Custom, charisma, and statute

Max Weber’s Politics as a Vocation offers three categories which “grounds for legitimate rule” fall into: custom, grace/charisma, and statutes.

Custom: The authority of “eternal past,” based on habit. Weber defines custom as largely… patrimonial, and traditional in scope.

Gift of grace/charisma: The authority of the “revelations, heroism, or other leadership qualities of an individual”. Associated with “charisma” of prophets, demagogues, and popular vote.

Statutes: Legality based on valid statutes. Based on rational competence and obedience of the “servant of the state”.

I think most of our politics is concerned with statute at this point. If Weber’s concept for politics works, that means the best areas of opportunity are custom and charisma.