Part 2 -- Critically Evaluate Public Policy
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established that critical thinking, as a national value and widespread among an
enlightened populace, is necessary to bring about positive change in
People who fail to evaluate their values, attitudes, and actions are unable to learn from experience. Reflection can be painful, but is a necessary component of personal growth and maturity. Institutions are no different.
Errors in the framework of government will tend to be self-perpetuating and self-protecting. Such errors are typically introduced by interests seeking some special advantage. For example, Article IV, section 2 of the Constitution provides that any person "held to service" in one state cannot escape into another state without the destination state being held responsible for returning that person. This was later clarified, perhaps redundantly, by the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. All of these laws served the powerful special interests of slave holders, and it took a bloody civil war to correct the error.
We do not need another civil war, so I suggest that all public policies be systematically and critically examined at their most fundamental level for value, effectiveness, and efficiency. A systematic evaluation of our laws and regulations will require a structure within which the evaluation can be conducted, and the process will certainly take a very long time. The where and the when of this process are beyond the scope of this article, but American law schools might be a logical place to start. As to when, there's no reason not to begin immediately, even though the process may take generations.
understand the magnitude of the revolution I am suggesting, consider the
Constitution of the