Baseball vs real life

I don’t think we can afford to view pol­i­tics or tech­nol­ogy as we view base­ball. In base­ball, I can per­son­ally insult Yan­kees fans, or con­de­scend to Cubs fans, or feel a soul­ful affin­ity with fel­low Mets fans, and it’s all fun. Because we know it totally doesn’t mat­ter. But these other things do mat­ter. So we really can’t afford to think of it as Us vs Them. It’s not Repub­li­cans vs Democ­rats, it’s Amer­i­cans decid­ing what we want our gov­ern­ment to do. And in tech­nol­ogy, it’s the peo­ple of the world, in very much the model of Jef­fer­son, decid­ing what we want to be. And not hav­ing cor­po­ra­tions and their need for profit, be the sole determinant.

Dave Winer — Base­ball vs real life

What is going on?

The US Postal Ser­vice story is not a unique sit­u­a­tion. It is the sit­u­a­tion. And we are going to be liv­ing with this sit­u­a­tion for many years to come. We are cross­ing a huge chasm from an indus­trial soci­ety to an infor­ma­tion soci­ety. And there is immense pain in that trans­for­ma­tion. Obama can’t solve the prob­lem nor can any of his oppo­nents. Time will solve this prob­lem as new indus­tries get built, peo­ple learn new skills and new jobs, and we dis­man­tle enti­tle­ment sys­tems that are not sustainable.

That is what is going on. I’d love to hear Obama tell the coun­try that. But I doubt he will. But some­one should.

Fred Wil­son — What is going on?.

A little truth leaks out

What’s remark­able about [David Frum, Dou­glas Holtz-Eakin, and Paul Krug­man], what gives me hope that there may be a way out of the big­ger mess, of which this month’s melt­down is just a symp­ton, is that finally blog­ging is effec­tively rout­ing around MSM. If you want to hear from smart peo­ple who know what they’re talk­ing about, and who aren’t spin­ning, you can.

This is why blog­ging is impor­tant.

Dave Winer — A lit­tle truth leaks out.

Founding fathers

The United States of Amer­ica is an idea in search of com­ple­tion, and we are still argu­ing over ques­tions that vexed the orig­i­nal founders at the birth of our Repub­lic. Wouldn’t it be bet­ter — in fact, wouldn’t we take our polti­ical and philo­soph­i­cal posi­tions with greater seri­ous­ness — if we rec­og­nized that from the per­spec­tive of future his­to­ri­ans, we are still actively engaged in the found­ing of this country?

Dan Conover — We are the Found­ing Fathers (& Moth­ers too!)

A good factory

A good fac­tory is not nec­es­sar­ily the one that makes the most money, but the one that is most respon­si­ble for improv­ing the qual­ity of life for its work­ers and its cus­tomers. And the true func­tion of pol­i­tics is not to make peo­ple more afflu­ent, safe, or pow­er­ful, but to let as many as pos­si­ble enjoy an increas­ingly com­plex existence.

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi