Reflection by SAM M.
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A new era of government is on the way and it is our duty to grab a hold of the reigns and take control.
Many, many years ago, the technology for travel and communications was limited. Because of this, all of the power in a country was divided among many kings. These kings ruled locally and controlled small cities — but they had no control over anything but war. This type of government was a local government. Local governments were effective for a short time, but eventually technology surpassed government.
After the Industrial Revolution, technology and communications became more efficient and widespread. Since the ability to communicate and the advancements in technology were better than they used to be, messages could be sent longer distances in a shorter amount of time. Because of this, the kings were kicked to the curb and replaced with a central governing body. Unlike the kings of the olden days, the central governments controlled almost everything. Eventually, technology once again surpassed the government’s capabilities.
Now, after the recent Information Revolution, we can send vast amounts of information in a matter of seconds all the way around the world. The technology we have at our disposal today is infinitely more efficient and exponentially quicker than the technology we had during the Industrial Revolution – yet even with quicker, more efficient technology, we (the people) are still headed by a central governing body. It is time for a new era of Government. It’s time for a government where the people have more control and the government has less power.
Today, civilians have access to websites that show how much their government is spending and where the money is going. This wouldn’t of had been possible fifty years ago. Fifty years ago, the government would have kept it confidential – or worse, sent you to prison.
It only makes sense that the government gives more power to the people. If the government gave more power to the people, the government would be put under less scrutiny and people would be more precarious of their actions.
If the government gave power to the people, society would be more in sync. If the government gave power to the people, the economy will be strengthened. If we were given more power and control, the world would be a better place.