There's a really interesting (if slightly over my head) discussion going on at Feministe, where one of the guest bloggers, Kristen, asked readers what their ideal "just world" would look like. Or, put in the way I was thinking about it - if all of the system changes we social justice activists try to create could come to pass, what would the world look like?
I was thinking about this question a few months ago when I went to Netroots Nation. Obviously, a convention full of liberals isn't going to give the best perspective on conservative policies, but I was learning about topics I didn't know very much about and trying very hard to see all sides, and I found myself running up against the wall that I just couldn't understand how Republicans wanted the world to look. I can listen to your average list of progressive policies and imagine a future where they're perfectly implemented - where there's universal health care, for instance, or policies ensuring equal pay for equal work, or better public transportation. I can't hear policies arguing for further privatizing health care, for cutting all sorts of social services, or for getting rid of protections like the minimum wage and imagine how that would play out. And maybe your average Republican has the opposite problem, I don't know.
But I think it's an important question when you're thinking about politics - what do you want the world to look like? If all of your political dreams came true (or if you could tear the whole thing down and start over), what would your priorities be? I feel like if that vision were more clearly articulated - by politicians and by voters alike - maybe it'd be a more interesting discussion than all the crazy shit Rick Perry says.