Sunday, September 13, 2015

IIWK: Political Utopia

I mentioned in the comments of a previous post, "Domestic Terrorism," my views on our (read:USA's) government.

In high school, I was introduced to Thomas More's Utopia, and one part has really stuck with me: (paraphrased) Anyone who wants to hold a government office is automatically disqualified.

Throughout school and work, I've had times when I've been forced to work in groups. Sometimes, there's someone who steps up and takes control, and I just sit by and let it happen. Sometimes, nobody steps into that role; when that happens, the group flounders for a while, getting nothing done. I let that go on for a short while, then step up into the power void.

I don't like leading. I don't want to lead. But I damn well do a good job of it.

It seems to me that most of the people (not all, though I'd be hard-pressed to tell you who's who) who run for government offices are just concerned with playing the system. They gain power and then to everything in their power to keep it and get more.

I do believe that some people who are involved in government are actually victims of the system, trying to do what needs to be done, what ought to be done, what should be done for the good of the people... but not all of them.

There are things in this IIWK series which are inherently doable, provided the ruling body (namely, me, since it is called "if I were king"), but as for this item, I don't know how you'd regulate this, and it does have the potential to backfire. Not everybody is like me, not everybody will responsibly fill the position that they don't want; some people will step up in a position they don't want and take advantage of the position for their own short-sighted goals.

I hesitate to say their "selfish" goals, given my views on selfishness: the most selfish thing they could do is make the world a better place for they and theirs, not through taking advantage of the system, but through improving it.

For me, this is very much a local issue. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, the most (depending on who you ask) politically corrupt city in the nation. From what I know about what goes in in Washington DC, that's really saying something.

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