No amount of writing or blog posting could be able to better prove the point that the elite-centred cult of personality which is the American political system corrupts than this quote.
This quote is from current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg after announcing that he is leaving the U.S. Republican Party.
“I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead my city.” (source)
That’s right folks: “my” city.
The city belongs to him.
He owns it.
The irony is that some U.S. Democrats will probably jump on this quote as evidence that their Republican counterparts are just so full of themselves that they lead themselves to belive things like this.
But the fact of the matter is the Bloomberg has been a Democrat for most of his life and thus is a perfect example of how the problem with U.S. politics isn’t the Republicans… its the entire structure of their system around the concept of what Marx called the ‘Cult of Personality’ (which developed very deliberately largely as a result of the progressivist reforms in the 19th Century).
If anybody needed any more evidence that authority like this corrupts, then this is it.
P.S. thanks to Red Jenny for the above source on the scientific study of the corrupting influence of authority on people. She posted quite a while back and, after reading this story, I couldn’t help but think of it.