Roberta X calls it “Antisocialism,” but it’s not what it sounds like it ought to be:
I’m thinking about proposing a form of government in which direct interpersonal contact is kept the the bare minimum. Automate the DMV! No more press conferences: Top government officials will receive a printed list of questions to answer weekly, by letter or e-mail. Congressthings will be required to remain seated, eyes front, when the House or Senate is in session — wireless microphones will let them address their fellows. And, of course, lobbyists will be required to use the mail.
Let us have a government of laws, not of men. And let the men (and women, and you over there with your very own pronoun) we do have keep to themselves. There’s no need to get chummy; just do your job and clock out at the end of the day. No autographs, no press-the-flesh meetings, none of that. Baby-kissing will be prohibited by law.
If you’re thinking this takes all the excitement out of politics, well, duh:
Dull? Darned right it would be dull. There’s no reason politics should be a three-ring circus.
I wonder: if we had this, would fewer clowns run for office?