Tag: individualism

Congress Is Inept Because It Was Never Meant to Be the Primary Political Problem Solver

There is a strain of modern political thought that equates specialized knowledge and topical expertise with elitism, itself rooted in anti-populism. Such thinking contributes to high levels of political inefficacy as the operational premise of representational government is that legislators, who dedicate their time to informing themselves on issues that affect their constituents, will use…

America’s Party Culture, Part 1: An Exclusive Club

An efficacious politics requires some degree of exclusivity, even in a democratic society. A functional government is built on choice; politicians must sort through vast troves of information, not all of it reliable, in order to identify and pursue the one course of action most likely to lead to a desired outcome. But it is…

When Governing Becomes An Aesthetic Act

Often these days it seems legislators put more effort into the naming of bills than into analyzing the details of new laws and their likely impact upon the citizenry. In April, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, or “El Chapo” Act, proposing to channel the…

A Different Reading of Populism

To possess an ideology requires a strong sense of morality and a commitment to an analytical process that is indefatigable, both in the regard that it questions values and assumptions universally, without regard for personal prejudice, and in the regard that its questioning is all-encompassing; it does not waver to account for fatigue or a…

It’s time to embrace division in American politics

Modern political ideology has devolved into a form of sectarianism. Party identification now serves as nothing short of an intellectual brand. If an individual claims to be a Democrat or a Republican, or to have a deep ideological connection to a sect of either party, all sorts of assumptions are encouraged. To some degrees this…

Money is not “good” or “bad”; it is what each individual makes it

A unit of currency, even those based on elements with empirical worth, has absolute value. But this value is relative, both against other systems of measurement and in context of time and shifting events. Fiat money, like the American dollar, derives its worth as a unit from government mandates and regulations, making it much more…

On belief in one’s righteousness

Surety of opinion is often derided as arrogance, mischaracterized as close-minded certainty. But confidence in the righteousness of one’s beliefs is not a trait which should be discouraged as insipid vanity nor a condition which ought to discredit an individual from being taken seriously as a voice of reason. Surety of opinion is a necessary…

Ideologues are the true moderates

Modern American discourse puts a primacy on compromise. This is measured, not by any sort of real rationality, but simply in an absurdist numbers game where conciliatory parties from all sides of the debate are balanced against each other. This faux “unity” becomes the standard of merit for social and political action. Those who oppose…

Compromise is a myth

There seems to be a consensus in modern America that the culture of government is so bifurcated, so antagonistic that partisan bickering stymies any action. Or so the bloviating media commentators incessantly claim, often citing the paltry number of bills that successfully navigate the journey from bill to law. There is nothing wrong with qualification,…

Brexit fallout: Weighing the cost of freedom

Brexit is a rare affirmation for the rewards of ideological motives in a modern world driven by consensus politics and reactionary alarmism. The vote to leave the nightmarish morass of the European Union was driven by purist desires to sovereignty- a noble act of rebellion and self-affirmation in the face of dishonest politicking. While the…

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