November 20, 2007

The Difficulty of Overcoming Politics

There is no clearer view of the difficulties of overcoming the negative aspects of politics, than that presented in the works of primatologist Frans de Waal. Politics is just something we do, and have done for a good 5 million years. Accept it, and then think about creating rules to moderate the more harmful aspects.

"Chimpanzee Politics" (1982) is a good start, but de Waal has a couple of dozen books and Scientific American articles and so on to his credit.

The books are insightful and witty, but, if you like them, for god's sake go and hear him when he is speaking at a university near you. That way you can luxuriate in his film clips, snide comments and hilarious photographs!

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