posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 12:34 PM
One of the truths of power, or at least social power, is that those who have it never look for ways to reduce it. In this day and age, information is
power and the more information one can collect on someone, the more power one has over them.
But why is this a truth? Personally I believe that those who crave power, and who are prepared to do anything to get it, are drawn to those places
and positions that allow them the opportunity to acquire that power. Unencumbered by the niceties of morals and compassion, these Machiavellian
players rise to the top of these organizations - the moral ones in the organization are always at a disadvantage because they are hamstrung by playing
by the rules. It is not that power corrupts as much as it is that those who are corrupt seek power, and those who are absolutely corrupt seek
There are two mechanisms that prevent this sort of concentration of power in the hands of such seekers: (1) external and impartial accountability and
External accountability only works when it is impartial and fair. I remember on interview with one wall street insider who claimed that most of the
problems we had in 2008 could be traced back to about 20 people who used their positions of power to game the system and flout the rules everyone else
played by. The old saying question of "Who polices the police?" is relevant here.
Of course openness means a lack of secrecy. Although there are many reasons for keeping specific things secret, a general culture of secrecy allows
for abuse of power since it becomes easy to ensure no one ever finds out about it.
Where will all this go and how will it all end? I have no idea but I do know that a lot will depend on people being less concerned about Snooki and
the latest gadgets and more about their responsibilities as citizens to contribute to the effort to create a society that is congruent with the ideals