Sunday, February 21, 2010
I can't really stand to read Tom Friedman and other US progressives any more because I find them so tediously predictable. Ann Althouse gets it pretty much right. I think it can be put more simply. Progressives, the sincere among them anyway, really want to do great things, but they don't know how. They yearn to accomplish wonderful change, but they just don't have the technology. They want it so very much, so very, very much I guess we're supposed to love them for it. Me, if I want to help but can't because I don't know how, I say, sorry, I would if I could but I can't. Lack of any working theory or pragmatic if undertheorized ability to improve things, however, appears to be no impediment to the progressive desire to exercise power in the hope, I guess, to make things better. The Obama presidency seems absolutely saturated in this spirit of groundless hope, as if meaning well is what really matters. Hence my blaming Kant, the moral philosopher who, to simplify greatly, thought morality was all about meaning well.
Now it seems we are about to enact a health care something or other that will have effects nobody can possibly predict beyond saying they will probably be profound, terrifically expensive and there is no reason to expect positive. It seems driven on the most basic level by a combination of high industrial politics, big companies maneuvering to cement their positions in our bizarre semi-socialized health care system, and soaring political egos that yearn to be thought of as historical and magnificently beneficial to those of us these people would not deign to dine with. I hate being caught up in the ambitions of people who are so transparently shallow and unable to comprehend the fact that some problems are beyond the ability of any group of people to just up and solve, let alone people who cannot bring themselves to utter a simple honest sentence in public. What did I ever do to them? What is it with this undertaking of grandiose projects that must be failures? Why not something smaller that has a chance of success? The fate of many people who are just trying to live their lives is caught up in the furious psychodramas of other people who feel driven to be powerful. Obama's mother or whoever it is that geared him up this way may has a lot to answer for. But of course, the only people who end up answering for the great adventures our rulers want to make of their lives are the little players in their plays. So I guess they don't even really mean well, but they sure want to appear to do so, on the grandest scale.