Just imagine! One fine morning we wake up to find they deported all politicians on earth to a remote planet in the universe.
Who will run the world now?
But wait. Do we really need politicians to run this world?
Before we go to answer this question, we need to know how the words “Politics”, “Politician” came into existence. And how the past politicians in the world worked for their people?
Different dictionaries have defined these words in their way. But, more commonly Cambridge Dictionary, Collins Dictionary, Dictionary.com, Lexico, Macmillan Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, etc. have given meaning to “Politics” as the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government and to “Politician” as a person experienced in the art or science of government.
But we see the meaning to these words given by The Word Detective best suited for our purpose:
The actual root of “politics” is the Greek “polis,” meaning “city.” This produced the Greek “polites,” meaning “citizen,” which produced “politikos,” meaning “regarding citizens or matters of state.”
In Latin, the Greek “politikos” became “polticus,” which eventually gave us “politics,” “political,” and, with the suffix “ian” showing action or agency, “politician” for a person whose jobs involves affairs of government or civil administration. So “politics” is the system of governing a society, and a “politician” is someone who works in that apparatus.
Politics is a work of political philosophy by Aristotle, a 4th-century BC Greek philosopher.
“Man is a political animal,” Aristotle observes; human beings are creatures of flesh and blood, rubbing shoulders with each other in cities and communities.
The aim of Politics, Aristotle says, is to investigate, because of the constitutions collected, what makes for good government and what makes for bad government and to identify the factors favorable or unfavorable to the preservation of a constitution.
Politics is prone to corruption, no matter how detailed the legislation, no matter how noble the public official is. If you want politics to be less corrupt, the solution isn’t to shrink corruption. The solution is to shrink the state.
Politics have no relation to morals – Niccolo Machiavelli
According to transparency.org, political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions, and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision-makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status, and wealth.
Here are some of the most corrupt / evil / brutal / ruthless / cruelest / oppressive politicians of the world (in alphabetical order):
Adolf Hitler, Führer of Germany (1934-1945) – Adolf Hitler was one of the most notorious, evil, and destructive leaders in human history. With his ordering of millions of Jews being tortured, raped, and executed in concentration camps, plus countless other atrocities were known and unknown. Historians credit him with the deaths of 11 million people.
Alberto Fujimori, President of Peru (1990–2000) – He embezzled an amount of $600 million.
Arnoldo Alemán, President of Nicaragua (1997–2002) – Amount embezzled by him: $100 million.
Augusto Pinochet, President of Chile (1974 – 1990) – Immediately after he became head of government, the death or disappearance of over 3,200 people swiftly followed. While they tortured 38,000 others, and they sent tens of thousands of political dissidents to prison.
Benito Mussolini, Prime Minister of Italy (1922-43) – a Nazi collaborator, an admirer of Hitler, and the founder of Italian Fascism—terrorized the country with his racist, anti-Semitic views and did away with democracy for two decades.
Chiang Kai-shek, President of the Republic of China (1950-1975) – Total number of victims during his rule: 10,000,000.
Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (1965–1986) – Amount embezzled by him is $5 billion to $10 billion.
Fidel Castro, Cuban communist revolutionary politician (1965-2011) – Firing squad executed his 582 political opponents within two years of his coming into power. In his fifty-year rule, estimates of his executions went into the thousands.
Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister of Japan (1941-1944), Japan – One source attributes 5 million civilian deaths to Tojo’s rule of the military.
Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (1926-1989) – Though he had the power, he did nothing to stop the rape and murder of thousands of people in the Nanking Massacre. Unit 731 where they did horrendous biological experiments on people resulted in the death of 300,000 people.
Idi Amin, President of Uganda (1971-1979) – Popularly known as the “Butcher of Uganda”, he was one of the cruelest despots in world history.
Ismail Enver Pasha, Minister of War (1914-1918), Turkey – Total number of victims: 1,500,000.
Jean-Claude Duvalier, President of Haiti (1971–1986) – Amount embezzled by him: $300 million to $800 million.
