Camping overnight in a Big Sur public campground once, I watched as a tribe of raccoons steadily robbed a wealthy and overweight family of all their food. As these corpulent folks kept loading up their picnic table in the dim light of the campgrounds, putting out huge sausages and cheeses and so forth, raccoons steadily snatched all of it every time the people turned their backs to go back for more, and they never noticed that the table was staying empty. I was fascinated and watched this go on for over half an hour until the campers with their very expensive Winnebago motor home finally ran out of food to give the raccoons.
Put a single raccoon in a pen with 100 chickens and the raccoon will kill every one of them, take one and leave the rest. Raccoons love to kill.
An old sci-fi story had it that Earth was dying and one of the moons of Jupiter was Terraformed, various animals and trees from Earth were taken there and raccoons were the author’s choice as the next intelligent, dominant species. I can see where he got that because of their use of hands, but it wouldn’t work. Being nocturnal, they’d never become farmers or domesticate animals. They’d wipe out everything else instead and become the only species, until they starved to death from their insatiable greed.
They are an awful lot like people, aren’t they? There’s three reasons why people get into politics. The first is patriotism but the patriots are quickly eaten. Washington is littered with the bones of patriots.
The next two reasons are power and greed, and the higher up you go, the more power over people and events you have and the more wealth you acquire.
The problem with this simple system is that greed goes out of control and government becomes like a pack of raccoons, eating everything in sight until there’s nothing left. That’s why we have “fiscal cliffs”, massive debts, a huge deficit (which is spending more money than we’re taking in, ie, government on Credit Card Steroids) growing unemployment and dramatic inflation.
People think raccoons are cute.