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Public Good v. Public Status

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Of the various paradigms from which one can consider his or her government, the attitude towards status is one of the more revealing. It is in considering where a government expands its resources that one can develop a perspective on the priorities. For example, a socially liberal paradigm will desire the investment of funds in areas far different from a social Darwinian. Such distinctions are less about political philosophies and more about the deep-seated perspectives that an individual holds about his or her fellow members of society and the government which functions to maintain that society.

What then are we to do when faced with the important priority distinction of public good and public status. Are we better served to use our funds to improve the safety and comfort present within the society, ie move funds internally. Or, are we better served to invest outwards and create a system that the possibility of growth and innovation. Too often the members of a society want both items- the safety cushions of public good combined with aggressive investments and moves into risky areas of potential. This is a dream state and is a dangerous paradigm our politicians bank on to create an idealized characterization of their work.

In order to create an accurate distinction of where we are moving we need to decide where our priorities fall in terms of these two issues. Do we prefer a system of public good or of public status. We cannot have both. We cannot create a system where only partial good or partial status exists. This is an issue of all-in or all-out. By deciding where we stand we can formulate our political philosophies and begin the process of developing policy that works to achieve these goals. A failure to do so only creates false impressions and leads to the tragic treading of water all too common in societies in the moments before they sink into the sea.

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