Discouraging to see people continually making these overly simplified binary arguments all day- that government is either a 'good thing' or a 'bad thing.'To me, that's like saying fire is bad.
Fire is bad! You see it burn down that house!
Or water is bad.
Did you see that flood? That woman drowned!
Therefore; the conclusion: we need less fire and less water.
Or even better! No fire and no water!
We really need to elevate the level of debate. There are layer upon layers of nuance in the world, and we are missing it all. We are so far from having a base of understanding we can agree on.
The misinformation campaigns of the Koch brothers and their ilk have really taken root, and it's a major bummer.
"You are seeing basically the same reaction to globalization in early 21st century America, as we saw in early 20th century Europe. The campaign and presidency of Trump. Clever politicians will say 'the problem is not that the United States can't control everything, the problem is not that globalization is alway going to be full of challenges that we actually need to face and try to address. The problem is not that we need new state policy.'
'No, no, no' says Mr. Trump- 'the problem is that globalization has a face- it has a Chinese face, it has a Mexican face, it has a Jewish face.'
And that is a familiar form of politics, because what that does, is it relieves Mr. Trump, and the government in general, of any obligation of actually addressing the challenges of globalization. It instead replaces that with a form of politics in which we are meant to just chase after the supposed members of these various groups, and while we do that- we then forget about what the government is supposed to be doing for us: namely, fostering more opportunity and making us more prosperous.
So the attempt at a Muslim Ban is terrible for Muslims, but it's not really about Muslims. It's about getting us into the habit of seeing Muslims as the source of our problems. The new denunciation office at Homeland Security, where you are supposed to call up a bureaucrat in Washington if you feel you've been the victim of an undocumented migrant, that's not about the migrant. That's about getting you into the habit of denouncing your neighbors. It's about bringing in a new form of politics. "
- Timothy Snyder, Author of 'On Tyranny' in conversation with Sam Harris. I highly recommend this podcast- find it here.