The Global Death of the Political

The Global Death of the Political
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The realm and domain of the political has effectively become a dead letter. Be it politics in the once upon a time lodestar of the West, the United States, or the politics in Europe, Asia and even Africa, the political has ceased to become a causative agent of positive change. In fact, across the world, there is regress. It might not constitute an exaggeration to state that the progress that mankind has witnessed, in many areas and domains, over centuries is at risk , all because of politics and the political. In theory, politics was supposed to ameliorate the human condition, in and within local flavors, at times, and beyond these, at others. But, this has proven to be a canard. The return of the national, the retreat of the state , the jealous( or even zealous) guardianship of sovereignty, foreign policy as a zero sum game, the return of the politics and economics of mercantilism, the diminishing of human rights and so on suggest a world where the political has ceased to inspire ideals and public good. All this would not have mattered but the occlusion of the political and politics as an arena for the welfare of peoples carries serious consequences. It not only threatens progress( expansively defined) but also carries the potential of disorders and the regress of mankind into atavistic violence( again expansively defined). The question is: is there redemption on the horizon? And, if there is, what would or could be its nature? Politics and the political globally have become so disconnected, rancorous ,and even vicious that redemption, welfare of the peoples might not be found in these. But, there is a bit of a paradox involved here: the political is important and even vital. Given this essential nature of politics and the political, it is imperative that politics revert or actually get reformed as that vocation whose raison d’etre revolves around the welfare of people and public good. (The reference here is to politics around and across the world). But, this might be a Sisyphean endeavor. It may be recalled that Sisyphus in Greek mythology was condemned to roll a stone up a hill. But, once he reached the top , the stone rolled back again and again. The same may hold true for politics and political around the world. But, this should not mean that no attempt should be made to clean politics. Real redemption then would actually lie in the spiritual where peoples’ selves instead of running around in circles gyrate and veer to the spiritual dimensions of life, in a way wherein the selves of people are attuned with the Creator’s moral, spiritual and ethical compass. The rest is all ephemeral and temporary.