In this dichotomous world in which we live, in where concession is akin to weakness, and where our own beliefs are sacrosanct, it is impossible to find any meaningful debate. Yes, yes, this is a sticking point of this blog, but when the problem is this dire, it bears repeating.
Wherever I see the embers of debate begin, I usually see someone with a fire hose with a label come running in to quash any hopes of warmth.
“Lefty rubbish” they caw.
“Right wing nut job” they baw.
And then everyone gets on the back foot and defends their philosophy, as opposed to making a point. So, let’s do the moderate thing, and sit on the fence to piss everyone off:
Both left and right ideologies, if played out to their radical extreme, are equally shithouse. At least to my layman eyes. I do not process to be an expert on the subject, but this is how I view things.
Communism sounds nice by philosophy, but when played out to its extreme (as history has evidenced) results in a two-tiered caste system that starves millions and strips away incentive to excel. Also cronyism, nepotism and collusion.
Capitalism sounds nice by philosophy, but when played out to its (globalist) extreme (as evidenced by current day) results in a wealth divide, enslavement of people in distant countries, and incentivises greed. Also cronyism, nepotism and collusion.
This is not to say that either system cannot work. I just think they fall apart when taken to a radical extreme. Smaller communities might benefit from such systems, but when the goal mutates into a pursuit of utopia, then other motivations creep in that are beyond the good of the community.
So, now that I’ve pissed off everyone, like the good little moderate I am, I’ll outline that I’ve long lamented that we seem to focus on politics on national levels, rather than dealing with our immediate communities. By interacting with those closest to us, we stand to make actual tangible change that is literally closer to home.
Trump golfing a lot is an issue, sure, but I fail to see how addressing that benefits anyone at a local level.
Maybe you’ll find that change can be achieved when you’re not trying to push a radical idea across too broad an area. Better you community first and maybe you’ll see others mimicking your example.