Quintus Furius Camillus wrote:My morose fellow, the commitment it takes to "like" something on social medial is entirely different than the commitment it takes to be a voting and involved citizen. I think we must be careful in over generalizing.
Say you do away with the corporation. A daft move from my perspective. But say you did it. Where would you put the assets? Who would control these assets legally? What solution do you have for these critical concerns that does not include private and corporate oversight?
Assets? There are no assets apart from this website, which I suggested should be sole purpose of the corporation. Of course it should not be dissolved, just limited to maintaining the web site as a sub-department of a Quaestor. The Quaestor would be the director, the other corporate officials his scribae.
Camillo mi amice, I fully agree with you about your assessment of the situation, I just come to a different conclusion. Yes, a like on Facebook is easily done, but people are afraid to commit to an organization, which they are not sure of what duties it involves. But we cannot force something on people. If they do not want to commit, then citozenship should not require such a comitment. Why can wenot just be a community of friends with a common interest in Rome? Why do we need to give outsiders the impression that this is a strictly regulated and hierarchical organization with heavy social and financial obligations for all members? Let us ease things up and gain thousands of new members more!
Bringing the Republic from the virtual into the real world is also what I want. The corporation is again not helpful here. For every real world activity the organizers have to be on site, not somewhere in the Internet.
So let us assume, there is a meet up in France. Then the organizer would probabñy be the procurator of Gaul, not a Consul of the central government living on the other side of the Atlantic, just because he is the director of the corporation.
Any real world activity will always be separate from the corporation, for legal reasons alone, since most of them will not be held in Canada and therefore be under a different jurisdiction.
The bureaucracy of our organization with all its collegia magistrates, leges, comitia etc. is another hurdle. It discourages any activity and complicates it unnecessarily. It is easier to imagine that some friends of a Facebook group just meet somewhere than having it organized by the cumbersome bureaucracy of our Republic.
If we want things to happen, then it will not be under this current constitution. And we canbe pretty sure that no other Roman organization will ever join in, since they are very jealous about their own magistrates and believe we would try a hostile take over. We have seen it already happen with the RPR. They were afraid to join our forum, because they would have to submit formally under our organizational structure. If we had not had our own Consuls and Senate, they would probably have been less reluctant.
If we want to get real, everything in our community has to be real, no virtual imperium, no virtual offices. If something has no real significance and power, we should not have it. If a lictor cannot beat up renitent citizens with his fasces, then we should have no lictors. If the only power a Praetor has is moderating this forum, than we should let him be just that - a moderator. Marcus Audens left our Republic quarreling about the virtual office of Praefectus Castrorum without any real castrum in existence. We could avoid a lot of unnecessary quarrels, if we just get rid of the whole issue, which is only virtual in nature. We would quarrel less, get more members and convince other organizations easier into joint events.
Valete, mei amici!