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October 16, 2007

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Jennifer Cascadia

I always like to remind myself that most politics has very little to do with reality anyway. So she has a poor tone. But maybe she is hardly real. She and her tone have little do with you and your experiences of reality.

Hattie

If there is one thing I believe in, it's politics.

Jennifer Cascadia

Yes. Politics is necessary as a way of getting things done. I would very much advise not believing in it, though. You will get burnt.

Hattie

Of course. Politics is the art of the possible.

Jennifer Cascadia

Not quite what I meant. I meant that there is a gap between what is really going on and what is perceived to be going on ALL THE TIME in politics

Hattie

Oh, I totally agree with you, Jennifer. One model of that is what seemed to be happening in German politics in the early thirties and what was really going on, as I explain in my essay on normalcy.
And lately, there's Greenspan's admission that the Iraq War is all about the oil means that almost everything politicians said about it was a lot of hot air.

Jennifer Cascadia

Yes-- and that is a good reason not to get psychologically involved in politics if you can help it. Sit back and plan your strategy, and stick to it. But how people treat you, and why they treat you a certain way should not be your concern.

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