Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Strongmen are good

When I think of the word 'strongman' the picture that comes to my mind is of that muscular guy every troop of acrobats has. You know, the guy who is always at the bottom of the shaky human pyramid, carrying all the scrawny guys with dreadlocks. Well political reporters have done the word a huge disservice by associating it with aging dictators who hang on to power for too long. Just think about it a circus strongman supports all the other guys in the troop; his strength is an asset i.e. the stronger he is, the safer his people are. His strength allows them to attempt and perfect bolder and more creative feats. Looked at in this context the so-called political strongmen are the opposite. Their 'strength' is used to bully, stifle creativity and the stronger they are, the less safe we are. What's worse about this breed of strongmen is that they demand that we carry them  instead of the other way around!

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