We need to learn politics, and leaks from political operatives are the best way to do it.
It’s a shame that it’s Russia releasing the #PodestaEmails, but overall, I think it’s beneficial the public sees how political operatives work. Regardless of party affiliation, the public needs to understand the inner workings of power to make better decisions for themselves.
The way I see it, it’s all part of a grand process of the information age coming into conflict, reforming, and in many cases outright dismantling the elites, or at least their public image.
This process brazenly overturns the elitist 19th century axiom that it is better for society to not see laws or sausages being made.
Considering the numerous exposés on the food industry, it’s only logical we’re seeing the political industry slowly and painfully sliding out of obscurity, as it well should in 2016, even if by virtue of a foreign actor pursuing a malignant agenda.
Much like the widespread shock that came from the revelation that Chicken McNuggets were actually made of a pink paste, the exposed cynicism of political spins, eloquent deflections, friendly journalists, and backchannels which were never supposed to exist is disappointing to most, but educating nonetheless.
Politics are a business for smart, cynical people who yearn for power to do things they consider good and leave a legacy for themselves. One shouldn’t be delusional, paranoid, or simply guessing as to what’s going on on the inside, one should simply know the basics of political work.
I was never a believer in conspiracy theories, but working somewhat on the inside of a political system made me realize just how fragile, chaotic and unpredictable everything is, much like human life itself. In a way, it made me sympathize with those on the inside (regardless of country or political affiliation) and gave me a lifelong immunity to any notions of demonizing or idolizing the political elites.
It’s revelations like these actually undermine the popular — and spectacularly erroneous — concept of power as a stable, well-oiled, and completely controlled mechanism. It’s revelations like these that show politics for what they are — round-the-clock ad hoc attempts at controlling chaos.
The more inner workings of politics we see, the less we believe in deranged conspiracy theories that unscrupulous and exploitative politicians so often use for personal gain.
The more we understand how crises are handled, how mistakes are made — how it’s all done by living, breathing people, and not some secret, shadow establishment figures running the world, the more chances we have at understanding what power is, and how we can make it work for our benefit.