Sunday, July 30, 2006

Dropping Knowledge

alien There is a website called Dropping Knowledge that is searching for 100 of the world's most thought provoking questions. On September 9th of this year a hundred scholars will meet in Berlin to try to answer these questions.

Anyone can submit a question that could be a candidate for the September 9th discussion.

I've actually had several questions that I felt were thought provoking. But when I went to their site to submit them, I've found that they only allow 250 characters (not 250 words) per question. It's pretty hard to clarify your questions using just 250 characters.

From reading the top 5 questions on their site, it seems like people are doing a good job keeping their questions within required limits. So I thought I'd give it a try. Here is the Dropping Knowledge question that I have just submitted:

Are current government structures (socialist, communist, or democratic republics and all forms of dictatorship) really obsolete for today's technologically advanced world?
That's only 170 characters.

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At 2:12 PM, Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Actually, you have a good question, if you could narrow it down even more: "Are democratic and non-democratic state structures obsolete in today's technologically advanced world?" To some extent they are, or that's to say that much important policy is orginated, implemented, and evaluated by non-elected, technologically sophisticated elites -- the "techocrats" -- who are not checked by the normal accountability principles found in advanced democratic states (they're less accountable in autocracies, but the same process is at work across both types of regimes). Visit my page and comment, at Burkean Reflections, if you'd like to continue this discussion, as I'm coming here via Blog Mad.

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Stephen Tiano said...

And then what?


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