Political Theories and Thoughts
This is more of a political philosophy section, although I
will include ideas about the theory and practice of politics
as I dream them up or discover them. Some of these ideas can
be found elsewhere, but will hopefully be explained more clearly
here. Other ideas found here will give you new food for thought.
You will probably also notice a Libertarian edge to my own politics,
although I am not affiliated with any party.
The Political Pages
Have No Political Representation - Why this is true and how
it could be different in the future with a simple change in how
we elect leaders.
to Be a World Power? - Not really, and changes are on their
Of Wealth - "Reverse Robin Hood" scams.
Tax Loopholes - An upward
redistribution of wealth?
Corporate Welfare - Redistribution
From Poor To Rich - Billions of dollars taken from those
who make less and handed to those who are wealthy.
Political Change Without Voting
- A look at better way than the perpetual voting for the lesser-of-evils.
A New Constitution - Do
we need one? If so, what should it include, and why? Here are
some ideas that may not be so popular.
Why I Hate Hate Crime Laws -
Outlaw "hate crimes?" It seems like a good idea at
first glance.... But is legislation really the solution to people
believing and saying things we don't like? I don't think so.
Public Lies : As a society,
do we sanction lies? A look at the political consequences of
the lie: "If it saves one life it's worth it."
The Damage That Social Programs
Do : Including a personal story, and some suggestions for
Lying Politicians : My
explanation of why politicians are often just telling us the
lies that we want to hear. Honesty in Washington will have to
begin with self-honesty in the citizens. As long as we want to
believe in nonsense, there will be a politician to serve it up.
The Politics of Taxation
: Politicians and governments must strive for a system that appears
fair to the most people. Political necessity precludes actual
fairness or reasoned thought in the science of funding government.
In fact, it mostly just precludes any science or logic. The idea
that you can generate more revenue with higher tax rates is a
A Policy of Truth : What
would the political landscape look like if we adopted the policy
of truth? You might not like it. Politicians would be debating
acceptable rates of death prior to enacting regulations. President
would be saying, "We are going to kill these people because
it suits our policy aims." Are you ready for the truth?
The Tao of Politics
Many people don't realize that Lao Tzu had quite a few important
things to say about politics and government in his Tao
Te Ching. Of course, not many people read the book. My
own favorite quotes are here:
To be a great leader
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Drop fixed plans and ideas
And the world will govern itself.
The more laws you have
The less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons
The less secure.
The more subsidies
The less self-reliant.
Governing a large country
Is like cooking a small fish.
It is spoiled with too much poking.
If taxes are too high
The people go hungry.
If government is too intrusive
The people lose their spirit.
Govern for the people's benefit.
Trust them and leave them alone.
A great country is like a great man:
If he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Realizing it, he admits it.
Admitting it, he corrects it.
He sees those who find his flaws
As his teachers.
He sees his enemy
As his shadow.
A nation centered in the Tao,
Nourishing its people,
And not meddling in the affairs of others,
Is a light to all nations of the world.
For more on the Tao of Politics, why not read the Tao Te Ching?
My own favorite translation is that of Stephen Mitchell. Compared
to other translators, he worries less about the literal translation,
and more about the meaning -- and that makes all the difference.