Betruger wrote:In the military you swear subordination, not mindless obedience. In voting on politics most people do not do their own homework, but more or less vaguely base themselves on what their party's PR feeds them.
I fail to see the difference between mindfully and mindlessly being obedient. As either way you're obedient. In the military your options for free speech are easily curtailed. I do recall one Army officer Lt. Dan Choi who elected to uphold his oath as an officer after investigating the circumstances of our invasion of Iraq and determining that we were involved in an illegal war. He had, by the way, already served a tour of duty in Iraq. But still, it didn't go well for him.
I agree with your point on politics; that most people don't do their homework.
For those that do try to do their homework though the system is decidedly rigged against them almost totally in the executive and legislative branches with the media acting as surrogates for the government. The Judiciary would seem to be the most transparent (excepting the FISA security court) although that doesn't mean the game isn't rigged as we've seen with the Gore vs Bush and Citizen's United decisions.
Elected politicians... What a farce. Maybe they should be drafted instead. Or direct democracy for those who can demonstrate a competent understanding of the issues being voted on with representatives voting for those who can't. Coupled with a good leavening of mandatory infantry service in order to be considered a citizen.
WDYT? A little too much Heinlein or not enough? We could throw in some Orson Scott Card and Peter F. Hamilton for good measure.