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The Other Politics in Europe

lev | 11.07.2007 11:05 | Free Spaces | Globalisation | Social Struggles | London | World

As (Party) Politics moves increasingly, inevitably towards the right, we must now denounce party politics in its entirety and establish a renewed functionality of the open spaces existent within all societies. Such functionality is non-excluding, non-racist, anti-fascist and above all, essentially democratic in nature...

The time has come to not only denounce the political ambitions of certain extreme right wing characters in European politics but also to establish a critique of the political establishment in its entirety which must be held responsible for creating an atmosphere in which such right wing tendencies have potential to flourish.

The aforementioned is a necessity in times where the democratic project is dramatically being reversed and civil liberties and universal rights have been eroded at the expense of national security and where right wing parties find increased legitimacy within the current political order. They (the politicians) seem to want more freedom at the expense of less freedom and here, of course quantative freedom dominates its qualitative counterpart. This is only possible in an environment where the containment of social change through a rationalization of the established social and political order, the manipulation of the idea of reason, and the satisfaction of needs are retained and perpetuate the servitude of the exploited.

For now, we must acknowledge that the means to achieve an alternative approach to the current social and neo liberal order, one which continuously extents its sphere of authority throughout all aspects of our life world, cannot be found in reiterating and emphasizing politics in its current embodiment. That is not to same as to say that we must denounce politics in its entirety, but at least acknowledge the possibility and potential of an organization of organizations that establishes a commonality, a common and mutual identity, between social movements that in one way or another seek to change the status quo. This means a politics from below, a politics that empowers the people who then take up their own destiny to achieve universal freedom and justice for all. Thus where our liberal democracy separates the people with the rule, in can, and not only in theory, form a much needed synthesis that contributes to justice and peace for all on the basis of common ideas, language, and ownership.

For the next few years I will be researching the potentiality of radical change outside the current political establishment by denouncing the politics of any party within the political Dutch establishment in order to formulate not only a critique but also to construct a anti-manifesto that would re-create a new social common space in which a multitude of fellow Dutchmen will no longer be ignored, marginalized, and manipulated. In short the politics from below facilitates a democratic sphere on which I believe we can build a better future and another end of history.

For this reason I would like anyone who might see potential in such politics from below to contribute or criticize aforementioned proposals.


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20.03.2008 16:13

Sorry but I cannot comprehend what u have said here. Need more explanation and clarifying. Some sentences are just too long. Anyway, do u carry on this to be your thesis for ur PhD postgraduate?

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