Matt Damon, whose new movie "Promised Land" deals with the politically contentious issue of fracking, said about politics that "the game is rigged." PHOTO: Reuters
Matt Damon, never shy about sharing his political opinions offered this one in an interview with Playboy:
It’s easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.
So, is Matt Damon right? Is the political world so cynically run that you'd call it a rigged game that doesn't listen to the public it's supposed to serve?
Damon ought to know, his new movie "Promised Land" is about the politics and realities of fracking, a new, very productive but environmentally questionable method of extracting gas from the ground. Environmental issues tend to have little to know political momentum, because, as Damon describes, they are too far in the future for any politician to care about.
We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues. Instead, it’s all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don’t do anything now but run for office. So unless they can find some little thing that zips them up a couple of points in the polls, they’re not interested. There’s a consensus among scientists, though, that we face serious long-term issues. They’re saying that unless we engage with those issues, we’re genuinely f*cked. The way it looks, we’re going to wait until one of those big issues smacks us.
Matt Damon, Promised Land and even fracking aside, is there anything we can do other than nod our heads when the Matt Damon's of the world point out the flaws in our system? Well, the short answer is that we have to become better voters. A good way to start is to turn off your television and pick up "It's Even Worse Than It Looks," by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein. Yes, as Damon says, the game is rigged, but Mann and Ornstein have the gruesomely entertaining details and a few ideas to get us back on track.