Following up on my previous post, the politicization of America has affected all areas of our lives, from science to education to media to entertainment to inner city communities to sports -- all areas of our lives. A politically correct environmental position has curbed energy production at a time when the country needs the energy and the jobs. Government education is top-heavy with bureacracy and unions and politically crippled from making the necessary changes to become effective. Media no longer presents objective reporting, but rather biased, selective reporting in support of a political party. In entertainment, political messages are sprinkled about and perfectly good tv shows are ruined when they heavy-handedly promote political messages. Black families continue to be torn apart by the welfare system as black teenage unemployment is at 45%, yet politicians plan more government assistance to gain a larger voting bloc, and no one addresses the fundamental problems of dependence and lack of education. Even sports hasn't escaped the political realm as sports stars are paraded before congress to address this concern or that.
The private sector gradually became surrounded and corraled by the political realm. Why have Americans submitted to the over-reaching interference of a Nanny State? One thing that has happened as a result of the politicization of America is that we're sharply divided between Right and Left. Some ambitious intellectuals even build neat theories to describe the influences which make us "liberal" or "conservative". I'll try my hand at it, although I don't technically count as an intellectual because I don't have anything published and I promote a free market and individual rights. Just kidding -- it's really because I don't have the right jacket.
History shows us that one of mankind's biggest problems is the struggle between domination and liberty. Alexander Rustow wrote a history decades ago after WWII concerning this universal power struggle, Freedom and Domination, going back as far as science and recorded history could take us at that time to show how an elite few have dominated the many in different places and times, or try to dominate, throughout. Both Left and Right have, at different times in different places, justified this elite domination by basically saying humans are incapable of self-government. Burke believed the wise, beneficent few are required to guide and protect a civil society. Hegel believed that people could be "free", but only under an absolute ruler who took care of the big picture. Leftists of all stripes believe that the compassionate, intelligent authority of the technocrats must ensure social justice.
So, in America, we've been mostly divided politically into Right and Left with stereotypical leaders -- the Right is concerned with healthy economic growth, law and order, protected borders, morality according to Christian values and self reliance in the world of work and industry, while the Left is concerned about social justice/redistribution themes, international cooperation, multi-cultural openness, civil liberties and environmental protection against unfettered capitalism. Recently, though, concerns of the Right and Left have overlapped, and we find Democrats supporting a war and continued violations of civil liberties, while some Republicans are calling for military restraint and an end to authoritarian practices by the government.
The problem is power. Despite the denials of many on the Right and Left, mainly the Left and a faction of Big Government Republicans, government is gaining more and more power, and the power is in connection with other States bringing us closer to World Government by a few powerful States. The talk of a World Currency is heating up, and we see more international cooperation among the US and other nations. The popular idea is that nations working togther can more effectively solve global problems, and that isolationism and too much nationalistic concern about sovereignty and uniqeness in the 21st century is archaic and self-destructive.
Among the higher realms of world power, Left and Right is practically eradicated, so, as powerful States cooperate in World Governance, regardless of whether the heads of these States are considered Right or Left, their actions are not necessarily Right or Left -- they are pragmatic and aimed at control and collective governance. Soon, we'll see the Left rebelling -- we're already seeing some rebellion on the Left regarding Libya and globalist agreements which hurt the environment. The Black Panther leader excoriated Obama the other day for being too "white". The Left still defend the Obama administration, although they've grumbled about many of his actions which contradict what they thought he stood for, Libya being just the last example.
We also saw many on the Right turn on Bush because of his Big Government actions. This is a trend that will continue as global power strengthens. Running the world is complex, so the power elite cannot be constrained by "conservative" or "liberal" ideology -- they'll have to do what works, what's necessary for collective order, security and economic growth. Their actions will be fair to some and unfair to others at different times in different situations. Individual rights, already a fading principle, will become meaningless -- group rights will become meaningless under the right conditions at the right time when decisions have to be made for the collective, global good, just as national rights will be violated for the collective good. This is the nature of power as it expands.
In America, most of us basically want the same things once we've gone beyond individual, basic needs -- we want peace, fairness, freedom,eradication of poverty and preventable suffering, a clean and healthy environment. We only differ in the methods we support to attempt to make these things a reality. I maintain that we can work together in the private sector to advance these objectives, and that government is an impediment -- that government should only protect individual rights. Otherwise, depending on the State to take care of all social problems and manage economic direction will only lead to an expansion of power and the eventual loss of freedom and rights. Supporting limited government and a free market is more than just wanting government off our backs and having taxes lowered -- these principles are the foundation of freedom and equal opportunity and rights. I don't think we realize how far we've advanced and how capable we are of self-governance, and how incompetent the power elite really are on a global scale -- on all scales of power and control, actually.