Friday, February 18, 2005

Q: What is an effective, just political action?

A: Picking up the garbage.

I am beginning to get some new insight into an approach to politics that might be useful. I wonder if the notion of voting or expressing one preference for "who's gonna run the show" is of any real use. I think that universal civil service is the real answer. To my limited understanding of ancient Greece, all citizens (the non-slave, white guys with property) were required to participate in the administration of government, no matter how much of an inconvenience it was. I like the idea of the effective administration of democracy meaning that at some point all of us have to get in the garbage truck for a while and drive it around to pick up the refuse. If our civic leaders did more of this and less thinking up ways to bomb shit, the world would be a better place.


Blogger Ralph Loizzo said...

So let me get this straight.

Instead of bombing shit up and picking up the pieces,

they(we) should be picking up shit bombs?

I'm sorry Bob. I think that's too complicated.

Most civil service people are walking examples of oxymorons.

Most aren't civil;

most aren't servicing.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Bob Reselman said...

There is a difference between serving out of a sense of duty as opposed to serving for financial compensation, I think.

Maybe it is time to terminiate the relationship between civic duty (civil service) and political power.

11:28 AM  

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