We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In my view, the real problem isn't the politics - it's the hubris. Few people who enjoy creating big plans and schemes for other peoples' lives have ever even tried to run a candy shop. That's the problem.
Listen to Larry Summers for a few minutes if you can. A pompous jackass whose academic assumptions are based on nothing but vulgar keynesianism. It's fairly incredible to see in what high regard he seems to hold himself while spewing platitudes that only an 'intellectual' could believe. He's more than happy however, to blame free markets for the obvious failures of his elitist cult. A genuine, ivory tower, arrogant boob.
Society does defeat attempts at over-arching "policy", whether secular or religious. This is probably one reason Muslim societies are so stifled: excessive conformity.
Individual areas of government activity do require policy: transportation, taxation, national defense, public safety. Over-arching policy? Maybe not, but there should be over-arching principles: national safety, individual freedom, justice under law, government as society's facilitator, not driver or designer.
American Thinker is tops in my book. This latest post on Maggie's is a typical example- I know that BD is a fan, too. AT offers some of the most well written, well sourced, penetrating insights and analyses on current affairs available anywhere, right or left, in print, on the telly, or on the web. Their contributors are uniformly tops. Keep up the good work, American Thinker, your time has arrived to lead the rapidly growing counter-revolution.