29 comments on ““OK Don, what is your point?”

      • Yes, go ahead it makes America sound just like here yet here we minions in the Underclasses are always fearing that our Politicians will move yet closer to the American Systems and definitions – or changes thereof and deprive us of more of our Maslov hierarchy. Our health system which used to ensure that everyone had equal access to care is gradually being sold off to huge corporations, health Insurance is unaffordable for the aged and poor and the new privatised hospitals want $4,000 to walk in the front door prior to surgery before anything else happens. They keep threatening us from one side with an “American type Health System” and at the same time tell us that the Poor do not pay enough taxes and that the rich share too much of the burden.

        When I arrived here in 1966 there was no health care system and unless you could afford insurance you just didn’t go to the doctor or hospital. Though diagnosed it was three years before I could access treatment for my Epilepsy because my migrant parents couldn’t afford Neurologists or Pharmacology. I was finally treated when I went status epilepticus while working as a nurse – free because I was a nurse. After 22 years of liberal (ah ah) rule, same definition as Don has given a brave Labor Prime Minister 1975 introduced a Public Healthcare system and Free University Education – far too late for those my age – apart from the Australian Aristocrats. Now both gone again.

  1. I am looking forward to those posts, Don. We Christians should never forget, there is a third actor in all of this. This particular election may be over but the war is ongoing.

  2. Thanks, Don. You’ve presented a nice summary of the some of the major ebbs and flows in political thought here in the USA. Interesting and well done! I’m reminded that Christians should remain somewhat detached from the passions of worldly politics. Somehow Christians were able to use the Bible to promote revolution against Great Britain and ownership of slaves and civil war against the federal government.

  3. You are writing, publishing and distributing your book on the subject all in one step, a chapter at a time! And, the distribution list is quickly approaching 55,000 (assuming most of your followers active). That amazes me, and I indeed appreciate being one on that “distribution list.”

  4. I am enjoying these posts. Some things I am interested in but have never taken the time to really study. I will continue to read them.

  5. Yes, would love the history lesson on Progressivism. Looking forward to it.

    One thought came to mind when reading this post. It’s funny that compromise is generally thought to be bad, when in politics it’s absolutely necessary. For unless you have bipartisan buy-in, whatever is done by one administration will be undone when the administration from the other party gets in power. This will be the legacy for Obama because he did so much by executive order instead of working with congress. Trump’s policies will have the same fate if he tries to do the same. Being too idealistic and uncompromising is actually the enemy of progress when it comes to the American political system (as you said, also leads to hostility). The wheels were designed to move very slowly and inclusively. That’s actually the genius of the system.

  6. “Individual liberty and limited government” sounds like libertarianism to me. Libertarians tend to be centrist. Bernie Sanders seemed to wear the mantle of progressive, whereas Clinton and Bush represented fairly centrist corporatism (either neoliberalism or neoconservatism). Too bad that the change candidate was a nationalist populist, rather than a libertarian like Ron Paul. If he turns out to be no good, it’s only four years. Who knows, maybe Trump’ll actually do some good.
    Here in Canada, we have purges of the establishment fairly regularly. Due to our progressives (the socialist “new democrats”) having their own party, they tend to split the vote with the centrist liberals (who are like your democrats), giving our conservatives (who are like your republicans) power. This seems to inevitably lead to excessive corporatism, at which point they are thrown out and the liberals take a turn. The socialists have yet to form a government, though they once formed a coalition with the liberals, and managed to bring in single payer health care during that term.

  7. Pingback: A Brief History of Progressivism, Episode 1 | The Life Project

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