The solution however is not “Bloomberg for President!” any more than it was “Perot for President!” Pinning ones’ hopes for the future of America on some “Third Force” is too little, too late. Even a dyed in the wool minarchist libertarian like Ron Paul can’t fix the system from within.
That’s because the system is broken, and broken beyond repair. New personnel plugged into the old structures will result in a marginal improvement at best. Probably not even that.
The root of the problem is that the “client-agent” relationship between the citizen of a democracy and the elected officials of a democracy, his so-called “public servants,” is not really the relationship between a client and his agents. It is not really the relationship between a master and his servants.
It is merely a progressive sounding veneer applied to the surface of the old subject-monarch relationship. A citizen of a democracy is merely an imperial subject who has euphemistically been spun as the “true master of the nation.” The elected chief executive of a democracy is really a monarch who has euphemistically spun as a “servant of the people.”
A real client retains the power to fire his agent at his individual discretion.
Can a citizen fire his “public servant” at his individual discretion?
I don’t mean “censure” him. I don’t mean “impeach” him. I mean fire him. Can a citizen fire a “public servant” the way a private sector client can fire a private sector agent, i.e., a real servant?
Then you already have your answer to why governments remain chronically unresponsive to the “Will of the People” in the US and other “advanced” democracies.
The New York Times
June 19, 2007
U.S. Is ‘Really in Trouble,’ Says Bloomberg, Sounding Like a Candidate
By DIANE CARDWELL
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 18 — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, sounding every inch the presidential candidate he insists he is not, [told] a crowd of Google employees that the nation was “really in trouble.”
In unusually stark terms, Mr. Bloomberg expressed his frustration with the state of the nation.
Mr. Bloomberg also took a swipe at the presidential candidates of both parties, saying they were not offering serious ideas about improving public education or lowering street crime.
He ended the day in Los Angeles, where he assailed what he called the “swamp of dysfunction” in Washington.