A rant from facebook. reposted because I really really mean it and I have a few friends who live here and not there.|
This doesn't mean I'm EXTRA SPECIAL PROUD OF MY RANT, and to be honest, it means I'll probably get more replies I don't want to deal with, but I'm trying to live here a bit as well as there. So, you know.
It's on the idea that paying politicians a nice fat percentage bump more is better somehow.
Why does running a country require/entail 'better' minds (not 'business minds', minds) than running a company?
In my experience of management, companies, etc, I have very much come the brick wall of what the human brain is capable of.
There is certainly not some easily defined BETTER MANAGER or BETTER CEO that can be applied to any situation.
In a good fit, they are in tune with their charge and how to further the prospects of the organisation they are the helm of.
In many situations, they play an occasionally interactive / interrupting role in an organisation the scale and breadth of which they cannot comprehend and indeed do not try to. In fact, they zoom out and see it as a black box with inputs and outputs that bear no relation to the general running and are as a result often worse than useless in their attempts to modify the organisation's behaviour.
I find it hard to believe that somebody with the BEST of intentions could make changes to the country's running by actual choices - it's like finance, it's gambling (by people without the wherewithal or indeed inclination to understand the outcome) and the only way to win is to be the house (paid for being in charge while it explodes).
There are politicians from the real world, rooted in the real world, who fight long and hard and represent some of the people they claim to represent.
They are a minority.
For most in the system, it is a game, played by people to whom it doesn't matter how much you pay them or don't. They will take as much as they want, regardless. From expenses, from backhanders, from undisclosed interests, from speaking tours, everything and anything: this is their gravy-train and it is the ONLY thing that is important to them.
You can't pay them enough to keep them honest. Because they will always have the option of earning more by being dishonest. And dishonesty at that level doesn't mean what it means to people of the lower classes. Book fiddling isn't, in the eyes of the perpetrator, the same as simply taking a few K of somebody's money. Though it's the actual same. Crime changes both in psychology and punishment as the stakes get higher.
I don't believe there is a rate at which we could pay the current political class that would make them more representative of the needs of their constituents.
And I believe the arguments to that effect are naive.
And no, I don't have a solution, nor am I due you one. It is valid and worthy to tear it down.
A mathematician doesn't have to provide a replacement theory to one he disproves.
I don't have to posit a replacement for god or the orbiting teapot to be valid in showing that those things aren't real and their bullshit is harmful.
It's enough to analyse and say THIS IS NOT RIGHT.
And yes, I'll bloody well work on my ideas of a solution in the mean time.
We all should.