Modern democratic politics walks side by side with professionalization (i.e. a process whereby politics is evolving into an occupation). On one hand, democracy requires time: when no income is derived from politics, it is in danger of turning into an oligarchy. On the other hand, attempts to make a steady source of income from politics (Weber 1919) can easily develop into social closure, hence threatening the democracy, as such (Borchert 2008). 1