That is, it shouldn’t be, it’s well alive among many, it’s our only hope in the long run – but it’s lost in America in terms of power and governance at the moment.
The whole founding of America was based on “Yes, Both”. Both citizens of a Union and a State, both work hard and have a good life, both dream of the future and be realistic in practical matters. It was supposed to be the pragmatic attitude that a little of this and a little of that is what probably works best. The “right mix”, “about right”, this for now and we’ll adjust a bit as we go along. Very seldom either – or, but usually some of this, that and that. All happy – all well.
But now, the prevailing mentality seems to be shifting towards hard ideology and a widening belief in purity and all-or-nothing approaches to practical problems in society. Which very seldom works, and only in brief moments when the context by coincidence fits. But the context is constantly changing – which is why the mix has to change accordingly and continuously.
And the problem of mass ideologies – is that when it doesn’t fit anymore – most people just apply more and more of the same. Right-wingers running the errands of private money is nothing new, it will never go away, it is containable in certain amounts, but it is massively destructive on a larger and dominant scale.
Which brings us back to the theatre of the summer.
When taxes were very high, cutting made sense. When they are very low, raising makes sense. But already you can hear the ultra-ideologues screaming.
Let’s be pragmatic. Let’s raise some taxes, and cut some spending.
And stop this devolving tendency into belief and ideology. Pragmatism works better.