You just know they're going to be anything but.
Much like Democratic People's Republic...
Freemium mobile game Clash of Clans is perhaps best known for its enthusiastic use of celebrity endorsements in its advertisements, which have starred Liam Neeson, Christoph Waltz, and James Corden. Joining this star-studded lineup is one-time vice chancellor of Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, who reportedly spent between €2 …
The FPÖ was founded by actual Nazis after the end of the occupation of Austria. Unlike in Germany, which underwent a denazification process (and suffered a much longer occupation), Austria played the victim and sleazed out of any foreign interference by declaring themselves "neutral" (to be fair, there were advantages to both camps in allowing them to do that).
Just like the original, its ranks are filled by people with a deeply entrenched and not entirely unjustified sense of inadequacy about themselves.
I'm sure politicians are no more corrupt than they've always been, but it is quite interesting to see that getting caught nowadays gets you crucified in the Court of Public Opinion, and thanks to the Internet, it has consequences.
I don't know how we're going to adapt, but things are changing in the way politics has become public.
"I'm sure politicians are no more corrupt than they've always been, but it is quite interesting to see that getting caught nowadays gets you crucified in the Court of Public Opinion, and thanks to the Internet, it has consequences."
Yeah, consequences. Take a few lucrative directorships and stay out of the limelight for a few years, then all is forgotten.
When democracy leads to politicians being held to account, politicians focus on avoiding being held to account. If we're not careful, the more secretive and repressive regimes will thrive, whereas the democracies will be paralysed by scandal, point-scoring and partisanship. Spoiler: It doesn't go well.
Access to old videos, radio broadcasts and newspaper archives is, IMHO, the most useful part of the Internet for reining in politicians. Alas, that's a drop of water in the sea when compared to the effects of social media, fake news, finely targeted propaganda and human stupidity. 8^(
getting caught nowadays gets you crucified in the Court of Public Opinion
I do hope that there are separate areas for crucifixion according to which court of public opinion you have condemned by. Would hate to see Conservatives crucified in the same area as Labour.
When this proposition (withholding grain from Sicily from the people) came to the ears of the people, it excited so great an indignation against Coriolanus, that, on coming out of the Senate, he would have been killed in a tumultuary manner, if the Tribunes had not summoned him to appear before them and defend his cause. This occurrence shows, as we have said above, how useful and necessary it is for a republic to have laws that afford to the masses the opportunity of giving vent to the hatred they may have conceived against any citizen; for if there exist no legal means for this, they will resort to illegal ones, which beyond doubt produce much worse effects.
Niccolò Machiavelli, Discorsi (1531), Book 1, Cap. VII.
> and thanks to the Internet, it has consequences.
In Austria's case, and to give them their due credit, it's nothing to do with the internet. People there, even the Nazis, still have a sense of honour in that if they get caught they'll usually own up to it.
Unlike say, Mr Babiš in the Czech Republic or a certain Mr Johnson in the soon to be United Kingdom of England and (maybe) Wales.
I admit, I play Clash of Clans, please don't judge me. I'm not sure how the hell you'd spend that kind of money on it without completing the game almost immediately. Kinda defeats the object of it although I'm sure Supercell aren't complaining. I did always wonder who on earth would be nuts enough to spend a hundred quid on one of their packages, I guess I know now!
Worse. Just seen an app I was using, and could have spent money on (was a "one time purchase, get everything on another game from the developer, and it was not everything, once bitten twice shy)... has been dropped and replaced by "version 2" which is even more a cash grab.
Sad to see a nice indie game go down the drain for greed. Many many developers bitten by it.
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