This is excellent.
“The situation would almost be laughable, if it were not so tragic. Either someone is on the same side or they are the enemy. There is no room for nuance, for subtle distinctions, for alliance or cooperation on matters of great import.”
Or, of course, for digging to the root of what caused the division in the first place.
“But if you want a bagel, there are 23 flavors.”
January 28, 2014
by Sibel Edmonds
From education to the environment, business to banking, housing to health care, it seems that there is no issue in the world that the industrialized western democracies cannot reduce to a simplistic paradigm of “liberal” vs “conservative.” In fact, this point has been so hardwired into the modern political system that it has been distilled into childlike shorthand: political positions are “left” or “right,” “blue” or “red.” These convenient, color-coded political choices infantilize the political process, making the public little more than spectators at a sporting event, rooting for one team or another without even having to understand the issues being debated. Nowhere has this process of simplification become so refined as it has in the United States of America, sometimes laughingly referred to as the “leaders of the free world.”
Find out about the Left-Right politics — the inane lowest-common-denominator reduction of all political thought has taken its toll on the public in the United States of America in this week’s edition of the Boiling Frogs Post EyeOpener Report with James Corbett.