This is why I support the idea of Free Culture. Obviously Thomas Jefferson was not writing with culture in mind, but I do think he deliberately chose wording that could be applied in a wide variety of situations. The Free Culture idea is all about liberty and the pursuit of happiness: the liberty to take and reuse the culture that has been forced upon us. Disney did not ask my permission to inject Mickey Mouse images into my mind. Nor did Warner Brothers, Bad Robot, or the Blender Foundation (gotta include some good guys in this list!). If they force their culture on me, it becomes my culture. I will use it as such.
I think the United States government is badly in need of reform. Its original designers had good intentions, definitely, but their execution was flawed. It was their intention that this government would slowly learn from their mistakes and improve itself over time, being run by and for the people.
In order to help this improvement happen, I have put together a small list of what are in my opinion mistakes in this government’s design, and how best to correct them. Please discuss these, repost this (CC-BY-SA license), retweet, argue, whatever. This list is in no way intended to be comprehensive, they’re just what I’m thinking of right now off the top of my head. Continue reading Problems with the United States government, and proposed fixes