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The Charade of Politics

Daily the hypocrisy of politicians is evident as they, who less than a year ago were highly critical of each other,  agree with policies they once claimed were beyond the pale.  Herbert Spencer understood the charade of politics when he wrote the following in 1884:

"While before them as candidates, they are, by one or other party, jeered at, lampooned, 'heckled,' and in all ways treated with utter disrespect.  But as soon as they assemble at Westminster, those against whom taunts and invectives, charges of incompetence and folly, had been showered from press and platform, excite unlimited faith.  Judging from the prayers made to them, there is nothing which their wisdom and their power cannot compass."*

* Herbert Spencer, The Man versus the State, with Six Essays on Government, Society and Freedom, ed. Eric Mack, Introduction by Albert Jay Nock (Indianapolis: LibertyClassics, 1981), p. 96.



While an earlier political philosopher had this to say:

In general, men are ungrateful and fickle, dissemblers, avoiders of danger and greedy of gain.
Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine dramatist, political analyst and adviser (1469-1527)
 

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