Global Democratic Recession

Global Democratic Recession
  • 5
    Shares

In the seventies, an American scholar Samuel Huntington asserted that the world was moving towards the ideas and practices of democracy in waves. There were obvious tones of triumphalism to Huntington’s assertions. But fast forward only a few decades and the world is in the midst of a democratic recession. The reasons for the recession are manifold but the main ones can be isolated to the monopolization and usurpation of political and even economic power by the elites in the name of the people. Be it the United States or parts of Europe, South America and elsewhere, the movement toward democracy is floundering. Besides the triumphalism that actually begot elite capture of power and influence, the erstwhile movement toward democracy, also begat pride and hubris, perhaps best encapsulated by a very flawed and serf serving thesis titled, ‘ The End of History and the Last Man” , where its author claimed that history, not understood merely as events, had for all practical purposes ended , with the so called and alleged triumph of liberal democracy after the end of the Cold War. This vain, delusional illusion has now been given short shrift by the recession of democracy and reversals thereof. The main challenge to democracy has come in the form of populism whose claim to fame, so to speak, lies in giving back power to people. But, yet again, this is an illusion for stripped of rhetoric, populism too is in the nature of a power grab by its proponents and its front men. In the final analysis, democracy, democratization and its corollaries are concomitants of modernity and modernization. The process of either can be brutal and lead to all sorts of consequences. This is not to demean or impugn democracy but to call into question the fanatical zeal of some of its proponents as democracy being the end all and be all of human affairs. While there is merit to the concept, idea and practice to democracy, it should not be rendered into a fetish. And, for the concept to be successful there can be variations and different flavors to it. Ultimately, human affairs are too complex to be subsumed by mere human constructs. Being human which means being fallible and prone to error, solace must be sought in humility and the fact that as humans we can think and only conceive up to a point. And that human constructs will not axiomatically and fundamentally be perfect. Perfection only belongs to Him!.