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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

To be political or apolitical?

As a libertarian, I'm very suspicious of politics, politicians and the whole political process. I like to describe myself as apolitical. But politics does serve functions for which substitutes must be found (perhaps by market forces?) in order for everyone to be apolitical.

From Samuel Huntington's Political Order in Changing Societies (p. 91):

States with no parties or many weak parties are the least stable. . . The function of the party is to organize participation, to aggregate interests, to serve as the link between social forces and the government. In performing these functions, the party necessarily reflects the logic of politics, not the logic of efficiency.


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