Thursday, December 07, 2006

Liberal Politics? Conservative Politics? Nah: Chinese Restaurant Politics

Conservatives were right about free-market economics. Liberals were right about antiracist social policy. Shrill Conservative blogs litter the Internet. Shrill Liberal blogs litter the Internet. The media slants left or slants right depending on which part of the media you’re looking at. But where are the Chinese Restaurant blogs and media? That is the kind of political thinking the country needs.

You know: Take the best from Column A and the best from Column B, maybe add a little mustard or soy sauce at the table, and leave the rest in the kitchen. The stuff that stays in the kitchen long enough eventually gets thrown out.

When ideologically fraught issues finally get down to the voters, this is what they often do, and in reasonably practical fashion, if they can see the issues clearly. But not always; sometimes the air is too thick with smoke and confusion to sort things out, which is not a good way to run a proper kitchen, or a country.

If your thinking has a red or blue label, chuck the label and rethink. And don’t hesitate to leave a lot of the stuff in the kitchen.

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The blogger wrote:
"I predict that Anthropomorphic Global Warming...."

It's Anthropogenic Global Warming, not Anthropomorphic.

Not tempertures have gone higher in the 4+ years since you wrote this post, to record highs.

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