In most countries, retirement age is between 65-70 years for men, and 60-65 for women. This covers almost all occupations, except in the field of art, where an individual beyond that age can continue working as long as their intellectual abilities haven’t diminished.

I’ve always wondered why so humane a practice doesn’t apply to politicians, especially in totalitarian countries, where these notables — oblivious to the years they have lived, and to the errors they have committed — remain in office until the grave, inflicting their gradual loss of physical and mental capabilities (a natural part of the aging process) on their unsuspecting citizens.

So we find true old geezers, who ought to be in a nursing home, proposed for leadership positions, and what is worse, accepting them. It seems that there are no other people more physically and mentally capable than they in their respective fields. This situation is exacerbated in those regimes where the existence of a single party and rubber-stamp elections installs them, in perpetuity, in the halls of power.

I intend, in good faith, to devote some attention to this anomalous situation, too often repeated in recent years, in order to rejuvenate the political sphere and give a well-earned rest to these ancients, who also have the right to a fair retirement.

Translated by: Tomás A.