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Figurehead Politicians And Democracy

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The politicians of the American Revolution saw the European leadership class as figureheads, people who did not earn their positions in society, but kept them through reimbursed advisors, who did the real work while their patrons engaged in public relations stunts. Symbolic morality has driven out practical morality in certain ways and that include affirmative action, law as blackmail, education, make-work instead of helping the poor and business morality as public relations. Social order nowadays mostly comes through the desires of elites to maintain control, desires which at least in the short run tend to be more effective than the desires of the mass of people which are filtered through their representatives, or sometimes their rulers, direct democracy being almost unknown in the modern world.

Keywords: American revolution; democracy; European leadership; figurehead politicians



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