Idealism, democracy, and politics
Anyhow, after a couple of hours, having seen the delegates nicely tucked away inside, we lefty pinko bastards went and had coffee and a chat.
I made a comment that idealism can lead to extremism if not tempered by pragmatism (or some such comment).
Well... you could have heard a pin drop!
They looked at me like I was a blathering fool, or worse, an ASIO plant.
I've seen those looks before, when I was a member of the Greens. It seems that people drawn to ideologically driven political parties are not practicing philosophical free thinkers but blind regurgitators of ideological "Absolute Truths", and heaven help anyone who utters blasphemies which might question or challenge these.
True believers... It seems thinking and true belief are mutually exclusive cerebral activities.
So there you are, a minor political party, staunchly idealistic, with the balance of power in a hung parliament. The two major parties (one of which is trying desperately to govern) don't share your ideals, but hey, we live in a democracy. Majority rules.
What do you do? Do you negotiate compromises which will see at least some of your ideals (maybe even watered down) embedded in legislation, or do you stick blindly to the purest form of your ideals, knowing, as you do, that you, the select few, are in touch with the Absolute Moral Truth, and thereby cause the governing party to do deals with "the opposition" in order to get their legislation up? Remember, in a democracy, majority rules, ok?
What do you do? You sing this song >>>