Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bill Gates on Budgets

Scary and crazy but true. I think the problem outlined above is exactly the same as the one in Wutburger; the decisions are made over people's heads, in the case of Wutburger, they protest, in the case of state budgets people stopped caring long time ago. But in both cases the problem is systemic. The system is too concentrated, too centralized for any regular person to wrap his / her head around or hold someone accountable in its entirety. We could allocate budgets per project, our technology allows this, with ppl voting for each budget item. The current democratic process is too coarse, too broad, too industrial. You vote for one person, and by definition you end up voting for all her projects, present and future. We need better granularity.

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