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.
The "social change" of "dealing with complex social problems" is kinda contradictory, no? Nevertheless, rightists will line up codependently in a single file while the left dispenses today's approved talking points and various issues and their symptom-treating salves.
Meanwhile, rights are negative, all force by X against Y is wrong except for very rare instances embodied in said rights, and destructive feedback rules every single time a forceful social action is implemented in a world where all social action is inherent force. Ask your community organizer. And rightists still line up, nicely.
An irritating man is one who claims that the solution he adopts has been reached in an impersonal way, the one who does not want to take responsibility for what he adopts.
Propose solutions? As if the world were not drowning in solutions!
Modern man comforts himself by thinking that “everything has a solution.” As if there were no sinister solutions!
Human problems are neither exactly definable, nor remotely solvable. He who expects Christianity to solve them has ceased to be a Christian.
The Christian does not pretend that the problems posed by religion have been solved; instead, he transcends them.
Christianity does not solve “problems”; it merely obliges us to live them at a higher level. Those who claim that it does solve them entangle it in the irony of every solution.
The modern clergy declare that Christianity seeks to solve earthly problems—thereby confusing it with utopia.
If you want to optimize the whole, it's important to focus on getting the important things right and not let yourself get distracted by trying to make every little thing perfect. Keep in mind that you're only going to be "dancing on this earth for a short while" (h/t Cat Stevens) and if you piss away your precious time on non-essentials, you will never finish your project or finish it too late.
A social utopia is not possible in this world. The moment a do gooder, whether communist or Christian, migrates to the world of positive rights one finds that there is neither enough power or money or utopiates to spread amongst the masses. Column A leads to column B leads to total failure. Free health care anyone. And NO, it can't be fixed except by individual choice and individual solution. Charity can help but mandates can not.
Right on. And because it's right on, rightists are advised not to counter leftists when leftists invariably - and variably - utopianize. Leftists are by nature irrational and worse; engaging their faulty goals and standards as if they were rational is simple codependency.
But that engagement is how the right catastrophically failed to stem a century of leftism from its intellectual inferiors and from a political minority.
Worse, during that century the ostensible right enlisted at least as much statism as the left. For a reasonable projection of that, turn your attention to the infernal social plane, where in another decade or so the right will champion racial and gender causes. How? The right started a decade ago trying to prove to the left that it wasn't racist or sexist. Eventually that target will disappear but the right will forge on alone by momentum.
And there we go and there we went...
So this bipartition of purported thinking styles already has a central, fatal flaw: That problems exist to be solved by majority, fiat, the grand collective good, and what is always force. In that it simply becomes a false dichotomy.
The fact that utopias fail is one of the basic social lessons one learns from studying American Colonial history. If somebody believes we can solve it all with *insert law/program here*, they were a poor student.