Alberta, Politics & DevOPS Pt. 1

DevOps principles for politics

Currently population can easily be divided into top 1%, bottom 99% and politicians. In DevOps we tear down the walls and break the silos. So we need to break the political silo with some rather radical (DevOps) methods. What good is a devops practitioner if he/she is not participating in daily maintenance and building systems that would cause less grief long term. In politics however we have political class doing one thing only – politics and disconnected from the actual people they represent (the longer they are in the office – the more disconnected they are with very rare exceptions). So what if we were to enforce the “right” behavior by allowing only a single term for politician with mandatory “cool-off” next term where they go back to their original job (teacher, doctor, etc.). And allow them to run next term after that. That also implies electing people who are actually representative of demographics and not parachuted by the party into the district.

So what would we achieve by doing that? Politician that represents people would have better idea what ails his constituency, be less inclined to side with 1% (remember – he goes back to his old job after his term so he needs to make his own life better and by proxy others’). Which is very much akin to OpenSource approach – “scratch your itch” (and help somebody)

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