Archive of: democracy
If one meets a powerful person -- Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler -- one can ask five questions:
- What power do you have?
- Where did you get it?
- In whose interests do you exercise it?
- To whom are you accountable?
- And, how can we get rid of you?
This is democracy’s Napster moment, the point at which the forms of governance that have evolved over two hundred years of industrial society prove wanting in the face of the network, just as the business models of the recording industy were swept away by the ease with which the internet could transmit perfect digital copies of compressed music files.
Bill Thompson on the legacy of WikiLeaks.