Politicians are like buttons

On the one hand, power is what is suffered, on the other, what is pressed

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A great entrepreneur of a multinational company, recently questioned about the current situation, confided to me with a smile: for us, politicians are like buttons.

There is a large percentage of the population who has a reverential attitude towards politicians. A condition of subjection, very paternalistic, in which it is believed that a politician always acts for the good of the child and that he/she must resolve every issue.

For the international entrepreneurial oligarchy, conversely, a politician is like a button, which has to be pressed to get what it takes.
On the one hand, power is what is suffered while, on the other, it is what is pressed. As if politics were a game in which citizens are the owners but the players are the great interpreters of international finance.

Those who play politics are often driven by a hunger for power, by the idea that they can trigger the levers to improve people’s lives, but the higher they climb in the hierarchy, the more they realize that they are a lever in the hands of others.
This can generate frustration that spills over to citizens in various forms of authoritarianism. In fact, they are preyed upon by such power, because they are in a position of weakness viz-à-viz superior forces, and therefore tend to take revenge against the citizens by suppressing their power.

Just as the solution against abuses of power by the rulers lies in a strong reaction by the citizens, eliminating any oligarchic drift requires turning off the buttons.