Why politicians got so bad reputation?

…from the quill of Antisthenes


Discussion between a leftist university lecturer and a MI6 operative:


You’ll just have to take our word for it.”

Your Service’s word?”

For the time being, yes.’

On the strength of what? Aren’t you supposed to be the gentlemen who lie for the good of their country?”

That’s diplomats. We’re not gentlemen.”

So you lie to save your hides.”

That’s politicians. Different game entirely.”

John le Carré – Our Kind of Traitor, 2010


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Why politicians got so bad reputation?

  1. Tarina Vox says:

    Albanese, Abbott, Gillard, Thomson, Turnbull – any difference there?

  2. Guilhermie says:

    Why does cancer?

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