The Third Party
People choose not to face reality and maybe the world is better because of it. I'd hate to see what would become of the world if one day everybody just gave up hope. I'd hate to see what would become of the world if one day everybody just gave up hope. I see poor people buying lottery tickets every day at the local liquor store near my office. Maybe they've given up on a god who lets them suffer like they do but they don't lose hope, they just use the lottery to fill that need. Some don't have hope and use alcohol as an anesthetic. Hope is a good thing but could be a better thing if it didn't come at the expense of civil liberties or economic progress.
There is talk of a new moderate political party. I don't see it working unless it's compatible with hope and provides comfort. So how do you provide hope? Well if you take a scientific view of the world you realize that we have a lot of work to do. We're not created in God's image. That leaves a lot of room for improvement. Science has the potential to cure cancer and AIDS, end hunger, create a global society which might lead to peace. If that party used all of these breakthroughs as a marketing tool to explain that science is a pretty good way to figure out truth. Hope would slowly migrate from God to the lottery and then to the hope that we as individuals and as a whole can make the world better with scientific advances. I'm not talking about better Ipods. Social science, political science, economics, medicine, cognitive science - what makes us tick. Many of these areas are ignored because of biased but comfortable conflicting beliefs.
The left calls for a top-down approach to improving the world. The next big thing according to a lot of people is the grassroots or pro-am revolution. Journalism/Media will improve and hold polluters accountable. Monopolies based on distribution inefficiencies are crumbling due to the rise of the Internet as a nearly free way to do business. We'll still need an SEC and EPA but this self organizing grassroots regulation is probably going to do a much better job than a bureacracy. That's an idea Libertarians should be pushing.
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