Friday, May 12, 2006

Politics: The Same Everywhere!

"In politics, there are no right answers, only a continuing flow of compromises among groups, resulting in a changing, cloudy and ambiguous series of public decisions where appetite and ambition compete openly with knowledge and wisdom."

Doesn't that sound like a description of politics in Lebanon? But not only in Lebanon! This piece of "wisdom" was told by Former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyoming) at the National Press Club yesterday, describing humorously the current state of politics in the U.S.

Politics is the same everywhere!

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."


JoseyWales said...

Nice quote Doha. Simpson is a smart and witty guy.

But I don't think the results are the same everywhere.

appetite and ambition compete openly with knowledge and wisdom.

But in Leb it's 99%, say, the former while in places like the US it's 15% the former, with radically different effects on ordinary life.

Bashir said...
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Bashir said...

If you remove
"openly with knowledge and wisdom"
from the quote, then it may start to describe our politicians.

Michael J. Totten said...

I don't think it works this way in North Korea just yet. But, yeah, democratic politics is like that.

I think it was Winston Churchill who said democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others.