“Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.”
‘It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.’
‘In a philosophical debate, what everyone involved is trying to get at is the truth. In contrast, what is at stake in the political realm is not truth but power, and power (unlike truth) is a “rival good”—one person or group can wield power only at the expense of another. This is why politics is inevitably adversarial. Political power is ultimately about deciding who shall govern, and part of governing is about choosing between competing interests’
-Andrew Potter here
Addition: Is it really all about power or is it also about duty, gratitude and stewardship?