Politics is theatre

A selection from the novel that I’m currently writing. (Although I might edit this, when the manuscript is complete.)

I’ve been studying history for a few years now, and one of the things you learn by studying history is that politics is a blood sport. But at the same time, it’s also theatre. It’s deadly serious, but it’s all for show! When you see someone punished and someone else rewarded, when you see one group oppressed or another group killed, all because someone laid down a new law, well, its tragic and terrible and all that, but it’s also a performance! Someone is putting on a show! So you have to ask yourself: who is that guy performing for? Who is he trying to impress? Does he want us to feel fear? Or does he want us to feel love? What does he want us to see? And what’s he got hidden backstage? And if we get caught in the act – make no mistake, it is an act – then what will we do? If you want to understand politics, those are your questions. Because politics is theatre – where the props are people’s lives, and the stage is the whole world.

Well, what do you think? Do you agree, or disagree? Seen anything in the news lately that might suggest this character’s idea is true?

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2 Responses to Politics is theatre

  1. Marie-Claude says:

    Very interesting! It reminds me of something I have thought myself at some point: that everybody in the world is wearing a mask (or sometimes many masks)to interact with people. That includes politicians, and especially them! So our job is to see beyond the masks, and try to know who the person (or the political party) is, what really are her goals, what she hopes to achieve.

    I came to this conclusion first by going at court and seeing how the game is played, then I realized it was also true of politics, and of every day life, actually!

    As for the news… I saw plenty of it! Charest’s way of dealing with the students’ protest last year, the PQ acting like saviours during the following elections, only to finally do nothing once elected (but that was predictable)

    More recently, and at the risk of appearing cynical, Harper visiting the victims of Lac-Mégantic? I would like to think that he really cares, but it is probably his “good father of the people” mask…

  2. Gina Ellis says:

    All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.

    Politicians get to play Broadway.

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