Saturday, April 29, 2017

Democracy Is Muck And Muddle: The Alternatives Look Better But Play Out Worse

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Live with it.
Political predation may be inevitable but the election of manifestly crazy people is not.

Dear F,

There is nothing "sexy" or "buzzy" about the following interview.

But it is precisely the conversation America needs - and the conversation America is not having because we gringos want our conversation to be "buzzier," "sexier" and more ideologically satisfying.

Trevor Noah Interviews John Kasich On The Occasion Of His New Book Release

At out peril, we forget that democracy is intrinsically mucky business.

"The terrible thing about our time is precisely the ease with which theories can be put into practice.  The more perfect, the more idealistic the theories, the more dreadful is their realization.  We are at last beginning to rediscover what perhaps men knew better in very ancient times, in primitive times before utopias were thought of: that liberty is bound up with imperfection, and that limitations, imperfections, errors are not only unavoidable but also salutary. The best is not the ideal.  Where what is theoretically best is imposed on everyone as the norm, then there is no longer any room even to be good.  
The best, imposed as a norm, becomes evil.”  
"Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander,” by Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton

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It is also true that:

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