Al-Hussein: Rebuild Trust In Government


A friend of mine said to me recently that the key to harmonious
relationships between individuals lies in the art of
making small adjustments. I believe this is also
the case with governments and good governance. Now sure, we can be
attracted by, seduced even, by revolutionary thinking. I mean, after all, we’re
in the city [of Paris] that hosted one of history’s
greatest revolutions. And we heard just now about blockchains, about trusted networks, about politicians who should be selected or randomly selected as
opposed to being elected. These ideas are attractive. We need to consider them. But I’m not sure we need to adopt them. Because, simply put,
if we take one of them, trusted networks, what could be more trusted
than the network of a family? An extended family? So I want to try a little
test on all of you. How many of you come
from functional families? Harmonious relationships
with all the different members of the family, no divorces, no one’s upset with anyone else. Raise your hands if you come
from a fully functional family, and don’t lie. All right, hands down. What about the dysfunctional families? Come on! I know some of you here –
what your backgrounds are. But the point being is that harmony is difficult to achieve, even amongst the most trusted of networks. Now all of us agree that we need better political leadership globally. All of us. But wouldn’t this be achieved
if the young go out to vote? Had the young voted in
the UK in June of 2016 or in the U.S. in November of 2016, wouldn’t the situation
in those 2 countries be markedly different
from where we are now? Now in some countries,
they make voting mandatory. What about if we made it universal? Everyone has to vote, except we put a cap. Voting ends at age 65. Because most of those
who’ve lived to age 65 have basically lived their active lives. Thank you very much, see
you later, go this way. What we need is the young, the courageous, the smart sort of passionate people, not just to take part in elections but also to stand for political office, to believe in their leadership. Because once they do, they’ve
already crossed that Rubicon, and we will see better
trust in government, we will see societies thrive. Such is the power and elegance of the art of practicing
small adjustments. Thank you.

1 thought on “Al-Hussein: Rebuild Trust In Government

  1. I like the idea of getting young people more engaged in politics, but I don't think that making voting mandatory will bring us to that goal in any meaningful way.

    You can force someone to vote, but you can't force someone to make an informed vote. It's impossible to force someone to learn and care about nuanced issues if they don't want to.

    I think the solutions for getting more young people engaged in politics are much more complex and difficult. We need to find ways to persuade young people to want to get engaged in politics. Perhaps mandatory voting could be a first step among many, but on it own it doesn't seem likely to be effective.

    Also, stripping a fundamental human right away from the elderly because you think their opinions are inherently worth less than others is… pretty fucked up, to say the least.

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