Chaos: The Absence of Government

As a nation of people with a broad spectrum of individual interests, objectives and talents, we operate best when we come together and govern by consensus. In fact, an absence of consensus precipitates dysfunction in government and, subsequently, a splintering of any sense of common purpose.

Reasonable people, finding themselves incapacitated by their own intransigent refusal to compromise, would revisit their demands and embark on a process of honest negotiation. Progress, one would think, is better than stagnation.

Logic, however, isn’t always guaranteed a winning hand, or even a place at the table; not in the politics of failing governments and not in our politics today. “Can’t we all just get along?” is both a reasonable question and desperate plea for hope.

We would do well to listen.


About jackdetate

Married, 2 children, retired, enjoying unstructured time: "And then he drank a dew From a convenient grass, And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a beetle pass." ~ Emily Dickinson
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2 Responses to Chaos: The Absence of Government

  1. jackdetate says:

    At some point the pain of inaction can’t be ignored. Honest negotiation is the fastest remedy for that pain. I say go off the cliff and see how far we are willing to drop, until a parachute is deployed. All action requires a reason. Reluctant action requires an eminent threat. You know… in lieu of logic.

  2. Sugel says:

    Success of a joint team in developing a consensus recommendation depends on the group’s ability to identify as a team, control politics, and mediate conflict among its members. Teams in the joint/interagency arena are not likely to be “normal” teams. Their members represent real, usually entrenched, organizational interests. They feel an obligation to fight for those interests.

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