Figuring out politics on the fly

I’ve said a couple times recently that I want to try to figure out where I will stand politically after all my thinking about politics, and how I will communicate my thoughts compellingly from that position.

But maybe I don’t need to do quite as much of that work as I think.

I might as well still do as much of it as I can for now, while I have an interest in it and no stakes and some time to devote to it. There’s nothing wrong with trying to do it, and much potential benefit.

But I wonder if what will be most valuable, when my life circumstances allow, will be to get involved in the political process, have one or two palatable (perhaps economic) goals I can talk about intelligently, and then just figure things out on the fly as I am confronted with conversations and situations and have to draw on the learning I’ve done in the past several years.

I won’t have room in my life to get involved to this extent for at least a few years, but that’s okay. I’m in no hurry. I intend to live a long life, and politics is clearly not limited to the youthful, so there are lots of years ahead. I also feel okay about sitting out the next couple years of craziness as the world tries to sort itself out, though of course there’s no guarantee things will be any better later on.

I will certainly try to continue to learn about economics, history, political science, and whatever other fields of study are directly relevant to political work in the meantime, so that time waiting will by no means be time wasted.

But it is nice to think that I don’t need to have everything figured out before I can get involved. I just need to learn as much as I can in the time I have, and then jump in and make the best of it when I can. I like that.

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