The American Constitution and capitalism are successful because they change the path.
The French Revolution and communism/socialism/collectivism fail because they try to change the people.
Changing the path and changing the people are defining characteristic traits of the Constrained and Unconstrained visions, which is to say of conservatism and leftism.
It causes no end of frustration in me that seemingly 99.99% of analysis and debate surrounding social issues ignores or is unaware of these basic differences, and amounts to little more than riders vs riders throwing rationalizations of their respective defining traits back and forth at each other.
Even the focus on evidence and reason, while laudable on its face, ignores the fact that evidence and reason are always employed in service to one of the two defining traits.
It’s a textbook example of fish unaware of water.
It affects even voting. Rider-based rationalizations of each side aside, a vote for the right is a vote for the approach of changing the path, and a vote for the left is a vote for changing the people.
The rest is noise.