Third, they really don’t care. All they care about is being in office. And whilst opinion polls suggest it’s likely they’ll be re-elected they’ll carry on not caring that people might die. Call it ‘the Generals at the Somme’ attitude, if you like, because that is what it is.

Yes, true, but this is the problem with the Curajus State, is it not?

The game of politics is to get elected. Thus politics attracts those who wish to be elected. Things that are run by politics become things run by those whose only aim is to get, and stay, elected.

The reason things are run better when they’re not run by politics is that things that aren’t run by politics are run by those with other motivations and incentives than merely remaining elected.

Which is where Kartoffel goes so wrong. This is not specific to one flavour of, one colour, politicians. It’s innate in the very allocation of responsibility. His Curajus State, where politics determines more of life, would just have this problem spread over more areas of life.

8 thoughts on “And?”

  1. It’s almost as if he believes that nobody ever dies or that mortality rates in the Corajus states we have known – USSR, China, Cambodia, Venezuela – were lower than elsewhere

  2. “The game of politics is to get elected. Thus politics attracts those who wish to be elected. Things that are run by politics become things run by those whose only aim is to get, and stay, elected. ”

    Wrong Tim. The game now is to cheat and to run tyranny while pretending that you aren’t.

  3. “Which is where Kartoffel goes so wrong. This is not specific to one flavour of, one colour, politicians. It’s innate in the very allocation of responsibility. His Curajus State, where politics determines more of life, would just have this problem spread over more areas of life.”

    You’re forgetting that the Left have decided they are morally superior human beings now. They view the Right similarly to the way the Nazis viewed the Slavs, sub humans worth only to work to death, if not immediate death. So by very definition (theirs of course) anything a Leftist government does (regardless of outcome) has been done for the ‘right’ reasons and thus is morally correct. Anything a Rightist government does regardless of outcome is tainted by their moral defectiveness.

    There is no way out of this conundrum short of a civil war.

  4. I doubt there would be many elections in Ritchie’s Courageous State. He advocates the kind of democracy previously seen in the German Democratic Republic.

  5. It never occurs to this type that the solution may be to make “being in office” less lucrative. Reduce the obvious personal financial benefits and take away most of the state authority over citizens. Next problem?

  6. That sounds good in theory Mr. Barks. The problem is that the people that get to make that decision are the people who will lose out by making it. So, if it’s all the same to you, we’ll keep things as they are thank you. What, it’s not all the same to you? Well we don’t really care to be honest.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    And now he’s a military historian and strategist.

    My bet he’s never picked up a book on WW1 and tried to understand the context of the Somme.

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