One of the delights of seriously studying a subject is finding your own thoughts presaged by demonstrably greater thinkers. Here’s a bit from the great Joseph Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy:

The social meaning or function of parliamentary activity is no doubt to turn out legislation and, in part, administrative measures. But in order to understand how democratic politics serve this social end, we must start from the competitive struggle for power and office and realize that the social function is fulfilled, as it were, incidentally – in the same sense as production is incidental to the making of profits.


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