I've made jokes about how I'm running for President on the platform of making poverty illegal – there wouldn't be any more poor people, because it would be against the law. You'd be in big trouble, being poor, so you better stop.

It's not, ya know, ha-ha funny. But it's shockingly close to a lot of actual policies in the real world and plenty more that are being proposed. This is important satire here. I live in a pretty liberal part of America which turns out to be demolishing homeless encampments because they're... unhygienic? Because living in a dumpster (to avoid being arrested for living on the street) is so much more sanitary? But the idea that you help disadvantaged people by penning them in... it's shockingly common, even in places that nominally care about government programs for disadvantaged people the most.

But no, that's all just my strange sense of humor. If I wanted one thing in the modern political culture, it would be a group dedicated to the cultivation of wisdom. We don't have all the answers – of course – because part of wisdom is knowing there are things you don't understand. And I'd prefer a timescale for decision-making that's appropriately wide. I don't really follow week-to-week news here on this blog – I think that's a reasonable baseline. And I'd want caution and context to dominate, with proposals of solutions being taken as the deeply dangerous backfire-factories they are. Approach power with extreme caution, because frequently, it will take you into its thrall instead of vice-versa.

I have no idea if this would translate into ever e.g. recommending candidates. That really isn't the type of change I'd want to make – I don't want certain people to win and certain others to lose. I want everyone involved in making decisions for others to have a bit more wisdom, take a bit more care, pander less to demands people might make of them, and try to do the right thing even when it's unpopular or difficult.

As a side note: partisanship makes many, many hot-button issues easy. Even if half the country hates you, the other half won't. I see a lot of cowardice on the other side of the coin: speaking out when almost no one agrees with you.

I'll take more time to imagine precisely what an institution with this as a goal might do – it's different than our individual pursuit of wisdom – and maybe provide some links if I get more specifics.