"without a grounding philosophy, all government is whack-a-mole".
Discuss (3000 words).
Our government nourishes a self-serving ethos. Does that count as a philosophy?
I have a problem with the quote. Not sure I'd trust governments which stuck to a philosophy
any more than a person with one. Do you distinguish fascism, communism and greenism from one's preferred variety? Rather the government didn't have anything to do with them.
I'd change the quote to read: "all government is whack-a-mole." That really gets down to it!
"Philosophy" is something of an overworked word.
What's the software design philosophy of this order management system?
If by philosophy you mean a Eutopian dogma, then I'd rather governments didn't have them, or pretend to have them.
I take "grounding philosophy" to mean a set of principles which are clear, practical, they are not afraid to explain and defend and include honesty and carrying out their constitutional duty. With reference to these principles they can explain what they mean by "fairness" for example, rather than bandying the term about, knowing that people will assume it means something vaguely good and no one is going to argue for more unfairness, leaving it's actual meaning as whatever they want it to be as occasion demands. The principles are something they more or less live up to, even when it's inconvenient.