China Court Says No to Bo
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  • qet

    “people want recognizable rulers—personalities who, love them or hate them, are larger than life and give a focus and narrative drive to stories. . . .want leaders they can relate to, who excite and stimulate”
    Sounds depressingly familiar. And let’s not forget that there is a worrisome (to say the least) non-celebrity aspect to this: many people, too many, demand that those flawed, charismatic, story-centering individuals be given all of the power of the State (I’m looking at you, left-liberals, vis-a-vis Obama).

  • Andrew Allison

    “Just as people in Europe are turning away from the faceless technocrats
    of Brussels toward charismatic but flawed political leaders from one end
    of Europe to another, . . .” Is VM suggesting that the faceless technocrats are flawless? At least with political learders it’s clear where responsibility lies.

  • rheddles

    But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.

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