Everything is politics

“The apolitical does not exist – everything is politics.”
-—Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924)

There may be many in Hong Kong that traditionally shied away from politics. After all, who cares about what a bunch of suit-wearing monkeys in the Legco chamber say or do? Hopefully, the recent HKTV farce will let these people see that no matter where their place in society, politics affects them in every single way.

Politics, as seen, is about what TV programs one gets to see.

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But it’s also about whether your downstairs shop sells vegetables or milk formula.

Out of stock at Tuen Mun Town Plaza

Out of stock at Tuen Mun Town Plaza

It’s about whether your kid gets into a primary school reasonably close to his or her home,

Cross-border students force North District students out of their own school nets.

Cross-border students force North District students out of their own school nets.

what he learns when he gets there,

and how much time you get to spend with him or her at the end of the day when you get home from work.

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Politics is about how long you or your parents have to wait for that cataract surgery

The woman on the left has waited 29 months for cataract surgery.

The woman on the left has waited 29 months for cataract surgery.

It’s about where you live and in what type of housing.

(Source: Wall Street Journal via Hong Wrong)

(Source: Wall Street Journal via Hong Wrong)

It’s about how much you pay for the bus or MTR.

Opposing fare increases by the MTR.

Opposing fare increases by the MTR.

It’s about how much tax you pay and how the government uses your money.

Everything is politics.

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