The fundamental goal of politics is problem solving. Politics must be looked at as a rational, unemotional three-step process:
(1) identify and weigh our problems; just what are they, what harms and wrongs are involved and how big and important are they
(2) identify common goals, that is, what objectives do we wish to achieve for solving problems that we can mostly agree on;
(3) find solutions. Every problem has a solution, at least one solution, usually several — none of which is perfect but there is always one that’s better than the rest.
What does that process have to do with left or right, liberal or conservative, socialist or capitalist, radical or reactionary. We need to erase those terms from our vocabulary