Cyberspace and a new breed of voter will determine the fate of national elections by the millennium amidst growing frustration toward both political parties, according to an explosive new book that explores the impact of technology on American politics. Taking Control: Politics in the Information Age is the first book to analyze the enormous political ramifications technology is having on the way Americans live, work and govern themselves.

Co-authored by Dudley Buffa and Morley Winograd, Taking Control predicts that by the year 2000, nearly half the American workers will be employed gathering, processing, retrieving or analyzing information. Unaligned with any political party, they are creating a powerful new constituency of voters.

Accustomed to teamwork, empowerment and shared decision-making in the workplace, the new constituency wants less bureaucracy and more choices -- a government that offers the same efficiencies as the companies for which they work.

The Information Age knowledge workers wait impatiently for leaders capable of mastering the era they have already entered, while Democrats and Republicans wait for a return of a political clarity that is quickly evaporating with the demise of the Industrial Age. "Taking Control" insists this emerging majority will become the dominant political force in America for the next 50 years and the first candidate or party who embrace its vision will win its support.

Buffa and Winograd also forecast in the book:

  • The new technology will lead to abolishment of the income tax, arguing that the use of untraceable electronic transfers will make the tax virtually unenforceable, necessitating an entirely new approach
  • The party primary system will be replaced by a System of electronic participation. Candidates will face each other in a single, national primary to decide the two who will run in the general election diminishing the traditional influence of the political parties.
  • The new technology will change the way we educate by providing a computer based programmed method of instruction tailored to the needs and interests of each individual.

Taking Control laments the state of both Democrats and Republicans and urges the parties to recognize and embrace the, existence of a new body of voters before damage already done is beyond repair. 4306

Dudley W. Buffa is an attorney, writer, lecturer, college-professor, and President of the Institute for The New California. The Institute is a research organization designed to provide new public policies that can meet the requirements of the Information Age and the desires of a new national constituency

He is co-author with Morley Winograd of Taking Control: Politics In The Information Age (1996) a timely and informative book with thoughtful suggestions for the way our government should be re-engineered

Buffa has had a diverse career in law, academics, politics and publishing.

He was a practicing attorney from 1985-1996 in Salem Oregon and later in Colorado, specializing in criminal law, tort litigation, real property disputes and domestic relations, trying more than 100 cases.

Buffa's other key professional credentials include, consultant to the Michigan Court Of Appeals, Midwest Director of the National Rural Center, Special assistant to U.S. Senator Philip A. Hart (D.- Mich.), chairman of the Michigan Commission on the Constitutional Convention, administrative assistant to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.

He taught political science, constitutional law and public policy at Michigan State University, Oregon State University, Willamette University and Lewis Clark College.

In addition to Taking Control, he has published a two-volume study entitled. Union Power and American Democracy.

Buffa holds degrees from Michigan State University (B.A.), University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D.) and Wayne State University (J.D.)

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