An interesting article Ms. Johnstone, but I suggest to you that politics is the practice and means of society and government adapting to the interests of the members of its society. Of necessity in democratic societies, members must compete for and make their interests known, whether it is done by forming professional groups, trade unions, worker’s collectives, etc. Democratic societies which refuse or fail to address those competing interests invite civil disobedience, disorder and difficulty in functioning as a productive group as a whole. It should come as no surprise that many members of a particular group will op out for various reasons and refuse, often work to sabotage, the promotion of the group’s interests. The election and administration of Donald Trump can be seen at one level, as an example. However if society refuses or fails to accommodate the demands and interests of it members, it basically can not claim to be democratic, as is the case with many countries today. So, as they say in Chicago, politics ain’t beanbag, push on, push on.