For people who read widely and voraciously on financial and economic matters there is often, but not always, a degree of realisation and awareness that politics and governance do matter very much when we look at the economic health and direction of the country.
The connection between politics and the economy of the country is in the form of revenues collected by the government in the form of income tax, sales tax, duties, excises, assessment and quit rent. The citizens and residents pay to finance the machinery of government.
The expectation of the citizens and residents is that the government will provide protection, public order and look into ways and means to maintain the welfare of its citizens and residents.
This is the simplified view of things.
When we add realpolitik and all the political skills of obfuscation and skullduggery into the mix the citizens (here, we leave out the residents because they have no voting power) sometimes get confused.
The confusion comes when the citizens cannot decide how they should think.
Should a citizen think as a member of the country and society as a whole?
Should he or she think for just the immediate family?
Should the citizen think as a follower of his or her own religion?
Should the citizen think in terms of his or her own race?
There are so many possible scenarios depending on each citizen.
But, of all the different political skills of obfuscation and skullduggery, the greatest evil, in my opinion is where a political group emphasises and screams to differentiate citizens based on race.
Xenophobia is driven by base emotions. It is powered irrational fear; "You are different, therefore, you are to be feared."
This allows a political group to win arguments and support without any effort in thought, articulation or research.
Just whip up a mob and the tsunami of fear turns into rabid violence - job done.
With this tactic (I will not dignify this approach by calling it a strategy), the political group gets away with financial abuse, embezzlement, incompetence and all sorts of abuse of power.
James Bryce wrote about the indolence of citizens. Nobody wants to think. It hurts the head.
Nobody wants to study hard. It hurts the head.
In any case, the system adjusts the academic scores so that as many students as possible gets a pass and, even distinctions.
The only problem with this tactic is that the fools among the citizens who support this political group will get nothing meaningful, be it financial benefit or intellectual skill.
It is George Orwell's porcine metaphor and allegory run riot. And, if you have a sense of humour, you will realise that even the preceding sentence may not go down well with citizens who profess certain religious leanings...that is if they even read this blog and, ....if they even understand the language that this is written in, and...if they get the nuance.