Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Grounding a Politics that Matters

Ghandhi had a list of the "seven blunders" of passive violence that humans commit against each other, and his grandson added one. They are as follows, and meditation on them can suggest a number of topics around which we might organize a politics that matters:

Wealth Without Work
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character
Commerce Without Morality
Science Without Humanity
Worship Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principles
Rights Without Responsibilities

(This can be found at

At first blush, the topics I think do matter include the following:

Education (especially pre-K through 12)
Healthcare (securing needed care for all)
Energy independence
Fiscal responsibility by our federal, state, and local governments
Worker-focused economic policies (instead of corporation-focused)
Environmentally-sustainable policies
Scientific research, development, and ethics


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