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Why People Still Use Fax Machines - The Atlantic
My take-away from this article is that the law is the reason why some areas (medicine, law, etc) are still mired in obsolete technology.
TheAtlantic  via:HackerNews  technology  law  innovation 
yesterday by mcherm
max berger๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒน on Twitter: "I think it's time we started talking about this.โ€ฆ "
"I think it's time we started talking about this.

[image: "Maybe a bunch of white slave owners from the 1700s did not come up with the best government ever" with map showing 40 million (23 small states highlighted in gold) people 46 senators, 40 million (California highlighted in purple) people 2 senators]

The US is one of the only countries in the world with a bicameral legislature and a separately elected executive. There are better (more representative and responsive) systems!

Ours was amazing for 1776, but we have 200+ years of lessons since then.

My suggestion to make the US government more representative and responsive:

- Make the House into multi-member districts with instant run off voting (see @fairvote for more)
- Abolish the electoral college
- Reform the senate to make it much more proportional and less powerful

I have a piece on this forthcoming, but Iโ€™ll just briefly say: the survival of the republic depends on reforming our electoral system.

Trump will not be the last authoritarian president if we donโ€™t deal with gridlock, corruption and lack of representation.

There is nothing more American than deciding your system of government is insufficiently democratic and resolving to change it.

The revolutionary spirit of the founders is based on the radical idea that we can remake our world to better reflect the needs of regular people.

Lots of conservatives jumping in to say the founders made a compromise to allow small states to be overly represented. It's true!

They also agreed to a compromises that said slaves counted as 3/5ths of a person, and only men who owned land could vote.

We can do better.

The constitution represented the best thinking on how to create a functional republic at the time it was written. It was also a political compromise that reflected the realities of power at the time.

Much has changed since then. If we rewrote it today, it'd look very different.

The American constitution is outdated; when Americans advise other newly democratized nations on writing their constitutions, we no longer use our own as the basis.

We should learn from the past 200 years and make our system more representative.
Almost nobody uses the U.S. Constitution as a modelโ€”not even Americans. When 24 military officers and civilians were given a single week to craft a constitution for occupied Japan in 1946, they turned to England. The Westminster-style parliament they installed in Tokyo, like its British forebear, has two houses. But unlike Congress, one is clearly more powerful than the other and can override the less powerful one during an impasse.

The story was largely the same in defeated Nazi Germany, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, which all emerged from American occupation with constitutions that look little like the one Madison and the other framers wrote. They have the same democratic values, sure, but different ways of realizing them. According to researchers who analyzed all 729 constitutions adopted between 1946 and 2006, the U.S. Constitution is rarely used as a model. What's more, "the American example is being rejected to an even greater extent by America's allies than by the global community at large," write David Law of Washington University and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia.

That's a not a fluke. The American system was designed with plenty of checks and balances, but the Founders assumed the elites elected to Congress would sort things out. They didn't plan for the political parties that emerged almost immediately after ratification, and they certainly didn't plan for Ted Cruz. And factionalism isn't the only problem. Belgium, a country whose ethnic divisions make our partisan sparring look like a thumb war, was unable to form a governing coalition for 589 days in 2010 and 2011. Nevertheless, the government stayed open and fulfilled its duties almost without interruption, thanks to a smarter institutional arrangement.

America is the only presidentialist system (I.e. a separately elected legislature and executive) that hasn't lapsed into dictatorship.

Literally every single other presidentialist system in the world has failed.

It's only a matter of time before ours fails as well.
"There are about 30 countries, mostly in Latin America, that have adopted American-style systems. All of them, without exception, have succumbed to the Linzian nightmare at one time or another, often repeatedly," according to Yale constitutional law professor Bruce Ackerman, who calls for a transition to a parliamentary system. By "Linzian nightmare," Ackerman means constitutional crisisโ€”your full range of political violence, revolution, coup, and worse. But well short of war, you can end up in a state of "crisis governance," he writes. "President and house may merely indulge a taste for endless backbiting, mutual recrimination, and partisan deadlock. Worse yet, the contending powers may use the constitutional tools at their disposal to make life miserable for each other: The house will harass the executive, and the president will engage in unilateral action whenever he can get away with it." He wrote that almost a decade and a half ago, long before anyone had heard of Barack Obama, let alone the Tea Party.

