10.12.2010

Should political work be paid?




This drawing I made for the anschlaege magazine issue January, where it will be the illustration for two contradicting articles about whether political work should be paid or not. I don't know yet the articles, but I believe the two authors will be discussing the theme with a focus on honorary offices/volunteering, because 2011 will be the European year of volunteering.
Since I was free to express another dimension of the question, I made my illustration regarding corruption, which I find rather interesting for that matter.
Aside from the work of volunteers, who are assumed to separate their political work and their gainful employment, we have the problem that on the one hand, (too) little payment can cause corruption, but on the other hand (and mostly on a higher level), there is the problem that too much payment (and power, naturally) attracts the wrong people, and, as we can see, the "political interests" of certain politicians become congruent with their very personal interests.

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