Robert. I believe we have engaged before. I do look at your work now and then. But this time I feel I need to comment.
My wife likes videos of preachers. One I like is Andy Stanley. He has amazing way of using Scriptures that non-Christians (like myself) can find useful.
Sometimes my wife finds Billy Graham--and I have to say that this man thinks I'm "stupid." He is very condescending towards people who think differently than he does. And it's politically incorrect to say that, isn't it?
I spent six years in the backrooms of Canadian politics. To keep my observations brief, I will just say that politicians have to lie to become and stayed elected. We cannot change that dynamic by wishing and hoping and writing articles on Medium.
The structure of western democracy requires a fair amount of lying. If we really want honest politicians, we have to remove the political parties--and elect politicians on their own merit, not by the party. So when you mentioned that you didn't like partisan politics, I decided to spend a few minutes responding to you.
Please seriously consider Tiered Democratic Governance as an alternative to western democracy.
I'm not going to be around Medium much longer.