Perhaps you have heard people say “There is no substantive difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. The leadership of both major parties are thugs. They compete with each other to see who gets to rule, sort of like the Bloods and Crips.
A January 2019 article from FEE offers an alternative explanation – fallacy of good intentions.
… the information age makes us less curious and willing to consider worldviews unlike our own. We have access to virtually all of humanity’s accumulated knowledge and history on devices in our pockets, but the sheer information overload causes us to dig in rather than open up. Anyone who wants to change their mind can find a whole universe of alternative viewpoints online, but very few people do…
Because we can always find media sources which confirm our perspective and biases—and dismiss those which don’t—the notion of politics by argument or consensus is almost entirely lost. And no matter what our political or cultural perspective, there is someone creating content tailored to suit us as stratified consumers. Thus liberals, conservatives, and people of every other ideological stripe live in vastly different digital media worlds, even when they live in close physical proximity.
But because information is so abundant and readily available, it becomes worth less and less. Information is cheap, literally.
For our grandparents, knowledge was analog and came with a price. Gatekeepers, in the form of media, universities, libraries, and bookstores, acted as editors and filters. Walter Cronkite, the most trusted propagandist in America, delivered one version of the news every night. The local newspaper did the same every morning. Even just thirty years ago it was often no easy task, and there was no small cost, to obtain books and literature not easily found in local or university libraries.
Local Solutions Are Better Than Bureaucracy in D.C.
How very refreshing to read Gerald Seib’s “Far From Washington, Americans Are Finding Solutions” (Review, Dec. 12). It is preposterous to believe the large, sclerotic, bureaucratic government in Washington can understand, let alone solve, the problems of 330 million citizens, 50 states and countless counties, cities and towns therein. Many will remember Ronald Reagan’s rousing declaration: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” JACK LOCHRIE Farmington Hills, Mich.
Would people demand that the government have less power if its leaders were selected by chance? If the President, and Congress members were selected by lot the public would never know who would be in charge. It is the power that we have given to the government that is the problem. Most people think that if we could only elect the right people we would have good government.