Are they a way to evade the hard questions without the feeling of having come up short?
Or, worse, is the zeal for magic wand change a psychological polarization: on the one hand, the conceit of having solved society’s problems (if only people would accept it), and on the other the comfort zone of the path of least resistance (satisfying being too lazy to deal in detail, too arrogant to give thinking time to the solution’s impact on real people or its path to implementation against extant institutions).
There are (almost certainly) better sociopolitical and economic systems than the ad hoc plutocracy we live in today. Most thinkers share the conviction that the systems running America in 2020 are on a degrading trajectory. Economic and social markers are universally lower in Generation Z than Generation X, whatever the politics of the statistician. But so what?
We can agree there are problems. We can share the conclusion society needs to deal with various key issues else our children’s children are likely to live in a bleak, inhospitable world. Depending on our political and economic and socio-historical education, we’ll have learned many of the standard alternatives to 21st-century neoliberal globalist capitalism. Some will appeal more than others. Armed with our solution to the ills of society, we shift to extemporize mode and tell society (or our corner of it) what we think. If we’re in an echo chamber, the response will be a chorus of agreement, because what we think and what the group thinks will be the same thinking. If we’re on public social media, the response may include pushback from others also in extemporize mode. Thoughts clash. Debate follows.