On Grades:

I find that the most legitimate areas of quality in my project are originality, relevance, and execution.  Although the latter category is quite difficult given the short span of time for this project, and the immense complexity of our projects – in my case, of political structure, in particular – I believe, for this project, that idealism is central.  The ideas ought aim towards  that ideal and receive due emphasis, in alignment with Himanen’s basic element of passion, in the Hacker Ethic.  Whether it be of craftsmanship (stick houses), exploration (tourism), instruction (coaching), or another passion, the  ideas that compose this accumulative process ought express the ideal at each hacker’s heart.  Originality is important – quite literally in its origin with the personal “hacker” – as is relevance, of the hacker to his project and vice versa.  If the hacker exemplifies passion for his project, familiarity with its intricacies, and efficiency in its execution, then I think that he/she merits commendation for doing so.


Journal Entry (4/20/10)

Social differences exist regionally still, yet regionally they remain; thus if, with bare majority, a movement succeeds of dire unpopularity, then a mass may move by national right to regions of conservative maintenance.  Contrarily, the growth of regional liberty permits migration of afflicted persons to join in greater freedom.

Though formal in state, the boundaries wither by the relentless fury of network formation, and unfound the senseless attachments that plague base political motive.  The individualist lives and moves by his ideological will.  He no longer restricts himself to fruitless dissatisfaction, but whimsically follows pleasantry to its new capital.

Francis Bacon said that wonder plants the learnèd seed, and modern knowledge passionately founds its counter.  In their productive information, wonder and knowledge passionately bear the indefinite expanse through which the mind wanders.  From chaos the mind forms its network to fertilize each passionate thought, as the hummingbird to its blossom.  On excitement winged, the individual furiously churns the air, yet soundly floats in place to share in productive harmony; thus the individualist indulges.

With information infinite, the individual dotes on thoughts so pleasant as to merit thought, and in passing leaves his fruitful mark behind for citizens of like pattern to find.  The productive centers of individualism blight the worthless wrought iron of foreign towers.  The city’s plans lie founded in every curiosity thus planted, by which to follow the individualist finds boundless wealth.  The substance of millions to fall on like happiness, to express with happy likeness of individual products, in each other likely formed.


Journal Entry (4/15/10)

The Young Hegelians thrive within society, yet as termites consume its foundation without respect to structure.  They leave only rotten beams, with specificity once placed by careful men of deliberate progress; yet, to the other side, presently conscious men – though with fixation on past industry – lie beam for support at diverse and excessive angle for purpose of security, but from purpose unknown.  The statehouse thusly stands with rotten structure propping uselessly forgotten vaults to shelter complacency in expedience.

To change is certain, and often necessary, but with void, state proposals the American “politician” glibly spews endless hubris.  With weakening amidst purpose diverse, the incongruence of social demand develops formal filibuster to unravel with half its weight.  The nation of American states no longer unites on national ground, but bickers incessantly on the basic rights to liberty with which the Constitutional spirit endows each of its citizens.

However, as freedom holds the right to preference, let the nation federally, faithfully focus about like circles, in which men feel onely.  Let efficiency of that industrial spirit drive the great Hegelian passion – that mutual oversoul – and form the nation about high reason, rather than in its mere likeness.


MEDIA UPDATE:  Somewhere floating around this blog is a copy of my pamphlet template (the frontispiece in its partial completion).  I attempted in vain to attach it to this page, but I think that it’s underneath “Media.”


UPDATE OF INTENTION:  I will publish two modes of political commentary: one contemporary mode (a blog) and another antiquated mode (a pamphlet).  The two will address the same topic (namely political inefficiency and restructuring), but the blog will possess a more informal, journalist perspective – using links to relevant sources, media, etc. – while the pamphlet will briefly issue a idealist, declaration of prerogative.  The content of both will depart from principally networkist structure, in contrast to vertical hierarchy, and embrace common American ideals of liberalism, independence, and representation.  Materially, the contrast between blog and pamphlet provides a departure point of humorous novelty, yet also reveals the ideological liberties that modern, Western society fortunately possesses, the inheritance of modern media, and the means through which technological innovation enables immediate progression, with the spontaneity of social network and communication technology.


Initial Proposal

The modern political system of the United States possesses certain elements vestigial of a bygone era.  One only needs to compare the first Continental Congress – consisting of fifty-six delegates from twelve of the thirteen, original colonies – and its intimate setting at Carpenters’ Hall to understand the drastic difference in which Congress presides today.  From fifty states, the Senate and House of Representatives now employ 535 politicians in delegation, who – contrarily to their historical counterparts – spend a large portion of their day campaigning for supportive funds, appeasing various interest groups, and abandoning their various individual interests.  The Federal centralization about a singular, national President, and an inefficient system of disincentive requires, at the very least, a thorough audit of its structure.  As a genuinely novel perspective of behavioral phenomena, network theory reveals certain prospects for reformation of the currently vertical, political hierarchy to a more efficient network of autonomous nodes.

The necessary adjustments for our political system fall upon four pillars.  Firstly, the system must decentralize.  The deconstruction of the vertical model would substantially decrease vulnerability from presidential assassination and disperse information across borders, as borders become increasingly artificial in the growing political, economic, and social environments.  Secondly, to reorganize the political system must regionalize.  Regionalization disperses political responsibilities along regional relevance, and strengthens regional efficiency locally.  Within regional structures, allocation of government spending in accordance with social demand encourages support for taxation, and improves satisfaction in state production in readily observable surroundings.

Thirdly, the public must demand diversity in its representation by further limiting term durations of congressional officers.  The greater turnover eliminates the political profession, and encourages proper representation of the people, by the people, and not by glib rhetoricians.  With diversity, then, comes the fourth pillar of autonomy.  The promotion of conviction according to personal prerogative, rather than factional status quo, generates greater potential for social movement by preventing individual nodes from incurring debts, devotion, or attachment to any specific group.  With publicized funding and caps on individual contribution, individuals possess the freedom from foreign obligation, and honesty ability to obey their personal values.

I aim to address the current government, apply network theory, and to determine to what extent each of those four pillars affect congressional policy, efficiency, and accuracy.




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