Part 2 – What’s Next and The Battle of Ideas

“This is the most transparent administration in history” (286)

-Barack Obama
February 14, 2013

Information is power.  With non trivial changes over time in information communications technologies, we are at a point in history where private corporations know more about human activities than traditional governance systems.  Governments have traditionally always had the monopoly on people’s information but we can now understand why insecurity within governance systems has forced them to compromise principles core to our founding Constitution.  But governments are not the only threat to our information and privacy today because if this is the information age, is our information sufficiently secure from theft and illicit use?

The Battle of Ideas
On September 10th, 2013 the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, and Graham Allison, the Director of the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School of Government held a forum on the topic of whether foreign policy should start at home.(287)  In the discussion about measuring the quality of ideas, Mr. Haass said:

“The quality of an idea should be measured in the context of its ability to be implemented.  If an idea cannot be reasonably implemented, the quality of that idea is questionable and its implementation would be ill advised.”

President of Council on Foreign Relations

In the context of the ideas and goals within “The Constitution in 2020” and the works of the Authors, I respect the fact those authors have the freedom to congregate and speak about their novel ideas for governance and the rule of law.  What I do no respect is their contempt of the foundational principles of the Constitution and their willingness to undermine its core principles in order to enact what amounts to their idea of a more just and principled way of governing.  The means don’t justify the ends and breaking democracy in a tyrannical way in order to enact a tyrannical form of democracy is an intellectually lazy idea, and these are people who are far from being intellectually lazy in my humble opinion.  Jut because an idea is novel, does not make it a great idea in practice.
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2 Responses to Part 2 – What’s Next and The Battle of Ideas

  1. Tyson says:

    Chris – always a pleasure to read your posts. Creating a dialogue on this subject is certainly needed as we continue to move toward an ever increasing digital world and an outsourced world. I have a feeling this topic makes many great thinkers very uncomfortable – but they need to embrace this discussion and engage in the dialogue!


  2. chrisallsup says:

    Tyson – Thank you. I agree. While Part 1 and Part 2 of this research blog did not bring the best or most comfortable news for many, thankfully there is better news awaiting for them shortly in part 3. I will do my best to keep up the pace of 1 post a day to get the information out as quickly and consumable as possible. Thank you for all the help and support.


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