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University of Chicago Professor Claims “Power Hungry Presidents are Good for Democracy”

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 7, 2013 @ 7:05 pm In The Point | 7 Comments

In other news, the guy who fetches Putin his morning coffee claims that killing dissidents really helps the economy and China’s leading university claims that breathing in toxic fumes while assembling iPads is good for children.

Why power-hungry presidents are good for democracy

U. CHICAGO (US) — In order to understand the behavior of US presidents, it is necessary to recognize that a president’s core interest is in acquiring power—and holding on to it—a new book argues.

This single, simple insight about the president and power goes a long way to explaining presidential behavior,” says William G. Howell, professor in American politics at the University of Chicago.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Chicago Way, PhD.

“He represents the country as a whole. This is part and parcel of a president’s need to obtain power and to exert control. He needs to dominate his branch of government and the whole institution.”

Lenin would like his quote to be properly attributed.

Today’s popular notion that presidents should exercise more self-restraint and limit their executive authority is misguided, he says.

Unless their first name is George.

Still, beyond the Constitutional limits on presidential power are other restrictions, such as cultural misgivings. Built into the American psyche, largely as a result of the dislike of the absolute power held by the British monarchy they left behind, is a condemnation of presidential candidates who betray too much interest in holding the office.

Those paranoid right-wing extremists who can’t see that having your country run by power-hungry madmen is a good thing.


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