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The Keen Blade: Politics vs. Policy(3 posts)

The Keen Blade: Politics vs. Policydr hoo
Dec 14, 2003 8:30 PM
Politics: in the abstract, issues revolving around power. In the specific context most used on THIS board, rep/dem left/right con/lib dichotomies.

Policy: what to do about something. Could range from what beers/wines/bourbons are good, to housing decisions, to international relations.

I prefer Policy discussions. I think there are good minds here, with valuable knowledge on many issues.

I will not ignore Politics in the abstract sense. Power relations are important.

Dichotomous relations are the result of lazy thinking.

dr. (samurai movies this weekend) hoo
One small thing...Tri_Rich
Dec 15, 2003 6:45 AM
Dichotomies are not the result of lazy thinking but of our inability to comprehend the world holistically. As humans we have to divide things in order to mentally process them. These division are often, some would say always, arbitrary.

To create dichotomies is not lazy, not to recognize them is lazy.
Point well taken.dr hoo
Dec 15, 2003 12:00 PM
The problem with dichotomies is that as you work your way back and forth between the two extremes, you wear a "rut". The longer you pace, the deeper the rut, and the more it takes to break out of that rut.

I try to look at things from 3 or more perspectives if I can. It seems to help.