Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Converse and Democracy, Part 2

It's called a fiduciary responsibility. It's what architects, lawyers, and doctors have towards their clients and patients. And it's what I would like to see from our elected officials. It's the responsibility of someone who knows more than a client: the doctor who knows the patient's health better than the patient.

Need I say that most US elected officials fail of this standard? If they were doctors, lawyers, architects, 3/4s of the Senate would be forbidden to practice. Many would be facing charges.

If there is a key problem of mass democracy, it is how to elect officials that take their responsibilities to their constituents and their country seriously, and seek to discharge them honorably.

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