I lucked out on the trip up here to the cabin yesterday (other than drive time), but I’ll get to that in a second.
First, a diversion. Every now and then (more now than then) I get tired of news and talk and put the radio on music. Usually it’s classic rock, but then there’s a "mix" station I’ll check out from time to time and catch a new tune I end up liking. Gotta admit: I heard really liked this one the other day by Timberlake: What Goes Around…/…Comes Around Interlude. It’s track 6 here at Rhapsody, which, I just found, allows the download of a Firefox plugin and you can play 25 full tracks per month for free. Unlimited is $12.95 per month, and that’s what’s I’m about. iPods and MP3 players are great, but ultimately I’d like to play whateverthehell, wheneverthehell, whereeverthehell.
Anyway, I switched over to NPR and happened to catch on all but the first 3 minutes of a substantial NewsHour interview with Ron Paul, conducted by Judy Woodruff (Part 1; Part 2). It’s typical Paul: he just doesn’t shy away from questions that would have any other politician backpedaling like crazy.
But he said something simple, and, I think, quite profound. I don’t have an exact quote and don’t have time to go through the whole thing to find it, but it was something like "in politics, the more complex, complicated, and tenuous the issue, the more localized handling of the issue is required." Yes. Obviously, when uncomplicated and not controversial, nobody complains about collective policies. It’s likely what you’d do anyway, or you just don’t care. Increase the complexity, and the more the politics ought to happen at the state, local, community, family, individual level.
It’s not perfect, because I draw a pretty solid distinction between individual business and everything else, but I’d certainly call it a good rule of thumb, not to mention wise and reasonable.