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It is not possible to prevent the meetings and the conversations, but it is possible to legalize unannounced recording of conversations with any legislator or bureaucrat and the public release of same. This would serve to limit the damage of such dealings by, in effect, potentially making all conversations "on the record". This would provide a significant incentive for people to develop means of bargaining and negotiating that could withstand public scrutiny.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 01:22:05 PM EST
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... to restrict backroom deals to long time members of the club, excluding newcomers from the real bargaining because of the risk that they will reveal the sordid details.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 01:39:37 PM EST
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Which would, in time, cause the club to atrophy and die. This is a problem if you see the existing system as producing valuable leadership and direction for the society. I don't.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 04:19:09 PM EST
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My problem is in the damage done before "ultimately" happens.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Dec 5th, 2010 at 04:26:13 PM EST
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