Everything old is new again
Or rather, it should be. But then, that would mean the kind of puristy baggage that simply doesn’t sell in this changing electoral landscape. Wherein we must adapt, finesse, massage, and adjust our principles to meet the new reality if we ever wish to regain power. And we do, power being the ultimate goal. Liberty, individual autonomy, a free market capitalist system built on a stable rule of law and equality of opportunity: all nice, don’t get me wrong. Very pleasing to think about in theory. But really secondary to winning. To power. And so negotiable to that end.
Still, it’s often useful to look at how quaint people were back when they thought politics was about something other than getting elected. As if such a tack could ever work today. So here, enjoy.