Teach In with Teachout
With any luck, the O’Reilly Digital Democracy Teach-In will have Zephyr Teachout virtually onstage. I’ve been helping with the planning and it appears that we may have Jim Moore and the legendary Zephyr join us through iChat AV. The logistics precluded anyone from the Dean campaign attending in person, though Joe Trippi was genuinely enthusiastic when Doc asked him to keynote last month.
You may recall that the invitation happened when I was carrying Doc around Dean HQ embedded in my PowerBook via iSight.
Let’s see. The campaign will be in the middle of its entire raison d’etre, and Joe or a designated thriver is supposed to fly from Burlington to San Diego for an hour session? Well, telepresence probably should have been our original plan, and we’ve got a great agenda now, so I’m optimistic about the conference.
The O’Reilly folks have been using me as a placeholder until some things got resolved in our conference call today. If you look fast before they revise the schedule, you’ll see my service as the body double for the real Dean team, now to be present virtually, since we all knew that I, the virtual Dean teammate, could really be there (sort of a reverse bait-and-switch):
Y’all C’mon Down, Y’Hear?
Admission is just $100, the weather will be great, and it coincides with the Emerging Technology Conference, which was moved to accommodate our teach-in, as Tim O’Reilly writes today:
We’re Peddling the Electoral Cycle – Buy in Now!
Tim’s last point is crucial. The fuel for American governance (sort of its Krebs cycle…:) is the electoral cycle. This seems to be the only time when politicians look at what good they might do. Then they spend their time in office to weasel out of their insights into governance, or pandering, depending onyour viewpoint.
That’s why we democracy-lovers need to get involved in politics now, not after government goes back to business as usual. Perhaps that won’t be true of a Dean administration, since no one tells the Dr. what to think, which he does on his feet, and has the self-confidence to develop his diagnoses in public. He honors us by treating the public as co-producers of democracy.
As some wag said the other day, “To Washington insiders, a gaffe is what they call it when they think you should have lied.”
I don’t speak for the O’Reilly folks, but I have a closely-guarded secret few people know about Governor Howard Dean. He intends to do precisely what he’s describing, since he’s on to the one dirty trick politicians can’t deal with: