In the face of a scholastic political science that has been torn by its division into normative and empirical theory, this study argues in favor of public engineering. While engineers apply the advances of science to daily life, the vigilant society sees life as war.
The internal world experiences politics as a screen on which to project our own schizophrenic, magical and persecutory conflicts. The proximity to reality of an engineer, his or her contact with clients and daily problems, along with the scientific training involved in this profession may lead engineers to become mere compassionate technocrats. Yet they may also protect individuals from a delusional view of politics, in which the national screen becomes a place to resolve the internal needs of individuals.