Political parties need to compete: it’s essential for good government. And so is a well-informed population: to keep the parties on their toes.
But if the competition is ruthless, it’s like war, and truth is the first casualty.
And so people aren’t told the truth, the population isn’t informed, politicians aren’t held to account, and government deteriorates.
…with fierce and fixed ideas,
appeal to minds more feeble;
and lead them into tears.
Competent, caring, governments are good for people, but incompetent, self-serving governments are bad. And so how do you get – and keep – competent, caring governments in
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In biology, the longer the relationship between parasite and host, the smoother for both; because each has learned to cope with the other.
Perhaps the longer the relationship between the elite of a society and the people, the smoother the mechanisms to make people conform? And the more people’s attitudes support compliance?
Are Western democracies stable because they combine well evolved mechanisms and co-evolved attitudes?
And does introducing democracy into other countries disrupt the co-evolution of their institutions and attitudes?