The Age of Government is Past…

Goverment has been out paced by business.

Up until a decade ago the power of the federal state was the ultimate power of recogning as they controlled the strings, therefore all including business had to follow along like it or not.  Yet the world has changed and government hasn’t here is why we have many of the social problems of the day.  As think about it this way, back in the say the 70’s and even to the 80’s if a company did business globally it was a minority share and typically conducted only as a franchise of the parent.  Meaning it had to bend to local (country) laws and implied social norms.

However fast forward throughout the 90’s and past the turn of the millennium where we find a different world and while buck Rogers is missing the fact companies have out paced government isn’t.  What you say, commercialization has won out over taxation you say?  Well, yes as look at it this way, Apple Computer now has more cash and reach than the US government!  So who needs nukes when you have these things as this is about the only thing which (let’s hope) they don’t have.

Ok, did what I just write sink in?  Yes the multinational companies of today have more reach and money then the Governments they once operated under do as for obvious reasons Governments have remained “regional“, yet multinational companies have out paced (grown) them by going global.  So if a Government does something which one of these behemoths don’t like, they are no longer landlocked subject to the domain of that authority. (note to governments: put away the stick and get the carrots out as you need business more than business needs you)

Need a case in point, SOXs, yes the Sarbanes Oxley Act, one of the worse pieces of legislation to pass through congress and the killer of the US economy as did it have good intentions?  Of course, yet when business saw the negative effect it was going to bring, they packed up and left American shores.  Note, they didn’t go out of business and they still sell their products and services here.  It’s just they have moved their crown jewels to what they believe are friendlier shores.

So who loses out on the this, yes the societies which are left behind, people in the for the first time in the history of the country [America] are seeing a jobless recovery, as how could that be as if people are not working, then where is the money coming from?  Yes Virginia, while Santa Clause maybe imaginary so it seems is our current system(s) of Government is to as there is no longer that a hard link remaining between commercialization and taxation to fund all those soft social programs of the bygone years…

Gerrymandering for a Modern Time…

Life is but a board-game played with electrons...

Maybe it was the word “gerrymandering”, much like “periwinkle” being fun to say as it rolls off the tongue as it was around the 4th grade in elementary school  where I learned of its magic.  Wait a minute there, “magic” you say as how does this qualify with the sleight of hand performed by David Copperfield or the amazement Chris Angel brings?  To me this opened a new door in my mind to “systems thinking” whereas one could assess a changing political landscape and dynamically adjust it within an allowable rule set for gain much a kin to playing chess.  Here is where I learned to look at the big picture, yes in the 4th grade and 40 years later it’s still sits in my head like it was yesterday!

As a side note, while writing this post, went to Wikipedia and to my astonishment, dismay and outright horror found them calling my beloved epiphany nothing more than the “practice of political corrupting”, as it goes on to say “that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan, incumbent-protected, and neutral districts”. Hey wait a minute here if those folks want to be represented by the parties represented, then hey what’s the issue, as everyone gets what they want.  However what I will concede here is the concept of geographies in political landscapes is sorely out dated given the rise of the socially connected world.

This brings me back to my main point as “gerrymandering” in the modern era is a fact of network driven life as in prior terms it related to physical “geographies”, whereas today these lines only exist in the virtual world and swing with the speed near that of light itself as electrons race down their information super highways seeking their intended targets as partisan boundaries are now redrawn at the will of the people, and not the slighted stroke of some incumbents government issued black  ball point pen.

All  well and fine to wax of a world order fit for Tom Cruise in the “Minority Report”, however its happening today as it’s no longer the  manipulating  partisan incumbent protecting their thiefdom as I learned in Miss Thorpe’s fourth Grade history class.  Here it’s the likes of Google, Facebook and other new age media companies which will assist in “netmandering” which may be used to achieve desired electoral results for a particular party, or may be used to help or hinder a particular group of constituents, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious or class group.

Also, yes I lifted the highlighted above directly from the “gerrymandering” definition just to demonstrate how well it fit the new catch phrase as I’ve come to call it “netmandering” as in say 20 or 30 years.  Miss Thorpe’s great grandchild is all grown up and teaching fourth grade, some student will again have an epiphany moment as mine with any luck however this time their “big picture” will be far larger than mine and the word might not be the same, however the intent will assuredly be like in kind with any luck…