Be an idealist more than an egotist
For the next elections in Israel, in roughly half a year, we need the emergence of more goal-based, not constituency-based political parties.
Rabbi Dessler writes that the only (!) goal of all of Judaism is to transform a baby who knows how to ask and receive into a grownup who knows how to give. That is not promoted by voting ‘for ourselves’ only.
One advantage of principled parties is that they are easier to melt into a coalition. We do need a lower threshold for entering the Knesset, though.
For inspiration, here are a couple of options:
- The National Unity Party. Not just for centrists. To bridge gaps, focus on what we agree on, and what unites us.
- The Economic Equality and Justice Party. The difference between poor and rich is much too large for a stable, calm democracy.
- The Party for Global Biological Survival. For humanity, animal welfare, and natural diversity. Human Climate-Change Extinction dangers have not passed yet.
- The Solidarity with Underdogs Party. For people who want to bridge the needs of all majorities and minorities.
- The Multi-Cultural Party. Against racism, elitism, sexism, able-bodyism, ageism, and all other supremacies.
- The National Safety Party. For Jews (against terrorists, genocide), Muslims (against violent local crime), women, children, and LGBTQ (against predators), the poorer (housing, food, health security), etc.
- The Happy Gratified Party. For making all citizens even happier and stressing the concept of gratefulness for what we have.
That should make for a refreshing change in the playing field.
These parties should also hold open workshops to make these ideals stick emotionally and in our personal lives. Having good slogans is not enough.
I know these types of political parties are possible because the Netherlands had/s them: for animals, for the elderly (many students voted them in), for the environment, etc.
Tuesday, go vote. Try to think of the needs of others when you do.
Already now, we may vote for a party that’s more idealistic than just promoting the benefits of a certain part (ours) of the electorate.