Former Mayor of the City Council (in 2010)
The Think Tank #030: No More Juice - plus Senate Endorsements!
Published by Klatonia, editor-in-chief, The Think Tank Media Group LLC
Out of Juice
I concluded the 29th edition of The Think Tank with an announcement:
Klatonia said:By the way, the technocratic fetish with flowcharts, figures, and everything? Yeah, that’s next.
That was on November 24th, 2021. 245 days ago. Not that it capped a remarkable second half of 2021. My last serious series of publications ended in late March of that year, when I was nominated to the Cabinet. Since early May 2021, I’ve been trying to recapture the magic and, 245 days after my last attempt, it’s time for me to face a really harsh truth: it’s impossible to gather inspiration to write about a microsociety when I don’t know or understand what is happening in that microsociety. Even if I could whip myself hard enough to write something, it would be irrelevant to the context, and I would probably end up musing about myself in order to take up as much space as possible. Possibly with some clickbait title promising something relevant.
Motivation, like inspiration, comes from familiarity with a subject, and I have no juice left in my writing arm. When that happened in the past, I would be so ashamed or demotivated that I would simply leave Europeia. Not this time. This time I’ll have the courage to tell everyone that I don’t have the time to be active enough in Euro in order to spark either inspiration or motivation. So… this is the last column of The Think Tank for the foreseeable future - I’m talking at least a year. I’m sure I can contribute in some other way; only time will tell.
Now… I know. It’s not like TTT has any weight in this election. Though I did read all the platforms and most of this Senate’s threads, I realise that I couldn’t assess with any sort of expertise the issues faced by the candidates or the outgoing Senate’s performance. I won’t even pretend to do such things. Instead, this is the opinion of a low-activity citizen who happens to have a media platform.
First, it’s interesting to notice that the field of 9 candidates is split into three very distinct categories: the old fucks, the very young fucks with some legislative experience in Euro and the very young fucks with absolutely no Euro experience.
- The Old Fucks: Lime, McEntire, Peeps and Prim
- The very young fucks with some legislative experience: Gorundu and Cove
- The very young fucks with very little to no experience in Europeian politics: Spagtop, Prov and DrShadow
Candidates can also be categorized as to whether or not they are sitting Senators (in the sense of already being Senators… nevermind, it makes sense in my head).
- Current Senators: Gorundu, Cove, McEntire and Peeps
- Not currently on the Senate: Lime, Prim, Spagtop, Prov and DrShadow
It IS important if, as a voter, you intend to use your votes both to elect a new Senate and to pass judgement upon the previous one. The current Senate might not have been as active as some would have liked, something at least one candidate conceded, and should you want to make clear that Senate activity is an important issue for you, well, you should avoid casting any vote in favour of outgoing Senators.
You’d be dumb as a brick to do so, but there’s nothing preventing you from expressing yourself this way.
One last thing before I roll out the endorsements: there’s a major difference between Old Fucks and Very Young Fucks. The latter’s platforms are more proactive than the former’s. While platforms listing the candidates’ positions on current bills are all fine and well, I want to be excited about candidacies, I want to read ideas that will shake the entire world of NS, or maybe just a corner of the Euro Board, I want to be inspired by the wide-eyed ambition that those who seek my support have for Europeia. Not that I don’t like technocratic legislators - I’d be a fucking hypocrite. But y’know… let’s say that 20-25% of a Senate with wild, or even mild, ideas is not a bad target. I also understand that the middle of summer is not the best time for an in-house revolution. Plus, that expectation of shit-stirring is in direct opposition with my more prudent (some would say “conservative”) approach to politics, and in the end, it is this prudent instinct that won out.
The Think Tank is proud to announce its endorsements for the July 2022 Senate Election:
Strong endorsement: McEntire, Peeps, Prim and Lime (who should definitely be Speaker)
Lean for: Cove, Prov and DrShadow
Lean against: Gorundu (quite frankly, because of the emphasis on regulating oversight some more), Spagtop.
In addition, The Think Tank strongly recommends that the next Senate have 7 seats.
Best of luck to all the candidates!
EDITS: typos and the in-text note.