Three sentences

by Volker Weber

Scott Hanson quotes Dilbert creator Scott Adams and says "(he) summed my university education in economics and politics in just 3 sentences":

I still favor the traditional system where rich people run the country and convince the morons who live here that the voters are really the ones in charge. It’s not a perfect system, but no one has come up with a better one. And it’s fair in the sense that anyone could become rich and abuse the poor.

There is some room for debate.


Well, maybe that's really the case in the United States. In Germany the Chancellors were rarely from rich families. Indeed the family of former German Chancellor Schröder was quite poor and the family of Mrs Merkel was as well not the rich and mighty one in the former Eastern Germany.

Martin Hiegl, 2006-03-17

Martin, are you trying to convince us that Germany is run by politicians?

Stefan Rubner, 2006-03-17

On the contrary: Aren't poor politicians even easier to control (with money)?

Ralph Unden, 2006-03-17

Not necessarily, Ralph - poor politicians could be more idealistic. Why else should they make such a job with so little salary? Poor people have no other chance to change something as becoming a politician.
It's never good for a country being lead by people which don't know what it is like, with little money. People, that could have everything and therefor only aim for more power.

Stefan, indeed. I know of the power of the lobbies, but I think in Germany itself they have not that much power compared to other countries or even the EU.

Martin Hiegl, 2006-03-17

Martin, Germany never had a culture of lobbyism. However, as the rich and powerful seek influence on politics anywhere in the world, my take is that there are mechanics in place to let them have influence in German politics, too. It's just that these are a lot more subtle than open lobbying.

Stefan Rubner, 2006-03-17

No culture of lobbyism? I don't think so.

Hanno Müller, 2006-03-17

LOL - stark reality- That's pretty much the bottom line, though.

Tom Nichols, 2006-03-17

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