“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
— Bertolt Brecht
I grew up with the notion that politics is what politicians do. And that they are liars, cheaters and thieves. That makes “politics” sound pretty unattractive. But what politics really is, is just the collective effort of figuring out how to build a civilization together. And we need to stop letting the power-hungry and the greedy make those decisions for us.