I like the analogy of politicians as prizefighters near the end of the post. Well, actually: I don’t like it… but I suspect it might possess some truth.
I don’t like prize fighting, but I think it’s a fundamentally useful metaphor and even analogy for a lot of human activity — same evolutionary forces at work, you know?
I am particularly taken with the observation of Warren Zevon in his homage to Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (a song well worth owning):
When Alexis Arguello gave Boom Boom a beating
Seven weeks later he was back in the ring
Some have the speed and the right combinations
If you can’t take the punches it don’t mean a thing
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