Political Inventions.

Inventions with a primarily political purpose, or inventions that would have political implications.

Card-Based Voting System.

A system of voting in elections that involves a magnetically-encoded card that is  pulled through one of two slots on  a voting machine. For example, you would vote for a Democrat by sliding your card through the left slot, or vote for a Republican by sliding your card through the right slot. Additional choices (for third-party candidates) would be accessed by going to a different page on the  voting machine's digital display, for example, if the choice was between a Libertarian  or a Communist, you would slide your card through the left slot to vote for the Communist, or slide your card through the right slot to vote for the Libertarian. You could also use it to vote on ballot proposals, for example, slide your card through the left slot to vote yes on proposal one, or slide your card through the right slot to vote no on proposal one.     

System Of Digital Time Clocks.

A system of digital time clocks to create digital currency would allow workers to earn money and deposit the money they earned directly into a bank or credit union. 

Programmable Digital Currency.
An invention for a new form of digital currency that has the capability for limiting the scope of transactions, or for preventing certain types of transactions. A  parent could use this type of digital currency to give an allowance to his children, and the parent could limited what his children could buy with it, for example, the currency could be programmed to allow the juvenile to buy food or clothes, but the currency could also be programmed to deny the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, pornography, or any other item that is normally forbidden for juveniles. This type of digital currency could limit what a juvenile could buy with his allowance, but it could also be programmed to prevent an adult user from buying boycotted items. Since the  programmable digital currency could be programmed with respect to boycotts, it would have political implications. The currency could be programmed to boycott certain products  that were imported from from countries that had been guilty of human-rights violations. If you tried to buy a product that came from a country that was being boycotted, the currency would not function. You could also program the currency to boycott items that were produced by non-union companies. Currency that was programmed in this way could only be used to buy products made  in union shops. On November 2, 2011, I wrote an article on hubpages.com, the article was titled  'A new concept for digital currency', there is a link to that article at the bottom of this page.

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