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Democracy Diffused
13 Dec 2000
The "privatazation" of the US Judicial system means the
death toll for Democracy and a wakeup call to action.
Democracy Diffused

The Supreme Court decision of December
12, 2000 marks a triumph of the
privatization of the judicial system and
sounds the death toll for the voice of
the people, silenced by the din of money
and power concentrated in the hands of a
few. The reckless 5 to 4 decision,
split along party lines flys in the face
of any reasonable perception of
constitutionality and makes a mockery of
the notion of "equal protection under
the law", proving that only to mean
"superior just to those who pay"--that
rich, white Republicans in Florida
deserve more protection than a retarded
Black man on the "gurney" in Texas.

The brother of the son of the former
head of Central Intelligence, come
President, and his cohorts sabotaged the
fairness and timeliness of the Florida
election process only to win by
"technicality"--the first time in over
100 years that the loser of the popular
vote presumably won the Presidential
election by a minimal lead in the
"electoral" vote. If GWB prevails and
is inaugurated on January 20, it will
not be by the will of the people but by
the wield of corporate power.

This is a sad day for Democracy. This
does not mean that it's the end or the
time for complacency-- it's a wakeup
call for all of us to engage in the most
constructive, productive, and resistive
means as necessary to highlight the
injustices and focus on course towards
change. Your voice as a voter may have
been disenfranchised but your
opportunity to publish your voice has
not--yet. The mainstream media failed
in its presentation of the election
because it became too centralized,
relying on a single point for
information. When that information is
wrong for whatever reason such a single
point of "information failure" destroys
the integrity of media and the public's
trust. The separation of powers in our
Government is supposed to balance and
diffuse the centralization of power, not
politicize it. The decentralization of
media and the fair access to publication
and distribution of media is essential
to the health of our dying Democracy.
Too much centralization of power,
whether it be power over governance or
over information threatens the fundamental
freedoms and liberties guaranteed to us
under the Constitution.

While the "legalistic" hijacking of the
Presidency has been a high profile
event, the hijacking of our rights to
access, free speech, and privacy
continues hidden in plain sight within
the corporate power grab called ICANN
(Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers). ICANN, in its annual
meeting in Marina Del Rey, California in
November, 2000, ignored the pioneers and
free speech advocates of an open domain
name system in favor of corporate
interests with close ties to the defense
and intelligence communities as well as
the Republican Party when they selected
7 "new" Top Level Domains ".info" ".pro"
".museum" ".aero" ".name" "coop" and
".biz" to be entered into the Internet's
Domain Name System (DNS) sometime in
2110. ICANN's board of directors is
composed of upper echelon IT pioneers,
industry insiders, intellectual property
interests, and even of members of the
corporations selected to "run" what
Journalist Brock Meeks has called
"ICANN's Seven Dwarfs".

Many have criticized ICANN's choice of
only 7 new TLDs as "restricting" the
namespace instead of "extending" it;
others have panned the choices as
outright BORING and for entrenching the
dominant corporate players without
creating new opportunities for community
groups, small businesses and
non-profits. It has been said that TLDs
are the "people talking". If new TLDs
are the "people's voice", is ICANN for
SPEAKING FOR YOU or CENSORING YOU?

What's your opinion?

http://reclaimthe.net/cgi-bin/forum/sayit.cgi


--RTN
See also:
http://reclaimthe.net/cgi-bin/forum/sayit.cgi
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un bon question
14 Dec 2000
If you don't like the Supreme Court's 5-4 election decision, how do you feel about their 5-4 Roe v. Wade decision?