Subjects Keeping Me Awake

06/09/2008

Comparative politics

Filed under: Politics — bjosk @ 21:12
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I once took a course in comparative politics. The experience proved utterly uncomfortable but subject itself is still very close to my heart. Turns out, as any regular viewer of The West Wing will know that when you start treating policy, not as as matter of life and death but as the strange mix of chess and no holds barred fighting that it is, things get very exciting. This interest in the theoretical aspects of politics in combination with my addiction to The Daily Show has resulted in the interesting situation where my insight into the american political situation is at least on par with what I know about the swedish political scene. This might of course seem sort of ridiculous since I only have input and any sort of stake in the second one but I as I mentioned the interesting part is really the game itself. It might also be that fact that the American political spectrum still actually contains things that run the slightest risk of rallying anyone up. If you go on TV in sweden saying things like ‘stop abortion’ or ‘guns for everyone’ or whatever other conservative claim that seems to be completely fair game in the US, you’re not likely to go on swedish television again anytime soon. Now of course there are socialist views being expressed here that will probably get you shot on the spot in about twenty fly-over-states but that party hasn’t been in charge of government, ever, as far as I know.  Obviously I am also one of those many fans of The West Wing but I have an idea of one up. How about a follow up in the form of The Kreml or maybe even a Chinese version although I haven’t really figured out what that would be named. Aparently all the central institutions of a democratic state is in place in China, they just don’t excerpt any power. I suppose it would be a reasonable first objection that making a political drama based on a totalitarian state wouldn’t be very exciting but I am very convinced it would. The idea that you can do whatever you want as the party leader of the ruling chinese communist party seems at best rediculous. Basically the man is in charge of 1,3 billion people who on average becomes 10-12 percent richer every year and if they stop feeling that before they pass the americans, they are going to be pretty upset. Perhaps upset enough to start their own government, one they can truly take pride in.

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