Sunday Paper - Analytical Democratic Theory, Last Years of Life, Writing on the Web

Ostromizing democracy (04 May 2023): Author Cory Doctorow's (@pluralistic) post explores the concept of "Ostromizing" democracy, highlighting criticisms from self-described "libertarian elitists" who argue that democracy is inherently flawed and propose alternatives such as market-based governance or limiting voting rights based on economic knowledge. Doctorow critiques these views and promotes Analytical Democratic Theory as a systematic study of effective collective decision-making. He contrasts this with flawed ideologies like the "Tragedy of the Commons" and highlights the importance of evidence-based analysis in political science and governance.

The last years of your life suck: In his post public lands advocate and travel quest junkie Scott Jones (@rscottjones) highlights the potential challenges and realities of aging, emphasizing the importance of planning for the later stages of life. But not in the way you would expect. He discusses how retirement may not always live up to expectations and cautions against deferring experiences and goals for a future that may not be as enjoyable. Scott stresses the need to prioritize experiences and accomplishments earlier in life, recognizing that the quality of life in older age may not be as idealized. He advises against excessive focus on material possessions and urges individuals to plan for adequate care and resources while also maximizing meaningful experiences throughout their lives. Dang! I am twenty years too late!

On Writing on Web: Software developer, Amit Gawande (@amit) reflects on the current state of online writing, noting an imbalance between writers and readers, with many posts going unnoticed in the vast digital landscape. I have reflected on this issue as well, and just like Amit, I observe a lack of meaningful engagement and appreciation for quality content amid the proliferation of writers and platforms. Amit raises doubts about the purpose and impact of writing publicly in a crowded online environment where genuine connections and organic discovery seem increasingly challenging.

Author: Khürt Williams

I work in application security architecture and I live in Montgomery Township, New Jersey with my wife Bhavna. I am passionate about photography. Expect to find writing on cybersecurity, tropical aquariums, terrariums, hiking, craft breweries, and bird photography.

One thought on “Sunday Paper - Analytical Democratic Theory, Last Years of Life, Writing on the Web”

  1. thanks for sharing … also for the effort to summarize each post. I lack this discipline in my "linklog” series of posts ?????

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