Joseph Estrada, President of the Philippines (1998–2001) – Amount embezzled: $78 to $80 million.
Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922-1952) – His totalitarian government was condemned for overseeing mass repressions, ethnic cleansing, deportations, hundreds of thousands of executions, and famines that killed millions of people.
Kim Jong Il, Supreme Leader of North Korea (1994-2011) – Kim inherited an impoverished North Korea with a full-scale famine starving his people. Instead of helping them, he put the country’s money toward building the world’s fifth-largest military, letting a million of his people starve to death.
Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1943-1976) – Maoism is the name given to his theories, military strategies, and political policies. He was responsible for vast numbers of deaths that estimate to 30 to 80 million victims through starvation, persecution, prison labor, and mass executions.
Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire now Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (1965–1997) – Amount embezzled: $4 to $5 billion.
Mohamed Suharto, President of Indonesia (1967–1998) – Amount embezzled: $15 billion to $35 billion.
Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist (1969-2011) – Historians consider his rule as one of the most brutal and totalitarian eras in North African history.
Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine (1996-1997) – Amount embezzled: $114 million to $200 million.
Pol Pot, Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) (1963-1981) – Pol Pot rounded up academics, scientists, teachers, city residents, religious leaders, and pretty much anyone educated and put them into concentration camps where they were mass executed. About two million people died of starvation, execution, or disease from 1975 to 1979.
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, President of Iraq (1979-2003) – The estimated total number of Iraqis killed by the security services of Saddam’s government in various purges and genocides is 250,000.
Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria (1993–1998) – Amount embezzled: $2 billion to $5 billion.
Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1989–2000) – Amount embezzled: $1 billion.
Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist (1917-1924) – Various historians and biographers have characterized Lenin’s administration as totalitarian, and as a police state, and many described it as a one-party dictatorship.
Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali, President of Tunisia (1987-2011) – Amount embezzled: $1.0 billion to $2.6 billion.
We would all like to vote for the best man, but he is never a candidate – Kin Hubbard
It is not always that we had bad politicians only. We had some politicians that were great leaders for their people. Here are some politicians who transformed the world:
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861-1865) – On Jan. 1, 1863 Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to abolish slavery. The measure prompted the Senate to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which permanently outlawed slavery.
Angela Dorothea Merkel, Chancellor of Germany (2005-Present) – Some have described Merkel as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and as the “leader of the free world”.
Deng Xiaoping, Chairman of the Central Advisory Commission (1982-1987) – Deng gradually rose to power and led China through a series of far-reaching market-economy reforms, which earned him the reputation as the “Architect of Modern China.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945) – Scholars have rated him as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but has also been subject to substantial criticism.
Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-1964) – Under Nehru’s leadership, Congress emerged as a catch-all-party, dominating national and state-level politics and winning consecutive elections in 1951, 1957, and 1962.
Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979-1990) – Although a controversial figure in British political culture, Thatcher is nonetheless viewed favorably in historical rankings of British prime ministers.
Martin Luther King Jr., 1st President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957-1968) – On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Lawyer, Politician, Activist, Writer (1893-1948) – Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, and above all for achieving Swaraj or self-rule.
Mother Teresa, Nun (1910-1997) – Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died on Sept. 5, 1997, at 87. In 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified (made a saint) her, and gave her the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Nelson Mandela, 1st President of South Africa (1994-1999) – Widely regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice, he received over 250 honors—including the Nobel Peace Prize—and became the subject of a cult of personality. People in South Africa refer to him by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, and described as the “Father of the Nation”.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-1945) – Widely considered one of the 20th century’s most significant figures, Churchill remains popular in Britain and throughout the West as a victorious wartime leader who played an important role in defending Europe’s liberal democracy from the spread of fascism.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power – Abraham Lincoln
CONCLUSIVELY, we need politicians who can serve the people above their interests for the betterment of the people.
Money power and muscle power should not be the criteria for winning the election, but it should be the credentials of the person who should be the foremost factor to elect a leader.