“We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it.”
Jean-Claude Juncker, 2007
The politics of our time are characterized by irrationality. How did this happen? What is rational, and what is just rationalization of the irrational? How can we improve on society and thwart the seemingly unstoppable forces of irrationality, privilege, abuse and the small and big lies which threaten to overthrow liberty, freedom, progress and happiness and bring our civilization back into new medieval times? These are the themes of this blog. This is what positive progressive politics is about.
I will make attempts (essays) suggesting ways forward as well as point out fallacies. Egregious cases of abuse, irrationality, evil and dishonesty I will attack in the series Stupidity of the Day, or S.O.D.
“It is an undertaking of some degree of delicacy to examine into the cause of public disorders. If a man happens not to succeed in such an inquiry, he will be thought weak and visionary; if he touches the true grievance, there is a danger that he may come near to persons of weight and consequence, who will rather be exasperated at the discovery of their errors than thankful for the occasion of correcting them. If he should be obliged to blame the favourites of the people, he will be considered as the tool of power; if he censures those in power, he will be looked on as an instrument of faction. But in all exertions of duty something is to be hazarded.”