Friday, August 14, 2009

Zeke the Geek: Where civic republicanism and deliberative democracy meet

Part of Obama's problem is Chicago politicans don't give a hoot about policy, and ideas, and thoughfulness. They're all about getting deals. Lining up the players for a bill, getting the donations kicked in, divvying up the boodle and contracts. They bring Rahm's brother on to dress things up a bit but no body bothers to read the guy, because, well, in Chicago real players are dealers, not readers.

So seniors sit on the internet and read stuff like this, Where civic republicanism and deliberative democracy meet, from Zeke in 96,
"This civic republican or deliberative democratic conception of the good provides both procedural and substantive insights for developing a just allocation of health care resources. Procedurally, it suggests the need for public forums to deliberate about which health services should be considered basic and should be socially guaranteed. Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citi- zens in public deliberations-are to be socially guaranteed as basic. Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with de-mentia."
Whoa... time to head to the public forum called the Chicago Regular Democratic Ward Organization office and commit to selling enough tickets for the Ward Committeemen's golf outing to get my name on the clout list for health care before I end up on Zeke's de-mentia list instead.

More Health posts here, here, and here.

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