We likes this we do

There are two types of human beings: people who want to interfere in the way other people live their lives, and people who are content to mind their own business. Which type of people do you think go in to politics?

7 comments on “We likes this we do

  1. “Politics attracts, with a kind of socio-supermagnetism, people with unusually bloated egos and excessively high opinions of themselves – high opinions that assure them (falsely, to be sure) that they are not only competent but also entitled to lord it over lesser folk.”

    Or Liberal Democrats, as they are known.

  2. The problem with politics is it is peopled by those who enjoy meetings. The rest of us just get bored and fall asleep.

    Point of order madam chair…zzzzzzzzz

  3. I thought there were 10 types of people in the world; those that understand binary and those that don’t. Only a small thought however.

  4. Ummm, I’ve gotten into politics because I want to stop the Government interfering in people’s lives. I want to interfere with the interference. Which side does that put me ?

  5. Don Boudreaux is talking about MODERN Americans.
    My antiquity is revealed by my neanderthal brow but I can remember when local government was the province of unpaid volunteers who were generally drafted in by their neighbours and/or acquaintances on the grounds that they wanted to help and would manage things better (for their neighbourhood) than the alternative. One effect of “unpaid” was that volunteers used to be heavily weighted to pensioners, housewives and, one side, trade union officials and, on the other, self-employed businessmen who could to some extent arrange working hours around other commitments or afford to take time off. Locally we were lucky that ICI allowed staff time off with pay for council work whether or not they belonged to a political party which brought in a chunk of genuine manual workers (a few guys managed to take part while losing wages, but not many) and some middle-class executives into the mix.
    What I remember is people getting involved in politics not because they wanted to tell other people how to live but because they wanted to give them choices – the opportunity to live in a decent house, decent schools, to go to a library, to have clean streets, to cultivate an allotment (yes, allotments was a statutory committee of the council), to be able to get on a bus to go anywhere in the town if you weren’t rich enough to own a car or physically strong enough to cycle everywhere.
    I have striven to avoid managing people ever since I discovered what commercial organisations think that it requires, but if I had stayed in my home town I should have certainly have got involved in local politics.

  6. Well indeed, it is a major problem with politics. This is one of the reasons I’ve been arguing for some time that it would improve things if we introduced an element of sortition into the process; in particuar,n that the second chamber should be appointed by random selection; the Hosue Of Lords should become the House Of Lottery.

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