Saturday, January 28, 2006

Why won't lefties play ball?

This is the story as I understand it:

- Liberals screw up
- Swing centers run to the right
- Swing lefties run to the center to fill the vacuum
- Hard core lefties are left to whine amongst themselves

I know you suffered some casualties but it is time to get down to business. In politics there are two types: rule makers and game players. Rule makers don't whine so that makes you a game player. Now there is a chronology to get from being a game player to becoming a rule maker. The necessary intermediate step is that you have to play the game, and play it well. So grab your socks and play ball.

Reservations about the system aside, I really don't want to hear any more about if Canada had proportional representation the Greens and NDP would have gotten such-and-such. We don't and they didn't. Move on. When you understand the game being played you can make judgements about its rules.

I've never met a lefty not afraid of organization. I know deference, structure and allegiance come easier to the right but they are implicit skills for the game. The thing is that the left can practice these without compromising its ideals. Well maybe not. Strict individualism may have to go.

The sponge was a Darwinistic cul de sac. To do the truely awesome things you need a central nervous system. Mind you to develope a responsible central nervous system we are going to have to solve some problems that haven't even been identified yet (and many that have).

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