What Governments Say Does Not Make It So

In a Chicago Tribune article (12/15/13, sec. 1, p. 31) it’s stated that “some automatic sequester cuts” are going to be “revers[ed]”–that is, what’s said to be automatic is not actually automatic.  This is another instance indicating that what governments say does not make it so.  The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments did not protect African-Americans, women, and others from destructive discrimination, and there are many other government pronouncements that are just that: words that do not correspond to what governments actually do

When we look at what governments actually do we discover not only that they don’t do what they say but, in addition, that they’re inadequate to handle effectively that problems we face, such as environmental destruction, poverty in the midst of plenty, and so on–or add your own particularly vexing issue or policy. 

Rather than looking to government, we need to look to the Internet.  That’s what I’m doing.  I’m working on a book manuscript, Internet Citizens: Everyone, Everywhere, Anytime, that advocates building open Internet networks that focus on problem solving.  Stayed tuned for more about this project

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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