With some reluctance, but at the urging of a certain individual named Brandon who will remain unnamed, I’m going to write about the real life “House of Cards” that exists in America. I’m not a big fan of television but my wife recently got me to watch the first episode of House of Cards. I actually thought it was an interesting show. It revolved around the House majority whip (played by Kevin Spacey) who keeps the gears of government grinding away. He is a master manipulator, loyal to no ideology, and knows where the levers of power are located. He knows how to pull them or coerce them into being pulled.
I have a particular interest in the behind-the-scenes power politics of the world. The mechanisms I learned about in political science classes are absolutely important and play a dominant role in American and global politics. This is where you learn about concepts such as balancing and the prisoner’s dilemma. Theories such as realism, liberalism, and constructivism dominate the debate about how conflicts are managed and mismanaged in politics. I accept that these sorts of concepts are the predominant issues in politics and governance. However, there is another genre of politics that is rarely discussed, and when it is brought up, it is simply dismissed as Neo-Marxism or conspiracy theory.
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