June 13, 2013
It means being more committed to solving problems and finding common ground than to ideological purity.
I'm pretty liberal, both socially and economically. I'd like to see the government pay less attention to people's personal lives and pay more attention to the economy. I'm in favor of equal rights for all people. I support policies that would increase income mobility and reduce the gap between rich and poor. I believe that we ignore the environment at our peril. Aside from specific issues, I believe that the problems with our government are the result more of systemic flaws than malice or stupidity on the part of people I disagree with. Without systemic change, politicians will continue to serve the needs of the few rather than the needs of the many. My views on this have been shaped by Larry Lessig and Philip Zimbardo.
I've participated in politics both as a volunteer and as a professional, and have gotten a first-hand look at how we are not well-served by our political institutions.