I truly believe that the conservatives, the Libertarians, and the neoliberals are all based poorly in terms of how they look at the world and, thus, are rendered inferior at governing relative to governing practices and techniques based in evidence. This is not to say that evidence-based policy making is always going to be correct in its conclusions. There is a lot of data that needs to be collected and sorted through in order to infer accurate understandings of how things work on the social, economic, and environmental levels. However, what makes evidence-based policy superior to anything the ideologues can come up with is its willingness to admit mistakes, reverse direction, and change course to do something that is actually healthier and more appropriate for the society in question. Mistakes are going to be made, like the ideologues. The difference is that the mistakes of evidence-based governing are considered learning opportunities and not failures or things to be ignored in favor of pure belief and faith. Initially, evidence-based governing may be no different than ideologically based governing, in terms of its statistical success rate. However, with time and data, things can be improved and will be improved if the people leading the governing actually do a good job at it. Evidence-based governing is an insanely difficult process, as one has to correctly define the data that is needed, gather it in appropriate and effective manners, and interpret the results honestly and accurately. However, I don’t know of a better way of doing governing, in spite of the difficulty and problems that it always will have. I won’t sell you all short about it, but, it’s probably going to be in the long term better than ideologically based systems and logics of governing. If only humans had the ability or the sense to implement this system and logic of governing in actual halls of power.
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