Friday, October 17, 2014

Breaking Stupid

Robust political institutions protect constituents from venal, stupid, craven, or amoral elites. Constitutional constraints on the limits of political authority achieve this, as long as the constraints bind effectively. When loosening these shackles for transient gains, I urge you to remember that constitutional constraints exist to guard against mayhem wrought by men like these.

Political speech is more akin to the kayfabe of professional wrestling than to anything else I can imagine. When politicians break kayfabe, as in this instance, the corruption that suffuses the entire system is laid bare.

Politics is exchange, but it is almost never euvoluntary exchange. Use precautions.

h/t Double D

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Do you have suggestions on where we could find more examples of this phenomenon?