It reminded me of one of the reasons why, at a very basic level, I'm running for State House.
My current State Representative has failed to utilize social media and public forums in the district to bring information to the district about what is actually going on under the Gold Dome. In fact within two months of starting my campaign I had already organized more events in the district than he had his entire two years in office.
Check out his Facebook Page--no mention or real engagement with the issues, just lots of pictures and people being honored. He has fundamentally failed to grasp what the Good Hayek has to teach us about how information is and should be transferred so that inefficiencies and corruption can be reduced and problems can be properly solved.
Unfortunately the Gold Dome is a massive black box where what the Republicans running the state actually think is hidden behind platitudes and right wing nonsense. There is no way to figure out where the compromises can be found, nor a way to shine a light on the bad ideas running around as legitimate--when anyone paying attention can tell they aren't.
While my opponent may be a nice guy, he was failed to understand the Good Hayek and is harming the ability of our markets and our Government to efficiently function.
Look, i'm no fool, hosting meet up's and discussion groups throughout the year in the district; having an active social media that creates a Habermasian space online for discussion and debate; working to pass IRV so we don't waste money and time in run-offs (that no one votes in anyways); these things aren't going to radically reform our broken process. But these are the small positive steps towards creating more efficient transmission of information to and from the political class and the citizenry;which helps to sustain and strengthen a market based society for a better more responsive Government and improved social outcomes for all of us.
Its either we shine a light on the corruption, waste, and mismanagement and start to better address the massive inequities and lack of responsiveness from the political class--or we'll see pitchforks doing the heavy lifting for us.
I don't think my State Rep really understands whats going on at a structural level. That is why I decided to work to take his job. Chip in a few dollars if you'd like to help.