"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Chief Justice Roberts: Politically Partisan U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Battles are Short-Term Thinking contrary to the Actual Long-Term Judicial Realities

Speaking of short-term vs. long-term thinking, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts recently made some cogent comments reported at the ABA Journal by Debra Cassens Weiss in her article Chief justice says partisan confirmation battles create 'real danger' for Supreme Court.

Roberts addresses the problem of short-term thinking applied to the Supreme Court, when long-term Court execution of responsibilities is a judicial reality in which knock-down, drag-out partisanship has little place.

Weiss writes: "Roberts said the justices serve together for a long time, and they have to get along. “Knock-down, drag-out fights” over a big case would interfere with the relationship, he said. “It’s kind of like a marriage, right?” he said. “You hope it goes on for a long time and can’t sort of have every fight be a huge fight.”"[emphasis added by LawPundit]

Futurist Ari Wallach at TED.com on Decision-Making and Long-Term Planning Tactics in Business and Society

Decision-making and tactics for long-term planning are discussed by futurist Ari Wallach at TED.com in Ari Wallach: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term.

Rather than thinking just short-term, Ari identifies three long-term "tactics" we might consider following to get better results than we have been getting:
  • 1) transgenerational thinking (looking at things in terms of lifespans)
  • 2) futures thinking (Ari says "we've abdicated the future from the high priests in Rome to the high priests of Silicon Valley"), and
  • 3) telos thinking (stopping to think about "to what end" is it all?).