For the past several weeks, due to my frustrations with the legal
situation surrounding FaceCash in California, I've been working on a new
project. It's called PlainSite (http://www.plainsite.org
), and I hope it
will change the way that people approach government.
Right now our society is governed by laws that we can't easily see, that
we don't understand, and that we can't hope to improve. A select few
lawyers, lobbyists and legislative staff at the highest levels are the
only ones who really understand how the country is run. If there is any
hope of re-claiming the political process from the so-called 1% (it's
more like 0.001%), this fundamental fact must change.
PlainSite un-ties this knot by casting a type of accessibility and
transparency on the law that has never been done before. You don't need
to be a legal expert to use it, though legal experts will certainly be
among those who do. Average citizens can simply post or vote up the
problems they have, and optionally, propose solutions. Then everyone
else can comment, tag, and vote accordingly. Voting a specific solution
up in significant numbers will hopefully give lawmakers the impetus they
need to do their job, i.e. fear of being voted out of office--and
PlainSite can get specific, down to each and every clause in every law.
That's because unlike "We The People," a recent petition site from the
White House, PlainSite can actually tie problems and solutions to
specific clauses in the law. Soon it will even let you propose changes
to those clauses in whatever way you think makes the most sense. It's
not a liberal site or a conservative site; it's a democratic site in the
most direct sense there is. So you should tell your friends and
encourage them to participate. I'm sending this message to 100 people I
know, because I think PlainSite will end up being the most effective
form of protest possible.
For the moment we're limiting sign-ups to .edu, .gov and select .com
addresses to manage growth (if you have a FaceCash account it will also
work for PlainSite), but if you're interested in signing up and you
can't yet send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
. And if
you're interested in helping you should take a look at
Thanks, and vote up the issues you care about!