The Great Deliverers

Governments, whether elected or not, begin their work with great ambitions and good intentions. Governing people requires both the adjustment of laws and the supervision and direction of administration. You can only make significant adjustments in laws using principles – or a political philosophy. New governments usually want to change the political philosophy of the old government.

Mr Obama wanted to adopt a more liberal philosophy and so did Mr Blair. Their liberalism is founded in community liberalism, like weak socialism. The opponents of this philosophy want to adopt more individualistic policies. The argument is between caring community liberalism (such as socialism, communism and theocracies) on the one hand and individual freedom (such as conservatism, and democratic movements) on the other hand. One side can call the other uncaring and be answered with the epithet of being against freedom. Those two differing political philosophies seem to me to be the fundamental political arguments that have prevailed since the beginning of recorded time.

A new young government is full of hope and desire. It has held itself out as being capable of changing the present order, of being a great deliverer from the sins and injustices that afflict the lives of people. Their leaders have acquired their position on the basis of a promise of delivering the people from evil.

After years of office the adjustment of laws becomes no longer a matter of principle and the supervision and direction of administration is no longer conducted justly. Although modern leaders, those great deliverers from evil, now have the opportunity, of which they partake, to surfeit, of making a great deal of money from their having simply been leaders, they all end up morally and philosophically, like Samson, and so when their office ends where are they?

“Ask for this great Deliverer now, and find him

Eyeless in Gaza at the Mill with slaves”