-
RSS Become a Fan

Recent Posts

"The circle time parade of changes" (2)
"The circle time parade of changes" (1)
Survivor's guilt
Wounds, visible and invisible
Wounded people

Categories

American Society
Connections
Culture
Current Events
Environment
Fiction and Life
Friendship
Good an Evil
History, Research, Writing, Fiction
Horses
Language
Life and Death
Life in Aiken
Literary Criticism
Popular Music
Retrospectives
U.S. History
War and Peace
World War I
Writing Groups
powered by

Clio's Temple

A nation of kludges?

There's an odd sort of symmetry in my classes this week. In my Western Civilization class, I'm discussing with my students how Rome developed the first republican form of government. In my American History class, the discussion centers around the move to replace the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution.

Which makes it particularly fascinating that I just came across an article online titled "Kludgeocracy in America." You can check it out at www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/kludgeocracy-in-america. Briefly, this article is about our charming national habit of settling for a "muddling through" approach to problems rather than enduring the cost of honest debates and decisions about national policies.

It's my personal thesis that we (as a nation) do this because we've gotten so accustomed to the idea that we must find solutions to national problems that can command the requisite amount  of public support while not offending anyone powerful or influential. While we've endured one national trauma (9/11), two seemingly endless wars, and one national financial fiasco in the last decade and a half, we haven't gotten the sort of swift kick in the seat of the pants that may cause us to change our thinking.

While it's possible to nitpick some of the author's points, I have the uncomfortable feeling that this article comes painfully close to the truth. Why do we subject ourselves to such prolonged ineffectuality in our national business? If I could answer that question, perhaps I could also explain why intelligent people ignore the condition of their teeth until they require a root canal. Right now I'm baffled.

1 Comment to A nation of kludges?:

Comments RSS
essay samples on Monday, October 07, 2013 5:40 AM
The issues that will define our major debates will concern the complexity of government, and with that complexity has also come incoherence.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint