I see the more central conflict as being between "fantasists," who want to solve problems by applying imaginary power that they do not and never will possess in a manner whose practical consequences they haven't thought through and/or simply refuse to acknowledge, and "realists," who see many of the same problems, but are interested in actual solutions that can actually be implemented with the actual means available to us.
No. Solutions become available as people change their minds, so it's better not to censor yourself in advance if what you're saying is logically correct.
The "fantasists" are the ones who think repeating a failing behavior pattern will lead to something else. Generally, egomania and burnout have intervened. I would rather pay attention to the ones who speak to pure logic.
Such as: would society be better off, or worse off, if all under-120s "disappeared" tomorrow?
The more people think about this, the more the idea grows acceptable to them. Then that removes some inhibitions. Finally, it becomes positive advocacy. This is how all change happens; it never
happens to those who censor themselves out of some mistaken maturity.
The ideal would be education because a strong nation is useless in the end if everyone is dumb exept the leaders.
No. Education does not change intelligence.
The virtuous leader understands when and how coercion is to be applied. It is the corrupt who use coercion in excessive or unreasonable ways. Thus, the problem is moral and not practical.
The quality of leader determines the use of power. The idea that our solutions are found in dogma and institutions is bunk. It is found in the moral strength of individuals, working together with culture.
I can't agree with you on power corrupting. Power corrupts those who are unfit to wield it, but they were corrupt before the power, just got revealed by it when they had the chance to act out their inner disorganization.
The other day, I was driving in my car on a Sunday afternoon and I couldn't believe what I heard on the radio: a real commercial talking about OVERPOPULATION that was advertising for some website about overpopulation! The rubber is beginning to hit the road, and one could say we are beginning to condition ourselves to accept this. It's not inconceivable that the future could see incredible violence and grand wars. The fantasists, by nature of their warped persona, are sometimes able to "peer into the future" and see things where the more realistic would never imagine.
Power comes in many forms and everything is will-to-power. We can either apply power discriminately or we can "mind our own business" and things will inevitably erupt indiscriminately.
Exactly. Ten years ago that would be unthinkable. The amount of dialogue we have on race and class would have been unthinkable then also. In ten years, the tard-o-caust will be a common topic.