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« Policy Break -- Continuum, Redux | Main | Amazon Humorist »

September 06, 2002

Policy Break -- Continuum, Reredux

Friedrich --

In our different ways we're both nibbling around the edges of an irksome question.

Setup: Given that politics, like any other field, wants to expand; given that any individual or party that succeeds in the field will tend strongly to be one that is seen by the field to be promoting the field's own interests; given that, let's face it, anyone who goes into politics is likely to be driven by a taste for power (and whose attitude towards power, whatever the surface rationale, is generally "More!")...

How then can those of us whose preference is to see the political realm minimized and the political grasp frustrated ever expect that anyone in politics (any individual, any party) should ever represent our side? In working for our best interest, he'd be working against his own.

A subset of this question: how to explain that a few people over the years (G. Washington, for instance) seem to have done more or less that? (Ie., worked in the best interest of the larger organism, not his own particular component thereof.)

Can political progress, if by progress you mean a freeing-up of individuals from the reach of politics, ever occur from within the political realm itself? I haven't the foggiest, myself. But I'd hate to have to depend on altruism and/or luck.

All of which explains my general voting strategy: vote for whoever seems likely to do the least damage.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at September 6, 2002




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