The pain of growing smart.

NJ Future had an op/ed piece in the Trenton Times today that looked at what it might take for NJ to become a livable state once again. I really like the premise and the direction, but am pessimistic about it happening. Does anyone think that the power brokers really care about anything like good ideas? The thought of my local school board actually giving up autonomy for the greater good makes me shiver, and not in a good way. The institutionalized indifference to big ideas (either good or bad, but especially good) and the idea that "I/we can run things better than they can" kills me. If you feel the same way, I would love to hear from you about how we can affect systemic change at the local level, short of revolution (which, BTW, I would not mind...)