The Problem with Politics, and its Solution

Plato says that all would be well if only wise men reigned—or if all those who reigned were philosophers.
But in the same way that wise men
wisely avoid ruling fools,
so do fools foolishly refuse
to submit to the rule of the wise.
And so confusion reigns.

William of St. Thierry

Beginning from the above premise, Plato’s Socrates goes on to suggest that the only reason a decent man would agree to rule is to escape the government of fools.

To complain about the folly of politics is much like griping about the cold of winter. This blogger has frequently been heard doing both. While it is true that the biting of bitter winds wounds our all-too-thin skins, however, no quantity of moaning seems sufficient to lessen the sting.

With politics, unlike the weather, there is at least the hope that those with better sense may band together to “do something about it.” If they are clever enough, they might even find ways to mitigate the misery.

Not the most stirring slogan, perhaps, but one that just might succeed at building a coalition of the sane: Make America Less Nutty Again!

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