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“ Acts of consent are legible and legitimate as such only to the extent that they are so informed and nonduressed. The public provision of basic income, education, and healthcare facilitates a scene of consent that is nonduressed, while the public provision of the widest possible access to knowledge facilitates a scene of consent that is informed. ”— amor mundi: Left and Right, Back to Basics
“ Geklatscht wird nur mehr streng nach Fraktion. Ich kriege nur mehr von den [meiner Fraktion] Applaus und hundert andere Abgeordnete warten darauf, dass ich einen Fehler mache, wo sie einhaken können, um mich vorzuführen. Im normalen Leben gibt es so eine Situation nicht. Im normalen Leben wäre das höchstwahrscheinlich Mobbing.— Neos im Nationalrat: Mlinar: "Überall sonst wäre das Mobbing" - KURIER.at
Da werden völlig uninspiriert stur Parteilinien runter gebetet und jeder Millimeter Raum verteidigt. Die Plenardebatte ist bis zu einem gewissen Grad eine ritualisierte Show. Die FPÖ ist aggressiv, die Regierung leugnet offenkundige Fakten und Abgeordnete, die zuvor noch völlig normal und höflich mit mir geredet haben, machen plötzlich bei diesem seltsamen Spiel mit. Es gibt einen Riesenunterschied zwischen Backstage und Stage, die Politiker schlüpfen im Plenum in eine Rolle. Ich frage mich: Warum tun sie das? An wen wenden sie sich damit? Die Wähler können’s wohl nicht sein, ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass das den Wählern gefällt. ”
“ Without institutional innovation, the benefits of technological innovation are likely to remain hyperconcentrated at the top. It's a kind of trickle-down thinking to think that, by itself, technology equals prosperity.— America's (Really) Big Ideas Deficit | Umair Haque. On Global Prosperity.
Tech and institutions are complements. Just as the industrial revolution's steam engines and factories needed corporations and capital markets to get the most out of them, so the eudaimonic revolution's radical technologies will need equally radical new institutions to bring forth their maximum, most disruptive potential. ”
“ Universal Basic Income: We are probably there in terms of the economics. We are very, very wealthy — we could afford to do this. But we are not there in terms of the politics. ”— Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics - Salon.com
“ I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and agression amongst mankind. Just as slavery has been abolished most everywhere, I believe violence, coercion and all forms of force by one person over another can come to an end. The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force. ”— Alleged SilkRoad founder Ross Ulbricht
“ A lot of people think of themselves [as] in the middle, whereas, of course, really they’re nowhere. No battle was ever won by spectators. ”— George Smiley: Liberal Sentiment and Skeptical Balance
“ Both sides [in our national, global debate on the economic crisis] are arguing on how to get back to the status quo. One side argues that more spending will fuel a recovery. The other, that less spending will...fuel a recovery. It's about painfully hobbling back to square one — not taking a quantum leap past the finish line, into a better kind of race entirely.— Declare Your Radicalness - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
I think we're capable of radically, explosively, dangerously, laughably, hopelessly, impossibly better. ”
“ You and I face the difficult choice of trading meaning for money; we weigh the searing moments of real human accomplishment against the soul-sucking "work" of earning the next car payment by polishing up another meaningless PowerPoint deck packed with tactics to win games whose net result is the creation of little of real value for much of anyone who's not a sociopath.— Making the Choice Between Money and Meaning - Umair Haque
This is the deepest kind of theft; not merely prosperity having been looted from societies, but significance having been stolen from human lives. [...] Detonate this toxic trade-off – [...] rebel against it and forge better opportunities.
[Let's] patch up this clapped out, wheezing train wreck of a so-called economy, so that there's not a sharp, painful trade off between meaning and money; [forge] an "economy" in which material wealth roughly, crudely lines up with meaning; in which "profit" reflects real human benefit delivered (instead of how many towns and lives you've looted this quarter). ”
“ [Libertarians] like to [speak] about their adherence to the principle of "the non-initiation of force" while [...] demonstrat[ing] little to no awareness of the extent to which contractual arrangements made and maintained in societies stratified by irrational prejudices and inequitable distributions of reliable knowledge, indispensable resources [and] infrastructural affordances are always inevitably contracts made under duress, and attest to the very force the [libertarians] presumably disavow. ”— amor mundi: American Libertarianism Is Racist
“ Auf dem Weg zu einer vollständigen freiheitlich-demokratischen Grundordnung müssen Fremdkörper wie Geheimdienste beseitigt werden. Sie sind Ausdruck eines archaisch-kriegerisch geprägten Denkens, das es zu überwinden gilt. ”— Internet-Law » Geheimdienste und Bürgerrechte
“ The greatest fear I have is that nothing will change. People will see all these disclosures, they'll know the lengths the government is going to grant themselves powers unilaterally to create greater control over American society and global society – but they won't be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things, to force their representatives to take a stand in their interests, and in the months ahead, the years ahead, it's only going to get worse! ”— NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
“ The future is not a place or a "goal": futurity is the political condition of plurality, democracy, freedom... and it is open, unpredictable, collective, promising, unforgivable or it is nothing at all. ...— amor mundi: Amor Mundi and Technoprogressive Advocacy
Emancipatory politics is ... not the building of a new Pyramid to survey the scene from, it is not the delusive discovery of the One True Way yet again. ”
“ Peer collaboration is an ancient tradition, with a history as rich and illustrious as the more commonly celebrated histories of states or markets. The Internet is the most visible recent achievement in that tradition. Society has long benefited from non-market forms of open collaboration, and there aren’t enough voices in the current political conversation reminding us of those benefits. For peer progressives, the Internet is a case-study and a role model. ”— stevenberlinjohnson.com: What Peer Progressives Really Believe
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