Objective Judgment in Politics
ven. 17 août à 00:00
One of the primary causes of the emotionalism in political discussions today is the lack of an objective standard in judging politicians. Today we’ll discuss five possible standards for judging a politician, their relative validity and relationship to each other. • Tribe: which tribe does the politician belong to? The good one (the one you belong to), or the bad one (the one you don’t belong to)?
• Character: What is moral character of the politician? Is he an essentially good man or an essentially evil man? By what standard?
• Ideas: What is his level of philosophic and economic literacy? What philosophic and economic ideas does he hold, and are these ideas are consistent with America’s founding political philosophy or not?
• Policies / Legislation / Appointments: What is the ideological orientation of his administration? What concrete policies does the politician want to enact or has already enacted? What demonstrable effects have they had or are likely to have? Once we have discussed the criteria, we will use it to compare and contrast presidents Trump, Obama, and Bush.