Day One of New EU Patent War
Posted Jul 21, 2006 13:50 UTC (Fri) by nim-nim
In reply to: Day One of New EU Patent War
Parent article: Day One of New EU Patent War
> My personal experience was that the most common reason people voted
> against it was because they could.
Of course they did.
Given they had little voice on european policies before, and felt they'd have little after, what did you expect?
The whole "vote yes" argument was basically:
"We wrote europeans treaties without your input before, now it's time to rubber-stamp them. We hear you'd like some democracy so we called the thing a constitution. But really, you're too irresponsible to have your destiny in your own hands, so we've produced a massive document no one but experts can evaluate. It will constrain the parliaments you'll elect later, so you needn't worry about them making mistakes. Trust us, and vote for democracy!"
Contrast it with:
"We hear you'd like more democracy so we've written a short document defining basic democratic values and leaving the task of defining actual (economic) policy to the experts you'll elect to the european parliament later. If you actually believe in democracy, vote to give a democratically elected assembly actual decision power."
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