Are you for change or against it? Should change be slow – evolutionary – or fast – tipping points. And how do things evolve anyway? Will destroying elements of a system destroy the system? Suppose the Republican Party was eliminated (an occasional dream of mine) would our system survive? Would it prosper? Can you rip out bad parts of the system without negative consequences?

Lots of things get ripped from the system and death is evolution’s assistant.

And in fact with 50%+1 votes – politics is nothing but a ripping.

It was Teddy Roosevelt with his “Speak softly and carry a big stick” that set us on the wrong path. We forgot the “speak softly” part and have come to the general conclusion that you can get what ever you want with a big enough stick.

Politics is nothing but big sticks and tipping points. Less of it would allow more room for evolution. The general idea that “we must stop this or stop that” (aside from simple rules that are universal and understood by a two year old – “mine, mine, mine” and “don’t hurt me”) has gone insane. It holds back evolution.

Power and Control interferes with evolution.

Update 0239z 30 June 2014:

Commenter Rich Vail reminds me I got the TR quote wrong. It is not: “Walk softly and carry a big stick” it is “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. That is corrected in the body of the text above.