James Madison and the tyranny of Joe from Sales

The political theory of our Founding Fathers was smelted in the crucible of two enormous event that rocked Europe to it’s core.  The first, the Enlightenment.  These dudes saw first-hand how religion ravaged the continent, and made sure we in the States never got hung up on a state religion.  They tended to be deistic, believing in a creator, but one that was ultimately hands-off, like a celestial CEO.

The second event was the French Revolution.  This was bad.  This was what happened when the common man ran out of bread (and were chided to “eat cake” instead) and ran amok; when ideas like “liberty” was pushed a bit too far.  Basically, the only thing worse that tyranny by a king is tyranny by the masses.  And while it started after the Constitution was drafted, The Founding Fathers nonetheless saw this and said, “gnarly.”

Think about it: back when the Constitution was drafted, the Supreme Court was appointed.  The President was appointed by the Electoral College (still is.)  The Senate was appointed.  If you were some hick, all you could do was vote for your hick Representative in the House.  Maybe it’s safer to say – especially in the context of the time – the Founding Fathers were suspicious of the common man.  And rightfully so.

Where am I going with this?   Good question.

Well, I read this article saying that one of the cool things about cloud computing is this idea of “employee-led IT.”  Cloud computing gives employees greater flexibility to deploy software tools and drive productivity, etc. yada.  Ignoring the practicality of this idea – how do they do this? – the bigger question is: is this a good thing?

I mean, have you seen the employees at your company?

Cloud computing is already rife with security concerns; how we’re going to empower Joe from Sales to upload some beerpong app on the network?  What would James Madison say?  I know.  He’d say, “Let them eat clouds!”


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