28 May 2014

Insiders and outsiders

Elizabeth Warren tells an instructive story about American politics in her book A Fighting Chance that is relevant to politics ... not only American national politics but politics anywhere.

She was running the Congressional committee to oversee the 2009 bailouts of the banks, and director of the President's National Economic Council Larry Summers took her out to dinner for a chat.

Late in the evening, Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don't listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access…. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don't criticize other insiders.

Via Digby.

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