Partisanship: When rival oligarchic factions are so occupied with doing down each other, they hardly care how much damage they are doing to the public.
Non-Partisanship: When rival oligarchic factions are so occupied with doing down the public, they hardly care how little damage they are doing to each other.
The US seems to be well into a full-on partisan phase at the moment, whereas the EU is starting to sprout governments of 'national unity' like toadstools on a rotten tree. It will be interesting - in the historical sense that nobody wants to experience up close and personal - to see which mode manages to completely exhaust the public's patience first.
Better hope that, before this occurs, we manage to enter the other possible though unstable phase of government:
Awk Cluck Cluck Cluck Cluck Cluck!: When rival oligarchic factions are so occupied with not being all cast down together and stripped of their ill-gotten swag, they hardly care to how many of the public's easier demands they yield for the moment. Later, they may be too weakened to renege.
This may not work where the main demands involve competencies which a target oligarchy has long excused itself from cultivating, and prevented anybody else from acquiring. It is also vulnerable to the loudest public demands' coming from stupid heads, with Hilarious Consequences. But it is the moment of hope and choice, in a way that picking the liveliest scrapper or uniting behind the blandest fudger are not.
I wonder how ready we all shall be for it, at the turning of the tide? Most of all, I wonder how ready I shall.
Let me not prove a sluggard or a stupid head, come the local hour.