Now, by this time you guys will know that I don't support any political
party or system or individual. I am too old in the tooth to accept any
such nonsense as hero or heroine worship, and every political, economic
and social system has its merits and demerits, its advantages and
detractions, and even those are fluid and vary through time and
circumstance. Flexibility in politics is the name of the game if one
wants to win an election. And what one does afterwards is to become a
mere prisoner of fate.
What politicians say in public for mass consumption and what they do in
private, are mostly opposite to one another...and the same goes for
policies. Running and managing a country are far different from leading
a country, one is the science of management, the other the art of
politics...and only rarely the twain do meet.
What's all this about "super delegates" and specialist committees in the
Democratic Party? In my journey through studying of the US political
system, I always thought that the selection of the Presidential
candidate was through a mass election at the Convention, based upon who
won the primaries, not a secret appointment or recommendation, from some
grand self selecting committee of the Democratic Party.
Of course, this method is not uncommon in western political parties,
including in the UK. There is always an inner cabal. And the mass media
have their role to play, as well as the lobbying groups and vested and
non-vested interests. The Labour Party changed their leadership
election system a few years back, which is why Jeremy Corbyn won the
leadership, much to the consternation of the old fogies and
establishment figures and intellectual elites in the Labour Party. Not
that I support Jeremy Corbyn. The Conservative Party is not really a
party but an association and has its own weird ways of selecting its
leader. What it doesn't have is a mass election for their leader.
You see, we don't want those political extremists, outsiders and
plebs, the unknowables, the unvetted, the loose cannons getting into
power, be they clever, intellectual or correct in their outlook, do we?
They might make some irrevocable changes, create anarchy, start a
revolution, and, even more likely end up in a fascist rebellion...and
then where would we all be...lost outside of the status quo.
Unpredictability is bad for management and making profits, because risk
becomes difficult to calculate, and corporations might not get the
contracts or the subsidies which they have always been entitled to from
the state and taxpayer in the past.