Politicians with various views run for office. You vote for the one who most closely reflects your beliefs. If he or she gets enough votes (determined by other politicians via districts), then he or she is elected to represent your voice. He or she is then paid a large salary formed from a portion of everyone else’s earnings, and essentially told, “Make society better.”
However, that person may not share all of your views, and therefore might vote contrary to the way you would vote on certain issues. The way he or she votes determines which laws (i.e. rules) are passed and by which you are required to live.
However, the person you voted for may not be elected at all, and instead, you may in fact have someone representing you who has exactly the opposite beliefs that you do. Still, he or she makes the laws, and you have to follow them whether you like them or not.
It is your responsibility to know these rules, even without any training in how they are formed or interpreted, and without explicit notification that they have been passed. The government is then tasked with making sure that you follow those rules, whether you know of them or not—let alone approve of them—as they see fit.
The same people we elect to make our rules are given the power to form their own rules. The more laws they pass, the harder it is for voters to keep track of them and follow them, and the more power the politicians get.
On top of that, politicians can even throw out the rules that apply to them if a vocal minority tells them it is okay, even if there are previous laws that say they cannot do that.
If you somehow manage to follow all of these rules, regardless of whether they make sense or not, you receive no reward or prize. You simply are not harassed, fined, killed, or subject to losing years of your life (or, in some cases, your entire life) in prison.
What you get is protection from an enemy who may or may not attack you based on the decisions these politicians make, as well as failing and poorly maintained infrastructure and institutions. You have no say; you have to accept these tokens—it is one of the laws that politicians passed many years ago by people who are no longer alive.
Taxes, which you are required to pay (again, because it is a law), are supposed to fund these things and improve them, but that rarely happens. Instead, they are used for vacations for these politicians and their wives.
Your only course of action is to hope that things go your way, or you can try to sway the opinions of other voters to your perspective. However, if you do this, and the politicians do not like your perspective, or it goes against what they want, they can brand you as a terrorist or extremist, and imprison you on nothing more than a whim for as long as they want, without proof, whether or not that person had volunteered to protect their lives and the lives of voters, while they get to go about their daily lives as free as a bird.
If you make a certain amount of money or more, the government forcibly takes a portion of it to perpetuate the cycle.
The leader of this game recently declared that you could give him more money in exchange for a chance to speak with him. He is under no obligation whatsoever to actually do anything you suggest.
In the end, you die, and the government then takes another portion of what remained in your possession at the time of your death, whether you want them to or not, even if you want to give those things to specific people after you die.
You do not win; it is just a matter of how much you lose.
The Game Ends Eventually
If this were an actual game, most people would say that this was the dumbest game ever conceived, and refuse to play. However, the rules say that you have to play, whether you want to or not, and there is no timeframe for when the game ends. If you do not, they kill you or throw you in prison, depending on how hard to you resist.
Naturally, this is a source of conflict between those who want to continue the game, and those who are tired of it. Not surprisingly, the ones who no longer want to play are the ones who lose the most, and most often.
However, the game depends on those people losing in order to continue.
In essence, those who do not want to participate are force to participate, despite knowing that they will lose, and that there is nothing they can do about it.
Now, how is this going to end well?