Watching the debate last nite, I’m not sure that Salome’s third veil didn’t drop for me……
“She understood suddenly, and for no particular reason of which she was aware, that it was futile to work for political solutions to humanity's problems because humanity's problems were not political. Political problems did exist, all right, but they were entirely secondary. The primary problems were solved the political problems would have to be solved over and over and over again. The phrase, "vicious circle" was coined to describe the ephemeral effectiveness of almost all political activity.
For ethical, political activism was seductive because it seemed to offer the possibility that one could improve society, make things better, without going through the personal ordeal of rearranging one’s perceptions and transforming one's self. For the unconscionable, political reactivism was seductive because it seemed to protect one's holdings and legitimize one's greed. But both sides were gazing through a kerchief of illusion.
The monkey wrench in the progressive machinery of primate evolution was the propensity of the primate band to take its political leaders - it s dominant males = too seriously. Of benefit tot he band only when it was actively threatened by predators, the dominant male (or political boss) was almost wholly self-serving and was naturally dedicated not to liberation but to control. Behind his chest-banging and fang display, he was largely a joke and could be kept in his place (his place being that of a necessary evil) by disrespect and laughter. If, for example, when Hitler stood up to rant in the beer halls of Munich, the good drinkers had taken him more lightly, had they , instead of buying his act, snickered and hooted and pelted him with sausage skins, the Holocaust might have been avoided.
Of course, as long as there were willing followers, there would be exploitive leaders. And there would be willing followers until humanity reached that philosophical plateau where it recognized that its great mission in life had nothing to do with any struggle between classes, races, nations, or ideologies, but was, rather, a personal quest to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. On that quest, politics was simply a road block of stentorian baboons.” SLAA