This week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined the collection of celebrity heavyweights threatening to run for President. As I’ve mentioned in several pieces, I think Trump has broken down the barrier between celebrity and politics in way that has dangerous implications. In a piece at Forbes today I digest several of these ideas down into a single theme.
Unlike Trump, Johnson seems like a decent human being. That doesn’t help much. The Presidency has evolved into an incredibly complex job with power our founders never imagined. If we lose our capacity to place qualified governing professionals in that role, we will have to rethink the shape of the Presidency. More than that, we may have to look beyond government for ways to solve collective problems.