Arthur C. Clarke on political appointments

«For the last century, almost all top political appointments on Terra had been made by random computer selection from the pool of individuals who had the necessary qualifications. It had taken the human race several thousand years to realise that there were some jobs that should be never given to the people who volunteered for them, specially if they showed too much enthusiasm. As one shrewd political commentator had remarked: «We want a President who has to be carried screaming and kicking into the White House-but will then do the best job he possible can, so that he’ll get time off for good behaviour.»» Arthur C. Clarke – Imperial Earth.