My last blog, The Calico Cat, was probably classified as a Republican leaning blog. But I’ve recently come to the conclusion that the Republican party now exists to primarily serve two constituencies: (1) the wealthiest 1%; and (2) the Christian Right. Since I’m not a member of either group, I don’t see the point of continuing to identify as a Republican.
The Democratic Party, as much as it would like to claim the mantle of representing the average American, usually represents a bizarre web of special interests and political correctness.
I also gave up on being a libertarian. Pure libertarianism just doesn’t work because, when left to themselves, people pursue agendas to benefit themselves at the expense of society. The extremist ideas favored by the Libertarian Party and the people who post over at the Mises Economics Blog ignore human nature and are just too stupid to support.
Then there is the fact that everything Ayn Rand wrote was just plain dumb. (At least her two huge novels were dumb, I never read her other stuff.) One day, maybe I’ll write an essay about why Galt’s Gulch, the society envisioned in Atlas Shrugged could never work. Or why a guy like Howard Roark (the protagonist in The Fountainhead) is doomed to failure in any society with more than two people in it.
Therefore, given the failed philosophies of Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians, I’ve created this blog, Half Sigma, based on the new politics of common sense.
Why Half Sigma? Perhaps you’ve heard of six sigma, a term from manufacturing that’s supposed to represent only 3.4 defects per million. Why not name my new blog six sigma? Besides the obvious problem that the sixsigma.com domain name was already taken, the less obvious issue is that no one is right all the time when it comes to politics or the social sciences.
Half sigma represents 38% of the normal distribution (assuming half a sigma on each side of the median). Being right 38% of the time, while seemingly humble, is actually pretty darn good when each problem has several solutions. Half sigma reminds us that we don’t live in a world where all the questions are true/false, even though our two party system unfortunately leads some to believe that.
When have I been wrong? Well, I was completely convinced that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destructions. I was wrong about that. (Of course, if Collin Powell said that Saddam had WMD, why should I have disbelieved him?)
I also thought that getting a law degree from Arizona State University was a good idea. Boy was I wrong about that!