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conseil wrote (edited )

His proposals to base voting on the blockchain, put sunset clauses on literally every law, have the government intervene in regards to media that 'disrupt the public discourse, address climate change with shit like cloud seeding rather than daring even glance at the Green New Deal's somewhat effective ideas, and lay off, by his figures, around four hundred thousand people.

Never mind his creepy ideas and technofetishism with proposals like 'override local fire laws to build shit' and 'have a robot keep dad from hitting mom'.

Rechannel 10% of the military budget – approximately $60 billion per year – to a new domestic infrastructure force called the Legion of Builders and Destroyers. The Legion would be tasked with keeping our country strong by making sure our bridges, roads, power grid, levies, dams, and infrastructure are up-to-date, sound and secure. It would also be able to clear derelict buildings and structures that cause urban blight in many of our communities and respond to natural disasters. The Legion would prioritize projects based on national security, economic impact, and regional equity. Its independent budget would ensure that our infrastructure would be constantly upgraded regardless of the political climate. The Commander of the Legion would have the ability to overrule local regulations and ordinances to ensure that projects are started and completed promptly and effectively.

Imagine an AI life coach with the voice of Oprah or Tom Hanks trying to help parents stay together or raise kids. Or a new Legion of Builders and Destroyers that install millions of solar panels across the country, upgrade our infrastructure and remove derelict buildings while also employing tens of thousands of workers. Or a digital personalized education subscription that is constantly giving you new material and grouping you with a few other people who are studying the same thing. Or a wearable device that monitors your vital signs and sends data to your doctor while recommending occasional behavior changes. Or voting securely in your local elections via your smartphone without any worry of fraud.

The last line, of course, referring to using the fucking blockchain.


edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Thanks for putting that together. Dammit, I liked a lot of other things he said.

Obligatory xkcd:


conseil wrote

I'm afraid that it's so relevant. Is this a serious, common idea?


edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I've seen it suggested periodically, it's not clear how much widespread support it has.

Capitalism being what it is, I'm sure the companies selling electronic voting machines have seized upon blockchains as one more excuse to charge more money to governments.