Macaulian Political Pathology

 "a single breaker may recede, but the tide is coming in.."

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  The duty of the Politician is to prevent and to cure national problems. Instinct, accident, and experience have taught us that some interventions can be useful in this endeavor, while others make matters worse. The Politician must diagnose the nature of the problem, and after that, define in particular, those interventions which may be effective and efficient remedies.
    It has been a subject of long controversy to determine what law should guide him in this labor. Proposed answers to the question are highly contested. Each vies for its superiority in a heated debate. Which of the answers is superior is unimportant if all are inadequate. In fact, if any was truly superior to a significant degree, it would produce significant results. Yet incontestable and undisputed remedial prescriptions are exceedingly rare. With a material of experience collected during two hundred years since the inception of the first free nation, we still see its leaders despairing of all interventions of government, and others in homogeneous cases taking diametrically opposite ways. After two hundred years of instruction, the Political Profession has not yet acquired so strong a hold that every self-conceited charlatan cannot, for a time at least, figure as a great reformer. We possess two political parties, think tanks, and interest groups, economics, public policy, and what purports to be political science, and still we can hardly agree upon the diagnostic characters of the most important national problems.
    This is not cause for despair, it is in fact a beacon of hope, for the above description of the state of the Political Profession is a translation of a description of the state of the Medical Profession by Jacob Henle in his "Handbook of Rational Pathology." This suggests that we may dare to dream it possible to have political professionals who form diagnoses and remedies as far inferior in pretension to that which are proposed today and as far more effective and efficient as the prescriptions of the modern physician are to the bloodletting and scarification of heroic therapy, the useless diluted placebos of the homeopaths, and the dishonest panaceas of the advertising quacks, which all once purported to be based on various seemingly authoritative systems of disease that fell in the great revolution of medical pathology that gave rise to Modern Medicine. In the next hundred years, single breakers here and there receded, but the tide evidently came in. With the history of this development as our guide the journey may be arduous, but a worthy destination awaits: the realization of the desire for capable political professionals of the caliber free nations long for.