On the surface, the notion of ideological purity carries a certain cache; it is, “those people” would say, the reason that conservatives have so successfully pushed the political standards of we the people so far to the right (whether the actual standards have followed suit is a matter of debate.) But what of reality?
ut what is sustainability really? Is it a part of some communist conspiracy, is it a bad idea by well-meaning but naive environmentalists, or is it the future of good business? For years, U.S. business theory has been grounded in the teaching that earning profit is the number one moral responsibility of any business. The notion has been part and parcel of business school teaching for decades, and is ingrained in the mindsets of most of today’s top managers. Increasing shareholder value is the mantra that is still preached in schools and lower level management meetings across America. At first blush, it would appear that changing that mindset is an impossible task; but there is a common ground emerging.
I have been asked what my political belief is (R, D, I, Liberal, Libertarian etc) and either been criticized or praised depending on the audience since the ’08 campaign started. Until a few years ago you could have asked me what my political beliefs were and I would have proudly stated “I am a Republican!” A few years ago I would have answered “conservative”, within the last year “libertarian” and most recently “libertarian-conservative”. The more divided that the country has become the more I have spent time studying the differences between all of the different “labels” in a failed effort to more clearly define myself. What I have found is that my current belief structure falls into so many different categories that I couldn’t really pick one that fit.
Israel represents the defining foreign policy challenge of our time. The recent confrontation in the Mediterranean highlights the complexity of the issue.