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February 4, 2003

There is an extended weblog on trust, politicians, and the war on terror at for those interested in the philosophy behind the news.

It is called, 'In the politicians we trust?" has just moved to Moveable Type. It has acquired an austere look.

Have a look and tell me what you think.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:09 PM | | Comments (3)


Thomas Jefferson understood that we shouldn't put our trust in any politician. Irony was not intended when he said we should bind them down from mischief "by the chains of the Constitution." And a truly honest man wouldn't even ask you to trust him.

Those politicians who I met and still admire have never asked me to trust them blindly rather they prefered to be questioned and challenged. Vaclav Havel, Czechoslovak dissident a.k.a. Philosopher-President, John Hatton Australian Independent politician for 23 years in NSW Parliament, Anne Symonds ALP politician in NSW, Andrew Tink, Liberal Party Politician ...

A few people have put it as well as Pope John Paul II (exceptions being journalist O'Rourke and playwright Havel) 'Even when the truth has been reached and this can happen only in a limited and imperfect way it can never be imposed. To try to impose on others by violent means what we consider to be the truth is an offence against human dignity.'

'The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He does not attempt to charm the public, he offers nothing and promises nothing. He can offer, if anything, only his own skin -- and he offers it solely because he has no other way of affirming the truth he stands for. His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost.'
-Vaclav Havel" target="_blank"> This Morning I Farewell My Teenage Hero []

Note a link is provided to this article in my favourite newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald:
·" target="_blank"> Engaging Margo Kingston's Webdiary

I think i gave up trusting politicians when i was about 14. Giving 3 year blank cheques to anyone is madness if you ask me. While some do maintain something resembling morality, i think the problems are structural. Given this, I wouldn't expect much more than what we currently get from them. I still get bemused when people say they feel betrayed by politicians - you expected something else? It's Stockholm syndrome if you ask me.

Not that i think anyone is asking me. That is if you ask me.