Friday, November 7, 2014

Oh That It Were True!

Nick Gillespie, a leading libertarian commentator and big wig at Reason.org, wrote an interesting piece at XXX a couple of days ago suggesting that both political parties are on extinction watch:
But whichever side emerges victorious, both Republicans and Democrats should face up to a much bigger truth: Neither party as currently constituted has a real future. Fewer and fewer Americans identify as either Republican or Democratic according to Gallup, and both parties are at recent or all-time lows when it comes to approval ratings...
What’s going on? The short version is that political, cultural, and even economic power has been decentralizing and unraveling for a long time. Whether you like it or not, The Libertarian Moment is here, a technologically driven individualization of experience and a breakdown of the large institutions—governments, corporations, churches, you name it—that used to govern and structure our lives. The result is that top-down systems, whether public or private, right wing or left wing, have less and less ability to organize our lives. 
This is a very interesting article with lots of astute observations.  I must say that I'm nowhere near as optimistic about the likelihood of this process playing out as Gilespie is, but I do believe he makes some solid points and raises some interesting issues.  Good read.