War is politics continued by other means. The corollary could be that “politics is war that hasn’t yet escalated to naked violence” is probably a more accurate summary of the relationship between armed conflict and politics.
I don’t advocate violence, it should be a last resort for many very good reasons. But violence is truly the root of all political power. “Power comes from the barrel of a gun” is how Chairman Mao put it, and he wasn’t wrong. “One man with a gun can control 99 without.” was how Stalin put it.
And this is why people with guns frighten the ever living hell out of Democrats. Because people with guns have the political power to say “no.” The ability to say “no” is powerful. The ability to say “no” is meaningful.
Right now the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is crumbling just like anyone who has ever studied the financing of socialized medicine told you it would. Right now the media have utterly destroyed their own credibility and don’t care that everyone knows. Right now American politics are a shit show, with many similarities to the 1850s in terms of polarization of cultures.
Is a war coming? I hope not. But it doesn’t hurt to have a plan to rebuild.
I think the Constitution went a bit too far in empowering government, but the Articles of Confederation didn’t go far enough to make an effective government. I would take away the direct election of Senators, and put term limits on all offices. I would get rid of the “winner take all” electoral college and go by voting district, with the two “senator” votes per state based on the number of districts won in the state, not the popular vote. I would raise the minimum voting age from 18 to 30, and cap the maximum voting age at 65 in order to ensure that people with at least some life experience were invested, and that the torch of political power was passed on instead of being subject to the whims of demographic shifts.
Is it perfect? No. It isn’t, not by a long shot. But this darn near universal suffrage condition really accelerated the financial decline of the nation, and so maybe the next time the world gets a chance to have a brave experiment with Democracy we should reconsider that one.
Comments are open, how would you remake the political framework of a nation?