[Chugalug] Could the maker movement become the Maker Party?

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 16:30:29 UTC 2012

Politics can never based on principles unless everyone shares the same
principles. Since we don't politics is based on compromise. What we are
seeing with the Tea Party is an attempt to impose one set of principles on
everyone and the basic mechanism of politics, compromise, is treated as an

If you want to make a difference in politics, help unseat Paul Broun in
Georgia District 10. Broun is the House Science Committee member who
recently said in a speech:

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big
Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies
to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding
that they need a savior.”

On his website, he lays out how he decides each vote he makes:

1) Is it Right/Moral?
2) Is it Constitutional?
3) Is it Necessary?
4) Is it Affordable?

So every vote he makes, his first consideration is "does this fit my
personal belief system?" then he takes on the role of the Supreme Court by
evaluating the constitutionality of each vote.


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

On Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 9:29 AM, Dan Lyke <danlyke at flutterby.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 6 Oct 2012 16:21:15 -0400 (EDT)
> Phil Shapiro <pshapiro at his.com> wrote:
> > I've lived in the Washington DC-area for almost 30 years and am
> > pretty cynical about politics in general, yet if a Maker Party would
> > ever form, I would be 150 percent behind it.
> Parties are things that form and reform platforms around coalitions.
> For better or worse, things like patent law reform, first sale
> doctrine, etc, are all fairly minor issues around which to build a
> coalition.
> Further, I spent last year doing research for FHWA reports, and I'm
> fairly well convinced at this point that much of the money spent by the
> federal government on "research" is piddled away on Berkely PhDs who
> don't have the critical thinking skills necessary to escape from a
> paper bag and who are chasing bizarre and easily disproved theories.
> (The current focus on V2V communications being a perfect example)
> So I think that "make" culture (what we used to call hobbyists, back
> before TV) has some room to provide input to the major parties, but
> since I gave up on principles in politics I think that that's a far
> more pragmatic mechanism than trying to build a separate party
> structure.
> Dan
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