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Third, there is the effect of large jurisdictions. Suppose you live in a very small school district and don't Uke the curriculum. You can buttonhole the head of the school board, whom you probably know, and say, "Look, Jack, I really think..." He will listen.Suppose you live in a suburban jurisdiction of 300,000. You as an individual mean nothing. To affect policy, you would have to form an organization, canvass for votes, solicit contributions, and place ads in newspapers. This is a fulltime job, prohibitively burdensome. The larger the jurisdiction, the harder it is to exert influence. Much policy is set at the state level. Now you need a statewide campaign to change the curriculum. Practically speaking, it isn't practical.It is fraud. In a sense, the candidates do not even exist. A presidential candidate consists of two speechwriters, a make-up man, gestures coach, ad agency, two pollsters, and an interpreter of focus groups. Depending on his numbers, the handlers may suggest a more fixed stare to crank up his decisiveness quotient or dial in a bit of compassion for another audience. The newspapers will report this calculated transformation. Yet it works. You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.
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