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fjaoaoaoao t1_j4lmml5 wrote

I wouldn't agree that the party primarily cares about profitable citzenry, unless you think of profits also as votes and attention.

But otherwise I agree with the spirit of your post. Parties and elections have their good side but they can also encourage focus on public image and more immediately gratifying change. It discourages long-term goals and sustained, ongoing collaboration, unless the public can heavily agree on what those goals are. The problem arises is if the public is manipulated, kept ignorant, or even just having largely different lifestyles (e.g. rural versus urban), agreement on long-term goals can be even harder to come by.