In the most acknowledged sense of the word "politics", I'm afraid I gots nuthin'.
I vote, because in Australia it's compulsory and incurs a fine if you refrain from taking part. I don't, however, understand the intricacies of the entire procedure, nor can I recognize the differences between our two major parties, no matter how obvious they might be.
This is, I acknowledge, apathy on my part. I'm intelligent and educated, yet this is one of my big black holes of knowledge, because it holds no interest to me.
So I was left thinking of other options to talk about within the broader heading (or laterally-thought-out side-track) of "politics".
And it struck me that, on a surface level at least, being a self- or indie-published author has some similarities.
Much like a person who enters politics, an indie author will often take up the role because they have a voice, and they have a great desire to share that voice in order to make their world, and the world of others, a better place. In some ways it's self-serving, yet it's done with noble intentions.
And then all the other stuff happens. Money can get in the way in both fields, to the point it pulls someone away from the course they'd planned. That isn't automatically bad, but it often is. In politics it might impair judgement or even lead to criminal acts. In writing, it's usually far more about the individual, but it can drag an author a long way from home. Away from their voice, their genre, their story length. And it's often guilty of turning the politician or the author into someone they weren't, and never meant to be.
The hours can be hell with both jobs, as well. I don't, as I say, have a finger on politics, but I certainly know sessions can last many hours, and cross over to several days, when totes important shit is going down, man. With writing... well, my only experience is down here in the coal mines, where I literally work for a matter of cents per hour (based on the time spent to finish a book vs the number of copies sold). And that's because I tend to be working for 14-16 hours per day many days.
And of course, the end results can often be quite similar, too. You put yourself out to the public in any fashion, and you're fair game. A politician and a writer can each be attacked by the same trolls with the same vocabulary. And generally speaking, both professions are held accountable for their words (which is logical in some respects). But it's rarely the words themselves which are attacked... the words are the gateway drug, in a manner of speaking. They become the hook for trolls to hang their fists on. Very soon it becomes the person who's an idiot, or a hack, or only in it for the money, or whatever.
So... I don't really have a point this time around. But when it comes to politics, I guess not having a point IS my point.