Lots of conservatives asking if I know about the house of representatives or the Connecticut compromise.


Have you heard about the perils of presidentialism?

Or how our constitution is inherently undemocratic?

You should!

The point isn't what the founders intended: the point is that if we started out writing a new constitution today, no one would suggest we create two houses, including one that disproportionally empowers people from small states.

We'd create a government that looks like America.

The founders do not have a monopoly on wisdom, knowledge or experience. Their constitution was designed for wealthy land owning white men.

We need an electoral system that's designed to represent the American people - all of us - for the first time in our history."
us  government  presidency  constitution  law  democracy  presidentialism  2018  maxberger  governance  donaldtrump  elections  constitutionalcrisis  representation  elcectoralsystems 
yesterday by robertogreco
US Budgetary Costs of Post-9/11 Wars through FY2018: $5.6 Trillion | Figures | Costs of War
The Costs of War Project is a team of 35 scholars, legal experts, human rights practitioners, and physicians, which began its work in 2011. We use research and a public website to facilitate debate about the costs of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
costs  war  corruption  government  permanent.warfare  law  economics  datasets  analysis 
yesterday by po
Lawsuit targets secrecy agreements surrounding Google's new campus | Technology | The Guardian
Officials in San Jose, California, negotiating with Google over the tech companyโ€™s plan to build a massive new campus are improperly withholding documents, a lawsuit alleged on Tuesday. via Pocket
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yesterday by evansthompson
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ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื›ื— ืจื’ื™ืœ ื•ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื›ื— ืžืชืžืฉืš ื”ื ืฉื ื™ ื“ื‘ืจื™ื ืฉื•ื ื™ื ื•ืœืžืขืฉื” ืžื˜ืคืœื™ื ื‘ืฉืชื™ ื ืงื•ื“ื•ืช ื–ืžืŸ ืฉื•ื ื•ืช. ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื›ื— ืจื’ื™ืœ ื ืžืฆื ื‘ืชื•ืงืฃ ื›ืœ ืขื•ื“ ืžื™ ืฉื ืชืŸ ืœืš ืืช ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื”ื›ื— ื›ืฉื™ืจ ื‘ืขืฆืžื• ืœืขืฉื•ืช ืคืขื•ืœื•ืช ืžืฉืคื˜ื™ื•ืช. ื‘ืจื’ืข ืฉืžื™ ืฉื ืชืŸ ืœืš ืืช ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื”ื›ื— ืžืื‘ื“ ืืช ื”ื›ืฉื™ืจื•ืช ืฉืœื•, ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื”ื›ื— ืคื•ืงืข. ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื›ื— ืžืชืžืฉืš, ืœื”ื‘ื“ื™ืœ, ื ื›ื ืก ืœืชื•ืงืฃ ืจืง ื›ืืฉืจ ืžื™ ืฉื ืชืŸ ืœืš ืืช ื™ื™ืคื•ื™ ื”ื›ื— ืžืื‘ื“ ืืช ื”ื›ืฉื™ืจื•ืช ืฉืœื•.
israel  law  hasolidit 
yesterday by yevgenyd
The DOL Fiduciary Rule Explained
The Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule expanded the โ€œinvestment advice fiduciaryโ€ definition under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), but was vacated by a Federal Appeals Court for being "unreasonable."
finance  law 
2 days ago by bradbarrish
Marijuana: An Update
[Originally to be titled โ€œMarijuana: I Was Wrongโ€, but looking back I was suitably careful about everything, and my reward is not having to say that.] Five years ago, I reviewed the potโ€ฆ
cannabis  economics  law  drugs 
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