Off The Cuff Thinking

June 15, 2009 at 12:22 am (By Donna B.)

Are there two distinct “political” or “worldview” tendencies based on biology?

The current Democratic and Republican parties do not define either liberalism or conservatism in terms other than the liklihood of re-election. The political parties exist only for their own self-interests, the public’s interest be damned.

The political parties are too self-centered to actually realize and put into play what might actually work in their interest because of the “public be damned” attitude of both.

The two party system has rendered “the house divided” a reality.

Both parties have doubled down on their ill-considered bets and the house will win.

But what is the house betting on? It’s safe to say the house is betting on both losing, but when the house wins, who wins? My guess is ultimately nobody because that is who the house ultimately represents… if all have placed their bets on one side or the other.

What happens to those who didn’t bet? These are the ultimate losers. Or, if some definition of political unity could be written, they would be the ultimate winners… and as such could lessen the penalty of the losses on the extremes.

So perhaps the middle — those who do not place a bet — are the ultimate winners. And because they are, those who did place a bet will not suffer the extreme punishment of winner take all.

Why and how could this be so? Precisely because the middle bet simultaneously that the extremes were both right and wrong. The only way is for one or the other of the extremes to be completely correct. How likely is that?

It’s not very likely because the extremes are, in reality, very similar. Let us take for example the extreme ID view that all reality was created at once and universal truths can therefore never change AND the opposite extreme view that reality is always changing and that there are no universal truths.

At least, I think these views are presented as opposite. Is that correct?Opposites are very unique things in that they have nothing in common and when combined yield something neutral.  It is only by accepting grey as the outcome of all colors that opposites make sense.

Thus grey would be the color of utopia, would it not? It is, as well, the color of moderation. Therefore there might be a connection between moderation and utopia. Is it as much a fantasy to wish for a moderate world, accepting of all as it is to wish for one ruled by either liberal or conservative values? Which of the three would be the worst? The second worst?

Is the thing most wrong with the middle is that it lacks conviction and the fire of certainty? Is that lack what makes it appealing to some?

Posted by Donna B. in a haze of fuzziness and wonder.


  1. Rod said,

    The winning cynics actually bet on both sides. It is not unusual for large corporations to simultaneously contribute to opposing candidates. They are betting on candidates responding to money, which is pretty close to a sure thing.

  2. Donna B. said,

    Rod — as far as corporations go that makes perfect sense… but why do individuals bet on “neither”?

  3. Randy said,

    Perhaps individuals bet on neither because neither offers sufficient vision, policies, or historical track record to lead one to believe that one or the other is absolutely, positively superior?

  4. Rod said,

    If you conclude that most of the political information you get is spin and misdirection, it is hard to get excited about either side of the spectrum. Your choices are either to sift though the dross for nuggets of truth – a time consuming process that is generally not rewarded in our system – or give up, assume they’re all scoundrels, and get on with your life. Option 2 is the more popular.

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