the population of the republic styled “The United States of America” has provoked outrage from some citizens of that country, especially those to the right of the political spectrum. This author uses the term respectfully and always with an initial capital as a proper noun, […]

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Electoral Reform in the U.S.A. – Step One

Here’s a simple first step on the long road to participatory democracy. Leave the individual states alone – they can clean up their own act, should they desire. Establish a (real) Federal Electoral Commission Define federal electoral districts by population independently, with a panel of electors to approve by 2/3rds majority Automatic enrolment of all […]

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Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?

On June 14, 2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its research on Donald Trump. A political world already numbed by Trump’s astonishing rise barely took notice. News reports quoted experts who suggested the Russians merely wanted more information about Trump to […]

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The Coming Collapse

It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. by Chris Hedges The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural […]

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Flux & Issue Based Direct Democracy

by Max Kaye, first published on http://voteflux.org on Friday, 26 May, 2017 The Flux Movement is founded on (what I now call) Deutschian Fallibilism. It’s an evolution of Popperian Fallibilism and David Deutsch’s book The Beginning of Infinity does a great job of explaining both the theory and exploring the breathtakingly profound consequences. In one light it’s […]

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Brexit Result

One correspondent wrote today: The British have no idea what they just did. Their demagogues are gleefully rubbing their hands while ignorant to the abyss they just pushed the country into. The Brexit has revealed many ugly truths about the British people as a whole. It lifted a veil and revealed the dramatic flaws the […]

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Saving Private Holden

I’m frustrated with the superficiality of the debate over “saving” Holden. Once again, they’re missing the point entirely. The issue is not, or should not be, about bailing out another Detroit dinosaur. The important issue is the future of automotive manufacture in Australia. Should we have one at all? I suggest there a number of […]

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Can we save the corporate elephant?

Since the unhappy days of the Taligent alliance, I have been no fan of Microsoft. The corporate culture, the software development methodologies, the dreaded EULA and the arrogant market dominance all offended my sensibilities. With the exception of perhaps Excel, their products didn’t thrill me although I still occasionally use some on the WinXP I […]

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