There's so much smart packed into this post that it's in danger of collapsing into a Black Hole of Smart:The Establishment has made it extremely difficult to vote them out, much more so that I had expected. Even the elections of 2010 and 2014 did not provide the purge that the populace was looking for.
Foseti said:This is indeed how they roll, from the Forbidden City to Versailles to Washington D.C. to your local city council. Go read.the root of the problem is democracy.I disagree.
The root of the problem is:
Because the interests of the elite do not match the interests of the whole of society, the natural flow of governance is for elites to aggregate ever more power, and the populace to become ever more immiserated. Mandarin China, Louis XIV France, and Tsarist or Communist Russia is the rest-state for relations between government and subject. Government extracts as much as it can, subject lives in soul-crushing poverty.
The depressingly elegant thing about this is that the game theory is stable. Take the folks who make decisions, build as small a stable coalition as you can, and divide the spoils among the small coalition. It's as inexorable a solution as gravity, given power politics.
This is what governments do when they can. The core challenge of government is how to prevent that.
The secret, of course, if to vote incumbents out so that the remaining pols fear us more than they are encouraged by their rent-seeking cronies. Voltaire was right: In this country it is wise, from time to time, to kill an Admiral to encourage the others.
And so enter the outsiders. Trump, a billionaire, doesn't need Establishment money to run. The system has indeed been Game Theory stable, but things that cannot continue forever do not. The moment was primed, and lacked only the right Man to step into the Arena.
Would Trump make a good president? Who can say? But what is now clear is that the situation is no longer Game Theory stable.