Politics for Good People

Source: Aaron Ross Powell
by Aaron Ross Powell

“Politics is bad, but why? What is it about politics that consistently produces both toxicity and mediocre results? Why is it so corrosive to our mental health and emotional wellbeing, a place that elevates demagogues, turns us against each other, and doesn’t seem to accomplish the tasks we expect a government to carry out? After years working in politics, I have an answer: Our approach to politics is both unskillful and unethical. We are, simply, bad at it, and this manifests as incompetence in applying the tools of government and immorality in the ends we use government to achieve. We need to be more mindful in our political action, and more ethical in our political aims. But to do that, we need a new way of thinking about both.” (09/18/23)