|Ronald Reagan as Superman|
Discussions like this remind me vaguely of arguments about comic book heroes. Both require analysis of myths about where powers come from and how they are used. Neither is grounded in the reality we live. Comic book superheros and political theorists provide us with myths to help us imagine what could be, but should never be confused with what is.
|Obama is the Anti-Christ|
These discussions may tell us more about ourselves than about how to make a more perfect union or cool super hero. Plato, the first great political philosopher,viewed society as a reflection of the man. That each man should strive to be good, just as each society should. Men learn and change, so should societies.
|Sarah Palin as Wonder Woman|
Each local society in each time has different requirements. A desert society with great scarcity of resources will most probably need a different form of organization than a river plain society with abundant resources. A society at peace and a society at war will have unique needs.
|Ayn Rand has the Right Stuff|
I see no historical evidence that any system of political organization that was stable over time. Even the most long lived (Rome or Chinese) societies undergo some pretty radical organizational changes in time.
Perhaps the best organization is that which is adaptable to its environment as a life form.
Even in my father's life time, my own country has morphed from a capitalism (pre-great depression) to a planned economy (world war 2) to various forms social distribution and capitalism (post world war 2). In addition the power structures have shifted from distributed to centralized and back several times. All this is done in a framework that allows power to move from one branch of government (judicial, executive, legislative) to another depending upon the needs of the moment.
I maintain it is not the specific form of government, rather its ability to to adapt that is the key to political success. This adaptability comes from the mechanical structure of its rules rather than its idealized form (anarchy, liberalism, democracy, etc.).
So Batman is not always going to beat Superman, Ayn Rand did not come up with the perfect economic system, Spiderman is not always nice, socialism is not always evil, the Hulk can be a jerk sometimes and free markets can wreck havoc if left unchecked.
Let's ask ourselves the mature question; “What is needed next for this situation at this time?”