On Politics

Hmm. For several years now, politics has given off an almost purely negative vibe. While processing lots of media (social and legacy), I find myself annoyed/irritated by stupidity in the political realm. Corollary: Nothing in that realmĀ  excites me or makes me hopeful for the future. This is in stark contrast to the stuff I work on, on-the-ground reality, resiliency, technology, etc.

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  • Nelson Blaha
    Mar 15, 2010

    relevant: This American Life 402 Part II (at 42:27 in the podcast)


    In which a university debate intended to breed discussion about each program’s value becomes a metaphor for American politics.

  • Graham J.
    Mar 16, 2010

    I know exactly what you mean. And it doesn’t matter ‘whose team’ is winning or anything like that. There’s no vitality or energy or legitimacy left at a federal level.

    But also, the parties really don’t espouse a particular philosophy any more. It’s a self-serving cycle of re-election ().

  • Graham J.
    Mar 16, 2010

    Ach, I had a link there at the end (Republicanists and Democratists). Here is is: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/feature/2010/01/18/cable_tv/print.html

  • Thanks Blaha.

    Graham – Right. And on a totally personal level, its just a lot of negativity, which as fluffy as it sounds, is terrible for the mind.

    That said, it’s pretty hard to let go given it permeates throughout all facets of social life.

  • Fundamentally what we have are industrial political parties in a post-industrial world. Unsurprisingly then there is a disconnect between reality and their legacy narratives.

    That said certain aspects of the old are leading to the new. The Conservative’s (in the UK) traditional emphasis on decentralisation is creeping towards an understanding of resilient communities.

  • Russ Greene
    Mar 17, 2010

    There’s a marked disconnect between public image and policy. I remember many a naive leftist in 2008 believing that Obama would transform American foreign policy. I don’t think that ramping up in Afghanistan and increasing the rate of SOF and drone strikes is the change they expected. As far as the supposedly “small government” Republican party is concerned, consider the effects of both Ronald Reagan and the recent Bush on government spending.

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