Thursday, December 3, 2009

I’m sorry but we need government

href="http://protoblogger.com/2009/12/03/im-sorry-but-we-need-government/">by Dave Winer on Protoblogger

/>When I was coming of age, in the time of Watergate and Vietnam, like many others I was so fed up with
government, that I came to believe that we needed to fuck up the government so it could stop fucking with
us. The United States was bad, that’s what we thought, and there was a lot of justification for that point
of view. I voted for Reagan, as a lot of other people did, because he said what we believed. Let’s get on
with doing our thing, and keep the government from screwing up. Of course it turns out that isn’t what
Reagan was doing, he was just saying that to get our votes. Figures.



Anyway,
now we live in different times. Now the problem are the mega-corporations. The cure, imho, is to create new
business entities
that serve the users first. Sure the shareholders make money, when you take a
risk and produce a product or service that people want, that’s great and there must be rewards or people
won’t risk. I’m a capitalist. But the things these companies are doing now is not capitalism. They know we
don’t have time to understand all the ways they can screw each of us individually. If we did, there would be
no time for living. So we should hire people to study what they’re doing and route around it. Either make it
illegal, or start a co-op to offer the same service or product without the gotchas.

That’s
the reasoning behind the health insurance “public option,” which is a damned good idea.
We’ve tried it the way the insurance industry wants to do it, and the result is a lot of needless death,
sickness, and wasted money. So, they can keep doing what they’re doing, but we’re going to pool our
resources and self-insure. We could either form a new entity to do it, or we could use the one we already
went to the trouble to
create.

That was what the American Revolution was about, freeing ourselves from
tyranny. There we go again. We allowed ourselves to be snookered into thinking that using our power is a
form of weakness. Reagan. I don’t think Obama is our friend (remember, he href="http://openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=3263">likes Reagan), but I think if we kick his
ass and show our power, he’ll come around. I heard Markos say the other day that they need to reactivate the
base — but that’s bullshit. We need to reactivate ourselves. Obama didn’t organize this, that’s why we’re
all so confused. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t particularly want Obama. I desperately wanted to get
rid of Bush. For a while I was going to vote for Hillary. So were a lot of other people.

Sure,
I cried tears of joy when we elected a young black man with his young black family. It was a wonderful
moment, but that moment has now passed. Now we have to decide what we really want. It’s not up to Obama to
activate us, it’s up to ourselves.

But don’t be kidded, we need government, without it,
companies will just make more meaningless paper value and we’ll keep having collapses. Those guys don’t have
a clue where to go either. I think that may be the problem. We don’t know what we’re doing here. More on
that later.

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