NO Labels?

source: ... No Labels” seems like a dodge to me. Or at least it used to.

I’m referring not so much to the No Labels group as to its idée fixe. The group was established in 2010 by an array of moderate Republicans and what we used to think of as “New Democrats.” Describing itself as a “movement” " the better to suggest a grassroots surge rather than a Beltway-insider gambit " No Labels devotes itself to making Washington “work”: to transcending partisan and ideological branding, to finding the common ground needed to solve the nation’s problems.

But what if Washington is the nation’s problem? Not the much-touted dysfunction of our central government but the very conceit that the problems of 320 million people are suitable to being solved by a Beltway political elite whose lives are increasingly remote from those of the people they nominally represent?

... The idea that because there are 2 sides to every argument & therefore the solution is somewhere in the middle is absurd. The most glaring error of such reasoning is that the two sides are equally balanced & represent all there is; like in the Tao (in some minds somewhere) .  They are not. At best the two or more sides are poles in a multidimensional argument.


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Eiamyme says
seth 2015-01-03 12:47:30 18045
ok .. you got this all figured out ... all "fixe" ... no need to think about it at all.  for me it is not so simple. 
The ruling class politicians make it so complicated that ordinary people can't figure it out. That is how corruption and 18 trillion$$$$ gets spent will little accountabilityu & the revolving door of private-public enterprise gets permanently spinning.
good luck remaining in a permant state of spin.

Eiamyme says
seth 2015-01-03 12:20:09 18045
... i too do not like the the idea that, "the problems of 320 million people are suitable to being solved by a Beltway political elite whose lives are increasingly remote from those of the people they nominally represent".   Yet there are problems that do not get solved by random interactions of human nature (rather they just get radically worse for some at the profit of others)  ... hence government of those things seems necessary ... robbery, murder, and manipulation being some examples that come to mind.   The question in my mind is how do we get from here to there. 

Your premises & solutions are absurd.  Nobody is saying solve anything by "random interactions of human nature" nor are the problems of robbery, murder of the same quality as manipulation (whatever that is in whatever context for some value of something being manipulated) .
The solution is threefoldness.  Get the government out of the economy business. Get politicians out of the justice business & return government to one of laws & not men. Get the ruling class back to being in touch with their constituents & being citizen representatives instead of ojt for permanent job security running others people's lives.


Eiamyme says
seth 2015-01-03 13:27:07 18045
seth 2015-01-03 12:47:30 18045
ok .. you got this all figured out ... all "fixe" ... no need to think about it at all.  for me it is not so simple. 

I was just trying to think about the edge ... why we need government ... why not just let people do whatever they do ... why impose consequences on a population?   I like to work from the edge back to the current fulcrum of change. 

but of course if you have all this already figured out there is no need for that sort of thought. 

so just do it ... ok.
Just munge, RWG & word salad - argue on haggle-off ! no useful thoughts.  There is plenty to do to flesh out threefoldness & plenty has already been done already. If you want to haggle about that as a solution though, haggle-off in your own hand somewhere else.

BTW, why did we need the meetings at PJ-II?