Upon the convergence of three evolving and daunting scandals, and in the teeth of repeated policy failures of unusually repetitive and desultory consistency, let’s make a humble request of Barack. If it must be an unending litany of failure, broken promises and unfulfilled visions—might we not try a different tack?
Why not use the theory of decision making detailed in the novel, The Dice Man, to mix up the experience? In this novel, the purported author and protagonist Luke Rhinehart—a psychologist, decides to upend his boring life by making all decisions by the cast of dice.
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If failure is predetermined by choosing failed policy ideas, does this not take all of the drama and adventure out of government activity? Instead, why don’t we break up the sheer monotony of perpetual failure with an occasional lucky strike of success? If all of the current administration’s decisions are ill-fated and doomed upon arrival, the addition of decisions by lot or chance into the equation can only bring the occasional, or even spectacular result. And certainly this would do much to cheer up the dreary mood in America after 5 years of unmitigated mediocrity.
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