Megalomania and the problem with U.S. politics

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.


9 Responses to “Megalomania and the problem with U.S. politics”

  1. 1 D. Peace 20 June, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Good point. Funny you should use Bloomberg as an example of political narcissism (although he is a good example) as there are hundreds to choose from.

    • 2 Roger 16 April, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      I’m really sorry but it seems to be your socialist mind doesn’t function properly “my” city refers to the fact he’s a proud New Yorker, the same way you would say my country.
      It’s unfortunate to see how stupid people can be, you should go work for Fox, they ca probably use you little mind, I heard Glen beck was stepping down, there’s your opportunity.

      Socialism makes people sick, jealous, mediocre … I;m a frenchman believe me, I know

  2. 3 JP 20 June, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    It was just last week was an interview of Bush explaining how “in my government my officials serve at my pleasure” and should not be called before the Congress to testify if requested.

  3. 4 KevinG 20 June, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Bollocks. By the same reasoning I own Canada which is, after all, my country.

    My can simply mean, the one I’m associated with: my company; my country; my friends; or, my city.

  4. 5 RPJ 21 June, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Hmmm. I’m afraid I agree with KevinG on this one. There are much better examples of Megalomania to choose from. Actually Bloomberg is one of the better mayors of major US cities and only takes a salary of $1 to serve. Now, can you imagine Giulliani doing that when he was mayor of New York? Hah! I believe Bloomberg was just saying my city in the same way he would say my country.

  5. 6 Eric S. 22 June, 2007 at 12:30 am

    It’s the notion that absolute power corrupts absolutely. You have a Billionaire who believes he can purchase anything, and that exponential increases in power are ultra-quenching.

    But the American system does indeed work that way, and under Harper (who’s merely a neatly trimmed Bush), we will embrace more monetary worship because it’s what the “shining light of inspiration guides us to do, and we must avoid the nanny-state, the 2nd rate socialist trap”.

    And Btw, Bloomberg is not a leftist just because he’s to the Republican’s left on strictly social policy matters. He’s a typical political corporatist.

    I always hate it when shallow, juvenile Right-Wing Wackos say that CNN & Bloomberg are “far left”. Yeah right. Far to the left of the Neo-Fascist Republicult maybe, but still significantly to the right of center, all things considered (especially re: monetary worship, exponential increases in quasi-dictatorial, undemocratic and totalitarian powers).

  6. 7 Cam 26 June, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Well, I live in the “greatest city in the world” under the stewardship of his most excellent lordship Bloomberg and the reign of King George in our great realm of North America. It’s not so much the way they phrase these Freudian slips but how they show their contempt for us subjects that counts.

    Hello Canada!

  7. 8 RPJ 28 June, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    So give us more details Cam. What’s the scoop on Bloomberg? Good God its scary you used his name in the same sentence as Bush’s. I hope he is not in that category. As a resident of NY it would be great to hear your views on him.

  8. 9 lokimikoj 21 September, 2007 at 2:51 pm


    Cool website! Keep up the great work. Many thanks. Thanks!

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