True Nature of the Politician

Writes Free Your Kids:

Whether you favor a large or limited government (or a stateless society, as we would prefer), always remember the true nature of the politician. These men and women who rule us have no special attributes. They possess no special wisdom, no higher morality. They are dishonorable, power-hungry, and dishonest. They fatten themselves on the labor of the people. They enjoy a lavish lifestyle at our expense. They will sacrifice any principle they hold for a sizable campaign contribution. They will follow the will of their constituents only so far as their re-election depends on it.

They are adept liars. They believe themselves wiser, smarter, and more able than the rest of us. They do not care about you at all. Not even a little. Not a speck or a smidge. They want your obedience, your compliance, your sublimation. They want your reverence. They want you to pucker-up and kiss their bloated asses. Above all, they want you to keep quiet, hand over your money, and continue to support their rigged game.

They seek power because that is what sociopaths do. They in their fine clothes with their fancy words and their fabulous lifestyles will do anything to retain their prestige. It’s not about helping people. It’s never been about that. It’s about their own egos, their own aspirations, and their own enrichment. Never forget it.

Or as H. L. Mencken put it:

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.

Words of wisdom. Never trust anyone who earns his living by plundering others.


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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.