Sunday, November 20, 2016

Running Shit 101: You're On a Fucking Team, Like It Or Not

That video is a useful point to start talking about what politics and government is, how it really works, and why things are as they are.

And this video is a necessary follow-up that explains why political power strongly tends to be a family business. (After this, go read The Prince.)

I'm pointing this pair of videos out for a reason: this shit is how things actually fucking work, at all levels, when it comes to running things. From the street gang hustling at the corner to the God-Emperor Ascendant, this is how shit works. If your fiction doesn't work this way, then there had better be some unreal element justifying it that stands up to scrutiny- be it a game, a story, or whatever. If you're wondering why you got fucked at the office, dig a bit and you'll find out something like this is why. If you're wondering why there's talk about yet another Clinton or Kennedy or Bush running for office, this is why.

And guess what? You can't unfuck this without becoming superhuman somehow, because you have to play this game to get anywhere and that means you need those key supporters Grey talks about. Welcome to the Suck. Oh, and for you fellow gamers reading this: this is why Charisma is not a dump stat.

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