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Actually, the interesting thing about the SVP is that there are several microcosms living in parallel and apparently getting along with one another although they are totally different.
5) There are the clownish intellectualls who don't take any of this too seriously but can emulate and parody any of these groups at will (without them noticing) and love the prose and the provocation and write editorials in Weltwoche and troll on TV talkshows with the sole purpose of driving some trade union guy or some bearded greenie up the wall and tricking them into saying something incredibly stupid that the SVP can then quote and use against them. When you meet them in private they're totally reasonable and are probably more interested in fast cars and the good life than politics.
The amazing thing is that although these five groups are totally at cross purposes they seem to be at peace with one another. I have no idea how they do it.
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Ha, great post, thanks! Well observed...
I have a friend who meets those clowns on a regular basis - on the show they have the biggest fights and arguments, afterwards they all go for a beer together and share a few laughs.
In a way it tells me that it is not as bad as it is made out to be, on the other I am angry that they use this circus to get publicity.
To me it just leaves a really bad aftertaste, in that they do not take the public seriously... (my biggest gripe I guess, but I agree that any mass of humans are more like a stampeding herd anyway).