Political Change

Perhaps what we need is not merely change of particular policies – i.e. how wars are conducted, what we wish to pay for the maintenance of the elderly and poor, etc. – but rather change in how we conduct political discourse in the first place. It is centered too much around wealth and power, and by that I mean to indict both corporate influence and populism. Populism can vote out a party one election cycle, and vote out the other party the next, and justify the inconsistency by saying “we have no power, we gave it all to them,” conveniently sidestepping the issue of its own ignorance and the fact that it holds the ultimate say, sidestepping the responsibility of being informed as opposed to acting on whim.

It might be prudent to create an environment where people can talk to each other with some notion of a common good being alluded to, so that way the discourse is more civil and choices can be made by all, as opposed to made by a part and their instantiation transferred to a bureaucracy.

If you think that such a goal is worth pursuing, keep reading this blog for updates. There is a friend whom I very much want to see run for office, and I don’t think either of us are concerned so much about the end result in terms of the election, as much as seeing whether civil discourse is possible in America or not.

Something tells us it is impossible, but all those people who are working for change and progress must be rational, for they keep telling me, at least, that everyone else is irrational.

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