Annabel Park on Getting Away from Simplistic, Binary Political Choices


    Good government is about problem solving, and often you have to think out of the box…right now we have the smallest box…we have two options…you can’t simplify it like that without sacrificing a lot of substance…

    …The frameworks that are presented to us in our current political discourse, they’re extremely limiting.  And I think immigration is a good example of that. It’s like, are you for or against illegal immigration?  It’s just not that simple.  Because, like, who’s for illegal immigration? Noone’s for it! Even the people who are here illegally, they don’t want to be “illegal.” But, you know, we’re dealing with a very broken system….

    It’s very complicated. But the way people want to present it is, you’re either for or against. And you’re like…how do I even answer that?  But people benefit from that framework. And then they pass very extreme policies, saying ok, we’re all against illegal immigration, so then these people have no rights…

    Well said, Annabel, go git’m!

    • Teddy Goodson

      with which Annabel Park frames her discussion of today’s problems is, in my opinion, found throughout modern, especially Western society: right, wrong; black, white; Democrat, Republican; love, hate; male, female; god, devil; good, bad. It is reinforced in a way by how computers essentially work in binary: on, off.

      Whether this tendency is an iron-clad assumption rooted in language, or simply the way the human mind works, it has a strangle-hold on how we try to solve problems, and it limits our choices. Whatever happened to shades of grey, and what Alfred North Whitehead referred to as the state of “becoming” (rather than simply being or non-being)? Because we limit our choices we have no way easily to frame more choices than on-off, and some people insist that anyone who disagrees with them must be not just different but wholly, awfully wrong (i.e., a devil).

      Annabel is definitely on to something here, but when we get to the nitty gritty she will find it a very hard sell. Good luck, Annabel!