Politics Explained

Every now and then I find a blog entry that offers amazingly broad and sound insights. This one by Russ Roberts fills the bill. He makes three points that explain just about everything you need to know about politics:

  1. There are no solutions, only trade-offs.
  2. The essence of political action is a compromise over who wins and who loses.
  3. The essence of politics is pretending that such actions benefit everyone.

It seems to me that people often forget #1, have a foregone conclusion about #2, and are constantly being hoodwinked by #3. It would be great if more analysis existed that described trade-offs rather than advocating positions.


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