The Future of Free Elections in a High Tech Society

We probably won’ disagree that all governments share one basic similarity: They are comprised of people exercising power over other people. Then, the arguments start. The American Founders said clearly that this is innately destructive of the common weal because people are innately selfish at the expense of other people. Quis custodiet ipsos custodies asked the Roman playwright: “Who will govern the governors?” Today’s political Left argues; those folks claim that people running government are –at least when they are in charge – unselfishly pursuing the good of the multitude. You decide.

While you are deciding, we will bring up a couple of relevant points that occur to us these ays. First, the organized U.S. political Left, which is to say the Democrats, is actively funding and organizing street violence in varying degrees to prevent the somewhat less organized political Right from public presentation of its message. The same folk are pressing businesses and universities to fire and/or boycott exponents of the Right while the Leftish media continuously demonizes them. This seems at the moment, mostly a one-way street; the right has not produced a comparable response so far.

In Congress, the Democrats and some Republicans join to prevent President Trump’s programs from advancing and a bill of impeachment has been introduced. The U.S. Left seems to believe that merely winning an election does not confer legitimacy upon any non-Democratic president. Today’s Left are become totalitarians; implicitly, only they are entitled to govern and they are applying available pressure against any who disagree, including street riots or threats of them against those who may disagree in public. That brings up a question …

Actually, two questions: First, how can there be freely elected government in a society where the largest power bloc believes it has a right to suppress its opposition in any available manner?

The second, related question is more technological: How can there be free elections in a society where the government has access to the names, addresses and voting record of every citizen? So far, no electronic records have resisted hacking to some degree so far as we can discover and new stories of government snooping keep popping up. Add to that, it is government that counts the votes, right?

So, in this bravest of all brave new worlds, how will free elections persist? Again, you decide …

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About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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One Response to The Future of Free Elections in a High Tech Society

  1. NEO says:

    Good one, Jack.

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