Two essential laws of politics
November 7, 2011
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I tend to be naive about politics. Or should we say I am politically naive.
Sometimes it is a studied posture of someone who actually knows how things work, but pretends not to know. Sometimes I am literally that naive and that simple when it comes to politics. And then sometimes I tend to treat the political world in terms of what I want it to be, instead of in terms of what it really is. If I could just give up the naive assumptions and play the game smartly.
But then I ask myself if it is not an act of virtue to assume that things really work the way they are supposed to work? Is it not the best to force people to do what is right by constantly expressing to them that expectation?
But that said, here are two essential laws of politics that I have learned. I understand them, even if I cannot obey them. I simply do not have that sort of a poker face.
One should show one’s loyalty to one’s boss no matter how much of an idiot one appears to be to those around one for doing so.
It is better to be thought of as an idiot politician than to admit that one is forced to take action because of pressures from others.