In a humorous piece in the New Yorker, Andy Borowitz [ny] has Jared “The Kettle” Kushner dissing Kim “The Pot” Jong Un for being inexperienced at leadership and implying that he got his job through nepotism. It’s a funny piece, because the underlying point is important and interesting.
“Here you have a guy who has no government experience, and he’s in charge of the whole thing,” Kushner said, in an interview with Fox News. “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of.”
Kushner noted that, instead of working his way up and acquiring the skills necessary to do his job, the North Korean leader had been given huge responsibilities and power “only because of family connections.”
“There’s only one word for that,” he said. “Nepotism.” [Snark Tag: That’s Borowitz writing as Kushner; it’s snark. It’s not real.]
To be accurate, Kim Jong Un is the current pinnacle of an experiment run by evolutionary psychologists regarding controlled breeding of political leaders: does survival make one fit in the political arena? The longevity of the rulers of Europe (who all appear to be cousins of some sort) ought to be interesting data for evolutionary psychologists, after the experiment has had another 100,000 years to run.
There are four traditional ways to access tyrant powers:
- Kill the king and become the king
- Marry the king’s daughter
- Pull a sword from a stone
- Be the king’s son
Kushner took route #2. Kim Jong Un took route #4, but we can say on his behalf that he didn’t choose it and did not consent.
I’m pretty sure Kushner is great at pulling swords from stones; anyone who can simultaneously re-invent government, deal with Israel/Palestine, and I forget what all else – a swordstone situation’s got to be a pffffff to them. Kim, however, appears to have grown up making missiles and nuclear weapons and he has his own army.
“Hereditary leadership makes as much sense as hereditary physics” – Richard Feynman
Let’s not talk about Ivanka.
Path to power #4 is technically a sub-case of #1 but it’s sufficiently interesting that I kept it separate. But that’s why I listed it 4th instead of 2nd.