In U.S. News & World Report I take a look at ideas, opportunity, and practicality (Overton Window cameo):
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was buried last weekend, changed how many people think about the Constitution. He did it by vigorously advocating an originalist interpretation method so uncompromising Scalia himself had to deviate from it when it was a poor match for a problem. Just ask Al Gore! Even his conservative colleagues occasionally needled him. Justice Samuel Alito once remarked during oral arguments, “I think what Justice Scalia wants to know is what James Madison thought about video games. Did he enjoy them?” Agree with him or not, Scalia had a big idea.
But when we think about ideas – especially policy ideas – how big is too big? Or at least too big to be useful? When does the ambition of an idea outstrip its utility or when is audaciousness exactly what’s needed to raise our aspirations and bring ideas into practice? How do we know?
There’s more! I can’t answer that question for you, but have an idea about how to think about it. You can read the entire thing here. Tweet me your big ideas @arotherham.