What is “A new Job…”Posted by Corrie Becker on August 29, 2013
The answer is it “happened one night.” My new job as Director of Operations for Red Knuckle Politics came about because one night long ago, in a little town called Goshen, I applied for a job in Northern Kentucky. This internship was for a superpac to get Thomas Massie elected in Boone County. The man who hired me stayed in contact. Eventually, Mitch McConnell decided to defend his Senate Seat against contenders from within the GOP and from the other party. In support of him, I loaded up on a bus with other Kentuckians and drove to the well-known and much-loved Fancy Farm, Kentucky Rally.
There were no Fifty Shades of Red or Blue on the Bus, but J. Craig, the Founder of this site goaded me, debated me, and talked me into and out of nap. By way of explanation, it was very early when the bus left the parking lot and I tried to sleep a little. I woke up when I heard my bus mates discussing foreign relations, its pros and cons, and salience to our lives within the tri-state. This discussion banished all sleep, and many great memories made #buslist).
Just like your favorite donut, there’s never enough of it. Also, just like a favorite donut, you always want one more. So, the crew from the bus ride showed up at a Red’s game together… and discussed politics for most of the game. Hey! The Red’s lost and we had to self entertain. I promise, this does relate to my new job as Director of Operations for Red Knuckle Politics. As the world turns and fiber optic cables send messages with great reliability, J offered me the job.
I am a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying Political Science and planning to graduate December 2013. Security of Cyberspace specifically within Developing Democracies as part of a policy prescription package interests me. It is very important to protect infrastructure which sustains and promotes the lives of citizens and guests of the state. Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not a dictum on how people are treated, it sets forth a norm of how the international system should accept that a state will treat its people. There are a lot of side discussions that could take place right here teasing out the practical application of a sovereign state. Set them aside for another time and place, or comment and remind me to write another article. Within the Declaration of Human Rights there are no specific conventions on internet access or promises of technology for all countries, whether in the global South or the global North.
There is merit in the argument that the Internet can support advancing freedoms within a democracy. To be clear, my topic targets Democracies and is not intended to leave out or to ignore the rogue state, the authoritarian dictatorship, or the failed states run by pirates near the Gulf Aiden. Come one come all to democracies, we’ve got a Theory to try on you which suggests that Democracies will not go to war with other Democracies, right Kant? Any philosopher’s theory worth discussing is worth testing, right? Back to the topic at hand, Internet, democracy and the promotion of democratic ideals. While the governance and security of Cyberspace is still a nebulous topic, there are many books and blogs to inform discussions and debates concerning it. For now, we need to update our anti-virus, install patches and beware of phishing scams. On the State level, I am curious how intrusive our intelligence community is, how much data trades hands between the private and the public sector and mostly the oversight (or lack of oversight) which provides a General Warrant allowing this transaction of information. Another articles needs to be written somewhere discussing divergence of human security versus intrusion vis a vis state legislation. One hopes for the point in which the policy discussion becomes an accepted, well researched topic instead of languishing in infancy as it is now. Within the (anarchic) International System (of interdependency in this era of global interconnectedness), an organization to monitor the security of Cyberspace could be created. With there is a larger theoretical and strategic debate against the applicability, feasibility and likelihood of this occurrence, the support of this and promotion of security of Cyberspace can go a long way to supporting the millenium goals set forth by the United Nations. Is this the way an Empire behaves?
Our Forefathers constructed our country with a system of checks and balances. The laws that keep the FISA court proceedings secret may inhibit the intent of this system. It is our solemn duty to be vigilant in the protection of our freedoms whether it is the freedom to speak, the freedom from unlawful search and seizure, or the freedom to assemble in a public space.
I am proud participating in this online forum for intelligent discussion that packs a punch. Cheers to Red Knuckle Politics!