Monday, June 1, 2009

It's so simple ...

I was wondering what happened to Obama. While not a progressive he was at least intelligent, informed and apparently thoughtful. But this post explains it: Not Writing for Power.

We're all familiar with the idea that power corrupts.
The British historian Lord Acton said: “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
I don't think that's quite what's happened to Obama. Instead, it's a case of 'power makes people stupid."
"By using mathematical theories, the American scholar Jonathan Bendor proves the great value of independent thinking and the limitations of decision makers. When leaders are too busily occupied with myriad state affairs, institutional methods can be used to ease their cognitive constraints, by seeking wise solutions from among the people and encouraging independent thinking in government officials. But in a totalitarian country, such institutional methods do not and cannot exist."
Inspite of all the hype about Obama being open to the ideas of those who do not agree with him, in actuality Obama's solution to problems come from a very narrow set of solutions proposed by those in power; those who benefit, usually monetarily, from those very decisions. Those with alternate solutions, solutions that may look beyond immediate gain of the Banksters and Robber Baron Corporatists are either shut out completely or allowed to voice their concerns after the decisions have been solidified.

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