By Garrett P. (Putman) Serviss
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There are those inside normal government (and their wannabes), who work to direct government policy or at least control government power. ” The outside spends most of its time ignoring the inside. Maybe once every four years it takes notice. Maybe in a catastrophe, or when some celebration rises above the ratings of 60 Minutes. But until then, the outside just wants to live its life. It wants to drive across a bridge without worrying about the engineering. It wants to believe that our kids are safe and that public education works.
At every step, the insiders were convinced that the outsiders were mistaken, until the insight of the outsiders became conventional wisdom for the insiders. As Wes Boyd recounted in an interview for this book, We got blank stares for years and years and years from most of the professional political people. They had no idea what this was about. ” But, of course, volunteers became the lifeblood of this new genre of political movement. They constituted the energy in “crowdsourced” politics, and they defined its power.
Why did we come here? It’s because this is the root of the problem. Right here. We’re never going to get good energy policy, good environmental policy, good … technology policy out of Washington until we get the money out. The Occupiers, however, are not an argument. The movement is not a set of demands. At this stage, it is not even really a plan for changing government. Instead the Occupiers are focused on the project of reviving a democracy. ”16 The Occupiers are still focused on the waking part of that project—on reminding people, the outsiders, of the power they could still have.
A Columbus of Space by Garrett P. (Putman) Serviss