I am a businessman. A pretty successful one. I want to understand politic.
Currently I think I am just a customer of a state, namely, my state, where I paid protection fee called tax. However, politic seems a bit different than regular business. Moving to a different protection provider (i.e. changing citizenship/residency), is extremely difficult for example. Tax, unlike most fees are not consensual.
I used to think that politic and business are totally different. As a libertarian, I used to think that politicians are "evil" and businessmen are "good." But then, I saw cases where things just don't fit in those boxes and I am very confused.
For example, as a libertarian, I used to think that regulation is bad, and free market is good. It turns out, regulation is actually good for big businesses and bad for small businesses. What prevents a large corporation from subdividing itself in order to avoid internet sales taxes?
I was wrong.
What should businessmen like me understand about politic? What political theories help businessmen understand politics more easily?
I read somewhere that most people are good with money but weak at politics (relative to professional politicians of course.) I myself am a businessman and I want to understand politic. Usually I am able to use what I understand to understand what I don't.
What kind of events can typical politicians see coming from miles away that businessmen and other people don't see coming?
Something like the Top 10 similarities and differences between political and business. Or what about top 10 differences and similarities between typical politicians and typical businessmen, between typical political processes and typical businesses.
For example, in businesses you can't just lie or force people around. It's usually illegal. In politics it's part of the game. Of course, that is just what's typical. In business, like in politic, you would make a fortune if you can deceive without being considered "lying".
It seems to me that politicians are actually a special kind of shady businessmen. Politicians are in a specific "industry" namely political industries, where they get richer if they get more votes and income comes from either donation or corruption. Are there theories that treat politicians like CEOs?
The states themselves seem to be in the industry of protection rackets. Most states declare that protection of their population is the aim of the state and people that live in the state pays tax, or protection fee, for that. Are there any political theory that treat states like protection racket businesses?
In most states, politicians official salary is low and in most states there doesn't seem to be any way politicians can legitimately earn large amount of money. Are there any political theory that treat politics as a business?
On the other hand, businessmen are actually politicians too, except that businessmen are usually use their political skills on a specific settings. Businessmen are politics under "market mechanism". I wonder if there is any political theory that analyze businessmen as a special kind of politician.
What should businessmen know about politics? What aspects of politics do most businessmen not know?
Most businesses have utility function, namely return of capital. What is the utility function of a state? Any theory teaching that?
Perhaps a better similar question would be, as a businessman, what political theory I should understand? What is so obvious for politicians and businessmen that expert knows but lay people don't? What are the main similarities and differences between business and politics? How do political incentives differ from business incentives? When and where does business becomes "like politic" and via versa, and why not?