"World’s Poorest President" Explains Why It Should Be MANDATORY To Kick Rich People Out Of Politics!
“We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides. So it seems to me that we [heads of state] should live like the majority and not like the minority.”
Mujica became famous globally several years ago when the incredible story that he donates 90% of his salary to charity went viral online. This earned him the title, “World’s Poorest President” and "World's Humbles President".
The presidents suggestion is dangerous when we consider the current frame work of global politics which attracts the most vile and greedy human being imaginable. Take the United States, for example, aside from their handsome salaries, they are constantly engaged in back door million dollar business deals with corruption corporations, banks, oil companies and the military industrial complex.
But isn't his stance logical? How can we expect politicians and so called leaders have any empathy and compassion for our struggle when they don't live it. Most of the time they come from privilege, so how can we expect them to relate to us or our needs?
Mujica did explain that he didn’t really have anything against rich people, but he logically doesn't believe they should be involved in politics;
“I’m not against people who have money, who like money, who go crazy for money. But in politics we have to separate them. We have to run people who love money too much out of politics, they’re a danger in politics… People who love money should dedicate themselves to industry, to commerce, to multiply wealth. But politics is the struggle for the happiness of all.”
When asked why rich people make bad representatives of poor people, Mujica exaplained:
“They tend to view the world through their perspective, which is the perspective of money. Even when operating with good intentions, the perspective they have of the world, of life, of their decisions, is informed by wealth. If we live in a world where the majority is supposed to govern, we have to try to root our perspective in that of the majority, not the minority.”
Mujica is such a down to earth guy, he came from humble beginnings. He was a former urban guerrilla fighter with the Tupamaros, and was imprisoned for 13 years during the military dictatorship of the 1970s and 1980s. In fact Mujica once gave an epic rant in an interview about the ridiculous clothes that politicians dress themselves in;
“The tie is a useless rag that constrains your neck, I’m an enemy of consumerism. Because of this hyperconsumerism, we’re forgetting about fundamental things and wasting human strength on frivolities that have little to do with human happiness.”
He lives on a small farm on the outskirts of the capital of Montevideo with his wife, Uruguayan Sen. Lucia Topolansky and their animals. He says he does not care for money because he believes it makes us poor in spirit and forget about the simple things in life that have value, which for him is spending time on his farm with his wife, his animals and his garden.
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