Not Seeing the Solution
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ January 11. 2020
Seeing is what we are not doing. We have long demanded visibility into the the things that affect and, even, control our lives. This has been a long and contentious struggle for visibility and input into the management of our societies.
This produced the first written agreement to open that process to a select few with the English Magna Carta of 1215. This was an early effort to protect the rights of someone other than the monarch and extended family. It was an effort to give the feudal baron’s visibility and some say in any effort to remove their rights or affect the security. Needless to say it didn’t really work but it kept coming back and being extended.
Under the Provisions of Oxford in 1258, perhaps the first written constitution, the king was to rule through a council of twenty-four members overseen by a parliament. This was visibility and process input for a few of special rank but the concept was implemented. This was concurrent with the evolution of other forms of visibility in government administration by councils in European city states and representation by Estates of the Realm in France around 1025.
The great Western revolutions in England, America, and France from the 17th to 18th centuries were able to seriously limit the monarch or to eliminate that position completely. This continued with the rise of socialist systems in the 19th and 20th centuries extending the ‘visibility’ granted to those deeper in society with incremental but mixed results.
The problem with the concept of democracy as citizen visibility into the process of administration (a more appropriate word than ‘rule’ for modern organizations) is the willingness to participate but also the simple logistics of discussion and decision with some 30,000 citizens in 4th century BCE Athens. A working subgroup or forms of selected representatives of this population has always been the only option. But that is no longer true.
The struggle continues in the 21st century but with massive technological disruption that is still poorly understood. But this is becoming understood by the indigenous generational population of the…