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Entrepreneurial Politics

Matt Morgan • Jun 30, 2014 at 1:28 PM

A Gnarr-ly solution to an age-old problem.


In the true spirit of being an entrepreneur, it is your job to identify (or create) a societal need and develop a solution to address it. In private industry, it is rather well known that people, services, and products come and go frequently. Ingenuity is expected as is a high level of customer service. When that fails, so too does the business that provided it. This bit of economic Darwinism allows for constant growth and innovation.


Flash over to politics where at least in the United States we've only had two major parties for a very, very long time. Both seem secure and at ease, never really having to innovate. It's stagnant. Why respond to a population in a meaningful way when it is presumed you have all but a monopoly on a constituency? A low approval rating of Congress certainly backs that up yet we see the same faces every election cycle returning to Washington, D.C.


What is one to do when faced with no options? Usually the government is the outlet for private grievances. In this case it is the government we talk about being the cause for concern. Let's look at Iceland's capital city, Reykjavík, for an example. There, in 2010, someone did something about the stagnation. His name is Jón Gnarr Kristinsson and he was until very recently the mayor. Running against more traditional-sounding parties such as the Social Democrats and Independence Party, Gnarr's "Best Party" won six of fifteen seats in city council.


How? It seems that despite his profession as an actor and comedian, he met a need in the population.


"Iceland was ripe for change, having effectively gone bust thanks to the cronyism of a cluster of politicians and bankers who thought that they could turn an island of fishermen with a population of 318,000 into a financial superpower." - The Guardian


Observing that the other parties were secretly corrupt, the Best Party would be openly so. It also stated that it would not fulfill any of its pre-election promises. Other such parodies of Icelandic policies and rhetoric were included. It would seem that over a third of the voting population found that refreshing and turned a would-be joke party into a majority. One who, as it was said, wouldn't form a coalition with anyone who hadn't seen HBO's "The Wire."


What will be the ultimate fate for the Best Party? We shall see this year as its leader has formed the Bright Future party to move into national politics, leaving the remains of the Best Party behind to flourish or fold on its own. Such is what happens in nature and business. Rather refreshing, isn't it?


If you were to form your own party, what would you call it and what would be its positions)?

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