Skip to main content

View Diary: Our Autistic Son - The District is Still Going After Him (114 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  The central issue of the 21st Century is (22+ / 0-)

    whether the people govern. It's an issue around the Globe. Traditional authorities were comfortable with ballot box democracy in which people were "allowed" to choose representatives (unlike the parents they had no say in selecting) and then these representatives, having been empowered by the vote, would make decisions in the people's best interest. It is "in loco parentis" writ large -- i.e. all people are reduced to the status of children in their relationship to authority figures.
    In our country, the leaders of both major political parties were comfortable with this allocation of authority to elected and appointed officials, whose actions in office were not able to be questioned prior to changes in the law in 1947 and then not effectively until further changes regarding access to records and information made it possible for the people to find out what was being done in their name.
    (In the long run, FOIA and various consumer protection laws are probably going to prove more effective in enabling the people to govern than universal suffrage. However, at present, people voting strikes officialdom as the last chance to hold back the hordes of people telling them what to do).

    In other words, your issue with the school board is part of a bigger agenda. It's not about you. It's about who rules -- the members of public corporations, whose natural sympathies with the members of private corporations are enhanced by the perception that in the arms of private corporations public servants can retrieve the secrecy and autonomy they have lost to public records laws, or the people they have taken an oath to serve. The prospect of being reduced to public servants is inimical to people who accept public office with the expectation that they are thereby empowered to tell people what to do.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:35:08 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site