Watch/read the following:
- What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream by Noam Chomsky
- Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever by Eben Moglen (FOSDEM 2011 Keynote)
- Exclusive: Julian Assange of WikiLeaks & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek In Conversation With Amy Goodman on Democracy Now (highlight video), Watch: Full Video of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek With Amy Goodman (full, un-edited video)
I think distributed systems are good for computer networks and political systems. The only issue I find is how to mediate trust and security between components and keeping them from becoming chaotic.
You know, I wish my political science courses covered the weaknesses of government systems. I think it would prove to be an extremely helpful way to look at how government works.