The Political Logjam
As all of us must know, the country has long been in the grip of two distinct disparate factions most commonly refer to as Left and Right.
Each of these works hard to get hold and maintain its grip on Power by portraying the other as a Deadly Enemy, and through fear-mongering over pet issues on which each side prefers to harp.
Right now it boils down to this:
The LEFT wants us to believe that the Great Advances of Civilization since the Industrial Revolution have damaged NATURE so greatly that the earth, itself will soon be unfit for human habitation. The Left would have us believe that only the application of drastic, coercive, highly restrictive –– and very very expensive –– policies dreamt up by Leftist activists, intellectuals, politicians, and research scientists could possibly save the human race from extinction.
The RIGHT on the other hand is vigorously pushing the notion that The Greatest Threat to Civilization is to be found in alien, hostile, willfully destructive IDEOLOGIES such as Marxism and Islamic Fundamentalism run amok. The Right advocates very expensive policies that include arming ourselves to the teeth both personally through the increased acquisition of personal firearms and vastly increased military might.
Have you any ideas as to why each of these factions has chosen the agenda it has, and why neither side seems to want even to consider the possible merits of the other’s position?
Are we so in love with the kind of enmity born of bitter, entrenched factionalism that we prefer to be forever at loggerheads rather than find solutions to existential problems?
We should ask ourselves why we seem to prefer battling a series of man-made chimera to putting our heads together in a serious attempt to combat the many things that really constipate progress and prolong agony, while perpetually deferring any attempt to neutralize or at least minimize things that truly imperil us.
We waste most of our energies battling each other instead of the things that diminish quality of life ‘round the globe.