Division Of Labor

Some time ago we stopped caring what politicians said in the sense that we care about Pliny the Younger’s Panegyricus Traiani.  Politicians (or bureaucrats) also seem less inclined to be writers of fiction (think here of Chaucer’s Cantebury Tales – Chaucer was probably a spy, he was involved in the all important wool trade as a government official, etc.).

First, are my claims true?  Second, if they are true, why has this occurred?

I can answer the second question for myself.  Politics – being a politician – is now more of an all consuming career than it was in times past.  An example of this is the fact that Sen. Coburn may no longer keep up his practice as a physician because it was deemed unethical for him to do so; once you decide to run for Congress you basically abandon whatever career you had before hand.

I am not suggesting that this either a good or bad development; it is just different than was the case in times past.



  1. Daniel Kuehn said,

    July 28, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    The exception, of course, is the state legislatures. They hold other careers.

  2. Gary Gunnels said,

    July 28, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    I was thinking of the federal government exclusively.

    I myself would like to see the Congress move back to the state legislature model; you’d see less and better lawmaking probably.

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