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Tue Dec 6, 2011, 09:25 PM

Will binary thinking follow us here into DU3 as well? [View all]

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I think one of the most insidious things about the two party system is the binary thinking it induces in people.

It is my belief that the two parties use "issues" (often called "social issues" but also including more minor things too) to divide people and distract them from the major issue. What is the major issue? Economics, class and poverty of course.

But now that political parties have such a clear read on the values of the consumers (read "voters", they can select freely among wedge issues the will split off groups in ways conducive to them. They can also play good cop/bad cop more easily and collude with each other.

For most issues, one or the other political party has already staked ground and "claimed" the issue for themselves. Let's take "national security" as an example. It used to belong solely to the Republicans, but thanks to Pres. Obama, it has been "reclaimed". Now we can all agree or disagree about whether or not missiles should be fired from drone aircraft and "accidentally" blowing up people in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Yemen, etc. --BUT to form an opinion of the issue based on whether the leader of the country is a Democrat or a Republican is surely insane. This is the flip side of the "binary thinking" model.

Generally when we think of binary thinking, we think of choosing the other side of an issue reflexively because of the position of our "opposition" (Republicans), but the opposite is also true. There is a tendency to approve of a position because our side is doing it. To me, this is what happens when you do not have a clear moral compass and doing so is a virtual guarantee that your party will creep towards a position on issue that is popular but which has no moral grounding.

Let us remember that it is economics and the fight for the rights of the poor and working class that created the Democratic Party Let us retain our own moral compass and not be swayed but he rhetoric of the other side OR our side.

Let us use this new DU to discuss issues without succumbing to binary thinking -but rather to try to arrive at dialectic solutions to problems using a moral and not a political compass. That's what I hope for anyway.


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