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@ K. by 1012 07 10
There’s a rhythm in the democratic politics of the world’s major kleptocracy: throughout any four year- (presidential-term-) period there’s talk about who, which entity, gave how much: “buying” the election. You could live in Myanmar and be familiar with that rhythm, same as if you lived in Brooklyn. There are such headlines today, this hour, at Yahoo.
Reminds me of a story: of my favorite politician: democratic politician: of all time: John Stuart Mill! Yay!
Mill, smart guy, thinker, political thinker, developer of the idea, since, wholly polluted, of liberty: and of liberal. The goal of the independent individual: free to think, learn, survive, or fail: without being told what to do, and when to do it, how to do it, by some priest, some king, some politician. Yay!
Mill’s book(s) sold! Who’d ‘a guessed it?!
So some politicians paid Mill a visit, slobbered all over him, fulsome, subserviant. Asked Mill to run for Parliament.
OK, said Mill.
Awright! Great! said the sycophant puppeteers. Now:
|How much will you contribute to your campaign fund?|
Huh? Mill doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
|Your campaign fund! We’ll raise money to advertise that people should vote for you: how much are you kicking your fund off with?|
Mill was indignant. (Yay!)
He e x p l a i n e d to these bozos:
If people voted for him, and he won, he’d serve; but he certainly wasn’t going to ask anyone to vote for him! And he absolutely wasn’t going to bribe anybody!
Well, the upshot is (happy development, folks), Mill won: in a landslide.
He was so good, in Parliament, that his enemies (unhappy ending) raised huge war chests to defame him, slander him, to manipulate opinion against him: and he failed to win reelection by another enormous margin.
But dig it: for one term, way back when, the world, England, Britain, had a real thinker, an honest man, a smart man, on board its government.
Didn’t last, but why should it? It’s not as though we were interested, intelligently, in survival.