On the nature of politics

On the nature of politics
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First Published: Mon, Feb 05 2007. 11 51 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Feb 05 2007. 11 51 PM IST
Some people describe my view of politics as “cynical”, but I describe my view of politics as realistic. (As I wrote) in my column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “I doubt that most politicians who promise to solve (real and imaginary) problems by passing statutes truly believe their own rhetoric. They might not disbelieve what they say, but I’m convinced that politicians ...don’t ponder the complexities of reality deeply enough to convince themselves of the truth of what they proclaim... They say what they say and chiefly as a means of ascending to power. As voters stand ready to blame their own misfortunes on the evil doings of “the rich”, or “the corporate elite”, unprincipled power-seekers are eager to ride this ignorance into office.
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