The Crisis of Democracy by Joachim Hirsch

The Crisis of Democracy by Joachim Hirsch, February 2019

Decisions affecting social development are in the hands of private investors and state policy depends on their actions. The increasingly unequal income- and wealth distribution is the result of a strategic governmental policy that reacted to a capitalist crisis.

The social consensus made possible the relative stability of liberal democracy up to the 1970s. In the meantime, this has reversed. Looking to the future opens up uncertainty and anxiety and not hope anymore.

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1 Response to The Crisis of Democracy by Joachim Hirsch

  1. Marc says:

    The future is multipolar, not unipolar or bipolar! The US with its endless wars and UN-bashing is a needy country and not the final authority on anything! Greatness comes with acknowledging others and admitting aggressiveness and short-sightedness.
    The ego must die for the self to be born. Christian liberation theology, Jewish socialism, and Buddhism agree that abundant life comes through rethinking and abandoning false securities like the ego.
    The future that is open and dynamic looks different than a future that is closed and static. Erich From in “Escape from Freedom” saw Nazism as the result of a fear of freedom. Estranged persons supported an authoritarian propagandist as escapism and refusal toward socialist awakening. Herbert Marcuse in “One-Dimensional Man” warned of false consciousness and false needs. A culture industry, he said, would bring about a one-dimensional society without opposition.
    Fear of the new and fear of the unknown are natural and must be combated by enlightenment. Alliances of anti-fascism and anti-laissez-faire capitalism are vital for a future-friendly world without hatred, war, and violence. These alliances can break the power of myopic and fear-mongering demagogues.
    Resistance is part of our nature as antibodies are part of our bodies! Happy are the critics and post-materialists not rushing from store to store!

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