13 Aug '16    home | more politics

Institutions and Failed Politicians

Yesterday I saw the pastor-politician Mike Huckabee on Fox News telling Donald Trump that people were fed up because their institutions had failed them. Trump agreed.

They didn't know what they were talking about. We haven't seen Trump supporters talking about "institutions." The institutions that make us different from our ancestors are still here – still contributing to how we as biological creatures develop and interact with each other. Some politicians have not supported good policies, but that is their failing, not the failure of our institutions. To address our failings as individuals requires more specificity, and however much some politicians speak of their focus on individuality they seem to prefer sweeping falsehoods.

Our institutions exist amid change, but the change has been in bits and slowly. We haven't had a genuine revolution like Russia did in 1917. Amendments to the Constitution are an example of changes we have had – an example of institutions working for us rather than having failed.

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