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Saturday, July 18, 2015

People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics

People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics, Uruguayan President José Mujica told CNN en Español in an interview posted online Wednesday.

“We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides,” Mujica said in the interview. “So it seems to me that we [heads of state] should live like the majority and not like the minority.”

“I’m not against people who have money, who like money, who go crazy for money,” Mujica said. “But in politics we have to separate them. We have to run people who love money too much out of politics, they’re a danger in politics… People who love money should dedicate themselves to industry, to commerce, to multiply wealth. But politics is the struggle for the happiness of all.”

(hat-tip Weka  )


Armchair Critic said...

Disenfranchisement? Thanks but no. The right to participate in democracy should not be fettered so lightly.

robertguyton said...

True, true. Perhaps the message that the money-hungry are unsuitable for governance could be broadcast more widely, giving people the opportunity to reflect on that and then make their democratic choice better.

Armchair Critic said...

Disenfranchising people is wrong, it's the path to all kinds of bad things.

robertguyton said...

Then let's welcome those who love money too much, and be awake to their failings.