FROM CRITICIZING POLITICS FROM IDEAL POLITICS TO REALISTIC POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
I am an idealist, I want to be better than I am; in pursuit of the ego ideal I juxtaposed ideal everything and seek to actualize them.
I use the ideal standards of my ideal ego to judge American politics and necessarily find it not good enough.
From my idealistic perspective American politics is the politics of madmen (both conservatives and liberals are madmen).
Now, suppose that America's politics is not the politics of madmen, suppose it is the politics of sane men what would it look like from a non-idealistic, that is, realistic point of view? It would settle certain issues, such as give all Americans publicly paid education from kindergarten to university and give all Americans publicly paid health insurance.
After those rights a few other things can be decided are areas of public concern, areas that society can help individuals but other than those people should be left to fend for themselves.
The Free enterprise economy remains the best economy; however, it needs a bit tweaking, some mixed economy by adding reasonable socialism (but not too much socialism that kills the incentive to work hard and produce wealth).
I also criticize Nigerian politics from the perspective of ego ideal. From that perspective, Nigerian politics is the politics of fearful, cowardly thieves who would not stand up for anything they consider is worth fighting and dying for; Nigerians want to live at all costs and as a result are easily intimidated by the thugs that rule them.
Idealism is a mental approach to reality; idealism sees what is and uses the human mind, mentation to imagine how it could be different and better, and having imagined an ideal version of it the mind wishes that that ideal version existed in the objective world.
The fact is that the external world is not ideal; the world is always imperfect and there is nothing that we can do to make it perfect. We have to accept the imperfection of people and their behaviors and the imperfection of all things in nature.
Having accepted the reality of imperfection yet there are certain things that we can improve in our lives, such as give all people publicly paid education and give all people publicly paid health insurance.
Politics would remain the art of what is possible; the political arena is a place where political actors posit their desires and bargain with those who oppose them, tradeoffs made and resulting social policies are compromises that all political actors can live with.
There is no way that public policies could become idealistic for public policies are the product of political wars where different interest groups fight for their agendas.
Politics will remain ugly but we still can help the individual in certain areas and then tolerate our ugly politics.
The most realistic political economy for the USA that would make it survive much longer is mixed economy and social democracy along Scandinavian lines. Continued unmitigated free enterprise will lead to the end of the USA; in fact, if America does not turn towards social democracy, despite Trump's idiot conservative revolution, the country will implode and end in a few decades.
Thus, if you love America and want it to live long you must work for it to have mixed economy and social democracy; the same goes for all other countries.
Bernie Sanders, a mixed economist and social democrat loves America. Donald Trump and his Milton Friedman and Arthur Laffer capitalist solutions have no solution for what ails America; in fact, Trump and his motley group can be said to unconsciously hate America and are hastening America's demise.
Mixed economy and social democracy is not merely wishful thinking but the most realistic political economy for modern human polities.
Here you have a titbit of my political philosophy.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
February 22, 2017