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"Politics, just as economic pursuits, may be a man's avocation or his vocation. One may engage in politics, and hence seek to influence the distribution of power within and between political structures, as an 'occasional' politician… Politics as an avocation is today practiced by all those party agents and heads of voluntary political associations who, as a rule, are politically active only in case of need and for whom politics is, neither materially nor ideally, 'their life' in the first place...

There are two ways of making politics one's vocation: Either one lives 'for' politics or one lives 'off' politics. By no means is this contrast an exclusive one. The rule is, rather, that man does both, at least in thought, and certainly he also does both in practice. He who lives 'for' politics makes politics his life, in an internal sense. Either he enjoys the naked possession of the power he exerts, or he nourishes his inner balance and self-feeling by the consciousness that his life has meaning in the service of a 'cause.'

In this internal sense, every sincere man who lives for a cause also lives off this cause. The distinction hence refers to a much more substantial aspect of the matter, namely, to the economic. He who strives to make politics a permanent source of income lives 'off' politics as a vocation, whereas he who does not do this lives 'for' politics. Under the dominance of the private property order, some--if you wish-- very trivial preconditions must exist in order for a person to be able to live 'for' politics in this economic sense. Under normal conditions, the politician must be economically independent of the income politics can bring him. This means, quite simply, that the politician must be wealthy or must have a personal position in life which yields a sufficient income."
German sociologist Max Weber, in his paper Politik als Beruf (Politics as a Vocation), January 1919

Weber summed up everything almost perfectly, and there's hardly anything more to add, apart from two obvious points:

♦ A politician with an established career prior to entering the realm of politics, potentially possesses an array of unique skill sets, world views and a sectoral network.

♦ A career politician meanwhile, has the advantage of an established legislative, executive and community network, as well as a sharpened political sense and an understanding of how to work the system and the press

So the question is, which of the two would contribute to the making of a better president in real life? Alternatively, should we be looking at a combination of both instead?



Former Governor of New Mexico

Gary Johnson

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson

Johnson Career

In the summer of 1974, while still studying at the University of New Mexico, Johnson decided to work part-time as a handyman, doing various types of work which included simple plumbing, remodeling and even construction jobs. His early success prompted him to start Big J Enterprises in 1976, soon after he graduated. It began as a small one-man operation which suddenly grew to multi-million dollar firm after he secured a contract from Intel for an expansion of their manufacturing facility in Rio Rancho, Sandoval County.

The company, built on a solid platform of worker's welfare and good business ethics, continued to grow in strength. By the time Johnson decided to sell the firm in 1994, following his victory in the gubernatorial election of New Mexico, Big J Enterprises employed over a 1,000 workers. The $38 million deal had a clause in it that prevents the retrenchment of existing workers by the new owners.

After finishing his two terms as Governor in 2002, Johnson rejoined the business sector and currently has interests in three firms in the state – Alpha Security Group Corp (a defense-related investment firm), High Beta (a venture capital firm) and GEJ Enterprises (a consulting firm). Johnson is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

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Stephen Rollins

Presidential Candidate Stephen Rollins

Rollins Career

Magic Motions Ent.
Lightning Pictures LLC

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