me, 2.0: jose nazario
beauty and the street
democracy as an insurgent value
"dino in your town", a piece of grafitti we found in ann arbor.
i was gonna write this nice piece about how the american government
and military has failed to see the truth that they need to not only
want to see people become democratic, you have to get them to want it, as
you have to sell democracy, and frankly, the military has done a poor
job of that. we've spent the past twenty of thirty years learning how
alternative forms of government (socialism, communism) are sold to a
populace, and yet we think that democracy doesn't need a sales pitch.
it does, and it has a similar sales pitch as any form of government.
peace, prosperity, and fairness. you don't, however, sell it at gunpoint.
if people see that you're willing to use weapons on anyone, and not
just their enemies, they wont trust you. you don't get people interested
in democracy when you can't deliver the basics to them, namely power,
jobs, and water. and you don't get it by allowing for corruption to
fill the power void you created.
that's it in a nutshell, although i'm not going to write much more
about it, i'm happy to chat with you about it in general. maybe
when i have some more energy i'll write about it.
i have made the micro GNU Emacs editor binary available for OS X.
you can find it linked on the MgEditor wiki page. i'll update it for
tiger once i get that installed and running. despite being a vi guy at
heart, i admit i'm making fewer errors with the escape key now that i
don't have to use it so often.
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