my theories are practiced in parts of italy. they have 30,000 examples of them. germany has codetermination on corporate boards.There are social movements, then there's the nuts and bolts of running a country. It absolutely matters what policies a country's administration implements. Our government in the last two years has proven that you can't spend your way to prosperity as well as has proven that if an economy is driven by lower energy costs you can't seek to raise those costs without negatively impacting everyone. What you do is theorize about what ought to be but refuse to accept the reality. Blame it on corruption rather than admit your theories are impractical in the real world. Our government is mostly intact after the midterm election because too many voters refuse to accept that hard truth. They'd rather let the current government keep trying to get it right rather than face the harsh reality of fixing what's been broken. And there's no way to completely tell about honesty in Washington. Just observe the laws they create, the policies they implement, and judge accordingly.
NATO expanded. russia got pissed and invaded. now energy prices are up. plus almost nuclear war. so much for security.
social movements affect policy. politicians are either persuaded by money or by movements.