Dear Reykjavik: who elected a comedian to be mayor and we should probably all do the same

18 Sep

It’s a strange thing. People tend to favor the underdog, like in the movies we favor the underdog, but when it comes to voting, we vote for the bully. It’s so strange. We trust the bully much better than we trust the underdog. Maybe it’s in our nature, but it is so that all around the world there is this certain type that can succeed in politics and it’s people who are—alpha types? Alpha types of people: very logical and determined and ruthless. So if we are going to change democracy we have to find ways to get different types of people to enter into politics. But the system is not like that now. You have to be the alpha type.

–Jon Gnarr, Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland’s Most Famous Comedian & leader of the Best Party

 

read the rest of THE COMEDIAN MAYOR: THE RUMPUS INTERVIEW WITH JÓN GNARR

 

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