We need to have a popular vote on every detail of engineering in every project, because nobody knows better how to engineer than the readers of a weekly paper written by journalists who can't tell the difference between an engineer and a NIMBY waving crisis flags.
The only way SF can be more dysfunctional is if we can involve more uninformed, ignorant, easily fooled proletariat into setting strict policy that prevents anyone with a specialized education from doing their jobs. And the best way to do this is to incite Fox-style fear and panic funded by opposition groups.
@danieleran I could not help but notice the phrase “... easily fooled proletariat” in the essay. The proletariat of 1917 Russia, unlike anything in American society, was not inert, but progressive, helping the sick, poor and those who needed help, across ethnic differences; The Proletarian that not only emphasized, but utilized education through training and assiduousness, becoming the integral, well-trained engineers, technicians and public officials, that advanced to become the single most socially democratic country in the world, surprising even Karl Marx. That country was The United Soviet Socialist Republic.