Democracy + Modern Technology

Isn’t it remarkable that every single one of us can listen to Supreme Court arguments live? Live! All of us! And you can read the full transcript later the same day. It’s remarkable, absolutely remarkable. Humans have been organizing ourselves into nation-states for a few thousand years now, and when before in all that history has every single citizen had full, complete, easy access to every word spoken by one of their nation’s highest decision-making bodies? Never.

This is cause for real celebration. It doesn’t matter what you think of the Affordable Care Act. It’s the fact that we can also listen to every word spoken in the Supreme Court that is astonishing. Talk about empowering.