I really liked this piece. It's the combination of policy that matters. That rings true to me. What also rings true is all political orientations have the potential for meaningful and productive policy contributions. We used to be better at this. Now it's a mess and we all know it. What we don't always understand is WHY.
I also liked how group analysis leads to identification of potential anti-poverty policy vectors. (directions one could go to accomplish some outcome)
The most resonant point to me is data. Lack of data. Means to get better data. Understanding the data.
Our gun discussion is largely data bankrupt, for example. I don't mean just here. The discussion in general. It's just a mess! Frankly, I do not blame the more staunch gun advocates who fear regulation that won't be productive and meaningful. However, I also do blame them for a general failure to push for more data.
Want to understand how to improve the situation? Understand how hard getting data really is.
Maybe we should invest some of our smarts, time, money, resources on simple, rational, data collection. Doing this is on par with things like roads, infrastructure, research, and other aspects of the commons we all use to build lives, businesses, etc... Our data commons is not up to the task. And so it follows our politics are a mess of conflicting visions, values, beliefs and every other thing.
Why? No fucking data! Or, inadequate or poor data. Too coarse.
We really should focus on how to get and share more data, so then we can do some analysis and derive some rational basis for policy visions and their potential impact.
After reading this, it occurs to me we have somewhat of an anti-data culture clashing with a data driven one. In general, those people trending older derive the basis for their policy vision preferences on their own experiences and observations. To them, that's data. And it is data, so let's be clear. But it's not inclusive data, to also be clear.
Younger people, being more connected and immersed in technology, see the data gap and are attempting to close it. Data driven policy has a lot of merits. One primary merit is the data analysis debate is far more productive than some "values" debate, which really is a proxy to gloss over the fact that we quite frequently do not have enough data to do anything more than discuss values.
Let's change that.