Comments: Representative Democracy

Bravo!

Posted by Persona non grata at February 20, 2009 04:43 PM

IF YOU WANT REPRESENTATION ON YOUR TAXATION, THEN YOU MUST REPRESENT YOURSELF. Its the political realities of the new century. Call Pelosi @1-202-225-0100 SAY NO TO BANK BAILOUTS.

Posted by Mike Meyer at February 20, 2009 05:26 PM

Nah, your angle is too radical, Class War rears its ugly head, and we don't want that.

Rather, let me try: the bankers are gods. You elect priests to please the gods, because if the gods get angry we are all fucked. Thus, by serving the gods, the priests, albeit indirectly, serve all of us too. And the media are here to remind us of that. What's wrong with this, liberal interpretation?

Posted by abb1 at February 20, 2009 05:31 PM

Although I wholeheartedly agree with the diagram and the tone of your post, I think there is an omission in your dilemma. I think there is, at least theoretically speaking, a valid third possibility:

If the proposal were aiding the bankers conditionally on some change in their behaviour or the rules they have to abide by (such that the outcome were supposedly better for the people), then it would be possible to claim that withdrawing the aid due to their refusal to do so is not a punishment to the people nor the initial offer was against the interests of the people.

As I said, this is at least (and very probably not much more than) a logical possibility which breaks your dilemma.

Posted by Federico Stafforini at February 20, 2009 06:51 PM

Tortured simile, or sommat:
pick your cartoonist and his/her style
and
Rupert Murdoch tossing a shoe at Obama with quote:
This is for threatening to nationalize banks!

Your work is inspirational (the intelligent designer didn't give us egalite in thinking, whose error was this?)
Excelsior!

Posted by woodyeofalb at February 20, 2009 08:55 PM

Bernard, why are none of the gallant representatives proposing any new regulations, instead of virtuously scolding the bankers? Because scolding works!

It's good to have you back, even if you seemingly fail to see the wisdom of scolding the powerful and refusing to regulate them.

Posted by Jonathan Versen at February 20, 2009 10:29 PM

A most excellent and cogent analysis. And it does make irrelevant the labels of "liberal" and "conservative" for politicians. Their mock fights are staged to entertain us while our pockets are being picked.

Posted by Fritz at February 21, 2009 05:49 PM