Another great article the Medium algorithms are not giving enough priority.
I like your fighter plane analogy.
Having spent six years in party politics (in Canada), the list of political boxes necessary to check off to “effect a safe takeoff” is a flummox. No one knows for sure what boxes to check or what is criteria to check them off. Nor will there be any general agreement. What worked two years ago may not work today, and it may be too late to get the right change at the right time. Politics moves very fast, and no one knows where it is really going. We have much more control over an aircraft than any political machine.
I will take credit for calling the Trump presidency sooner than nearly all other pundits (even Mr. Trump). However, I also predicted that he would lose support as time passed in his presidency, so whatever omniscience I may have is now in question. It is naive to think those of us on the outside somehow know better than those on the inside — especially when there is little unity into what really should be done.
I believe western democracy, especially the American version, is moving into political decay. I don’t think there is a party or politician able to save us from this decay — if we insist on keeping the same electoral structures and attitudes in place.
Rather, it is time for building a new system. Consider reading Tiered Democratic Governance.
This morning, I was watching the Canadian news about the Iowa caucuses. If the reports are correct, this is a very strange way to vote. I think it is more constructed for maximum entertainment value, not finding the best candidates.