Does imposters syndrome affect politics?

Its been a fairly standard weeks - no particular highs or lows, just getting on with stuff, which has left me with very little to write diary wise so I thought I would share one of my odd thoughts on imposters and life in general.

In the UK right now it is politcal party conference season meaning lots of attention being paid to what politicians think about how problems should be solved and issues dealt with.  This week it was the Labour party - which is at the moment showing a far further left bias that perhaps it has in the past.  The party started out in life made up of and representing the large numbers of ordinary  working class people with unskilled or manual labour backgrounds and had a focus of helping the poor and less well off.  Over time and especially recently has seen its make-up change and now the higher up part of the party and many MPs from it are not remotely working class and lack any experience with unskilled or manual labour.  So you now have a party who is supposed to represent the poorer less skilled workers but whose policy makers and representatives have little or no experience of the things they are supposed to represent.  Which is leading to policies and suggestions which sound at first like they would help but which have historically led to worsening conditions for those groups.  The sort of policies widely used in communist countries which have led to devastating effects on the populations of countries which have tried them

This got me to thinking about communism and some of the indivuals held up as great communist leaders and something struck me.  Just like the higher ups in todays UK Labour party many, even most communist leaders start their lives and/or careers in financially comfortable middle class or even wealthy situations.  They often have excellent education.  Marx, himself credited as the founder of modern communism, was the son of a lawyer with prosperous grandparents and studied law at university.

So considering how much damage communism has done and still does to entire populations tending to hit the already poorer member of such societies the hardest,  why do these people who have generally never experienced the conditions they believe they are trying to combat, become so focused and intent on a system that ultimately makes things worse but which sounds so fair in the first place?  Remember the very crux of Marxism was that "the workers" would rise up and start the revolution themselves - something that the people in the groups categorised as "the workers" have never done with the actual revolutions being forced by the communist leaders who had never actually experienced the conditions they were revolting for.

Could it be a possible explanation that those who lead these revolutions - or who campaign for similar policies within democracies are suffering from imposter syndrome?  Could they be feeling so undeserving of the situations they are born or raised into that they seek to change society to become deserving?  That they focus on those they consider less fortunate than themselves and look to change society to make the less fortunate better off or more equal to themselves - because if everyone is equal nobody is undeserving.    Could imposter syndrome be at least part of the reason for this intent in some to reform the lives of those who live differently?

Post Author: The Imposter