Friday, October 15, 2010

now, i wanna be your dog

In the United States of this day the first procedure consists of calling upon the President, or upon Senators and Congressmen, and putting the case for the decision. The second procedure consists of mobilizing people who 'have the ear' of these important people and may bring up the matter. The same methods can be practiced in a despotic regime. The despot is seldom inaccessible: the case can be put to him; also he lives surrounded by courtiers, and these may mention the request at favorable moments. Of course some requests have no chance at all of being listened to by the despot: but the same is true in any regime.--The Pure Theory of Politics, Bertrand Juvenel.