The Science of Democracy

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Dave Winer - dave.winer@gmail.com

Cc: Doc Searls - doc@searls.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 24 Jan 2017 10:00 CDT

Subject: The Science of Democracy...

This is an invite to my two most favored bloggers, Dave Winer and Doc Searls - an invite to cooperate in an effort to help solve societies current problems - starting with, what I consider to be, a fundamental and/or cause/problem.

We have a shortage of people that understand and support "The Science of Democracy."

Please, above all, accept what I write as nothing more than a statement of my opinion - I have no need or desire to insult either one of you. My objective is to learn what I can about your opinions on the related points - and that, of course, is what Democracy is all about.

First, a little introduction, from the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Now, obviously, that "all men" could use some adjustment; however, my complaint starts in September 1942 with my entry as a Freshman at Edison High School in Minneapolis, MN. We took a test to determine our math/science capability - a test that split the Freshmen Class into two groups (whatever happened to that "created equal"?). The "winners" got special treatment in preparation for a college education - and the losers got ignored. That single mistake by our government ruined my personal high school experience. I wasn't very sociable before ninth grade and high school didn't help.

The key point; however, is that all persons must be treated as equal in the eyes of the law - if a Democracy is to function effectively. However, we citizens of the United States of America do not have a fully functioning Democracy. A problem that needs solving.

The second point is that "pursuit of Happiness," as well as the First Amendment to the Constitution, and it's Freedom of Speech clause really put some limitation on the ability of one individual to change another individual's behavior.

Personal experience aside, the present political situation demonstrates the futility of behavior control. Donald Trump is going to be Donald Trump - no matter the opposition. The voters knew what kind of person he was and they still decided to give him the job as POTUS.

It is not that Donald Trump is a problem - it's all those other jokers that the voters have elected that is the problem. This, of course means that we need a system to educate the voters. It may be anti-democracy to work on behavior control; however, there are no laws about programming the computers to provide information in a manner that allows the free exercise of Democratic principles.

And, that is what this communication is all about - I have some ideas on the subject that I would like to discuss with both of you. Are you willing??

to be continued (of course)

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention).

BTW, I am working on a replacement system for individuals -- and I sure could use some help. Please see http://pdmsb.com, a work-in-process.

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