Serving Their Own Interests

Tremendous amounts of time and effort go into exposing the hypocrisy of particular politicians or political parties. But really, amigos, no one with even a passing familiarity with politics expects consistency from these persons and their umbrella institutions. Looking for a principled stance from them? Lots of luck with that.

In reality, their only principles are power and plunder. They know that the public’s attention span is very short and that hardly anyone learns any history or draws any valid lessons from it. So they are free to act from one moment to the next expediently, in whatever way seems to serve their own interest right now.

Tomorrow they may waffle or flop. All in a day’s work for a politician or political party.

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.

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