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    Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    A recent quip by a fellow poster here inspired me to create this poll. Bear with me, while it may seem patently absurd to some, it is strictly for my own amusement and serves only as a sociopolitical barometer of sorts. Would you rather our governing body be comprised of the faculty of various Ivy league and highly accredited academic institutions (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford etc.) or the first 535 individuals selected at random from your local phonebook?

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    A recent quip by a fellow poster here inspired me to create this poll. Bear with me, while it may seem patently absurd to some, it is strictly for my own amusement and serves only as a sociopolitical barometer of sorts. Would you rather our governing body be comprised of the faculty of various Ivy league and highly accredited academic institutions (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford etc.) or the first 535 individuals selected at random from your local phonebook?
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Hmm. I'd like to say academics, but in playing devil's advocate, giving the reins of government to a single demographic isn't a representative democracy. If that continues, we could see serious self-perpetuating stagnation, corruption, and general disconnect with the rest of the nation, especially if Ivy League (or wherever you take them from) remains inaccessible to the majority of the population. I think giving it to Average Joes is a safer choice, in the long run.

    Wait: when you say our governing body, what are you talking about? I think moving the discussion to a nation besides the US could change the context considerably.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    The academic faculty, even though I think both would do a poor job.

    At least the academics would be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic logic... well most of them hopefully.

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by gavinfielder View Post
    Wait: when you say our governing body, what are you talking about? I think moving the discussion to a nation besides the US could change the context considerably.
    The US congress strictly, apologies for any lapses in clarity.

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Quote Originally Posted by Hare View Post
    A recent quip by a fellow poster here inspired me to create this poll. Bear with me, while it may seem patently absurd to some, it is strictly for my own amusement and serves only as a sociopolitical barometer of sorts. Would you rather our governing body be comprised of the faculty of various Ivy league and highly accredited academic institutions (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford etc.) or the first 535 individuals selected at random from your local phonebook?
    I'd rather have people who are qualified for the job, so probably neither.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    Average joes by a long-shot. They would most likely be more grounded with reality of human nature and have had more experience with real life.

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    A mixture of the two. Why go black and white on the issue? We need some academics, but also some average Joe's so the government doesn't get out of touch with the majority of our population.

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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    I wouldn't want my governing body to be made up simply of either one of those. But with the choice that you gave, I'd have to go with the intellectuals. Out of touch maybe, but probably far likelier to be qualified to govern than just 535 random people.
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    Re: Academia vs Joe Sixpack

    I'm going to be honest 535 random individuals. That would clear out all this corruption and insanity currently going on, sure our nation would economically collapse, but that's just waiting to happen. The sooner the better. After that we could rebuild.

    All the people saying intellectuals. Ivy League does not = intellectual. Ivy League = rich family (in most cases)

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