- Is it what I want?
- Is it what my financial sponsors want?
- Can I get away with it?
If the answer to all three is yes, then politicians do it.
They don't eliminate capital gains taxes and raise payroll taxes to 60 percent of work income because they can't get away with it. An anti-ruler war would result.
What the people want is considered irrelevant, except when the people have been propagandized into wanting what establishments want.
Tony Blair, Angela Merkel, and George W. Bush are paradigm cases of this behavior, Bush having almost no moral accomplishments during his reign, except the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument and a few other policies.
The slur barrages directed at holders on non-establishment beliefs represent an aspect of the establishment assault on democracy. Establishments cannot criticize democracy itself without exposing their oligarchism. So instead, they demonize the people to bolster their support for their own corruptions as if to say, "We have a right to do as we please because you're so horrible. You don't deserve anything. We're better than you, and that makes us good."
Humans almost always think their political actions are justified.
Politicians will dig up junk science, deontological assertions, and other fallacious rhetoric to justify what they prefer.
Cities buy expensive new libraries to replace adequate buildings. But inside the architectural fantasy buildings, the Internet is often worse than dial up and the book selection abysmal and getting worse.
Spending on materials declined from 25 percent of library spending in 1942 to 11.7 percent in 2010. Even if major publishers were willing to publish copies of non-establishment books, few libraries would buy them. Librarians are near uniform in support for cultural Marxism and other establishment ideologies. They put up displays about the horrors of censorship, but think little about one-sided acts of omission.