Monday, October 24, 2011

Parties are the only lawful means

[In my opinion in a real democracy there is no scope for for Political Parties. In the West the society is divided in Class while Indian society is divided into Castes, Classes, Religions, Sects, Languages, Regions etc. In India the political parties are based on castes, religions, regions etc. Political Parties have lost their philosophical base and as such they have lost credibility with the masses. - Narendra Dubey]

[I’ve noticed this about Egyptians. Their opinions on anything tend to be very personal, idiosyncratic, belonging to themselves alone. In America, despite its reputation as the land of individualism, everyone tends to fall into some sort of cookie cutter “type” when it comes to political opinions. Listen to any American about politics for 15 seconds, and usually you can predict all the rest. I’m not sure why that’s so, but it’s true.
Michel Serres thinks it’s the egalitarian imperative, that in America you have to immediately form an emotional consensus with some interest group and represent all of their views loyally without dissent, whereas according to Serres there is still plenty of room for sharply defined individual opinion in the French Republic. Not sure, but it’s definitely true that political opinions are more unpredictable in almost any country in the world aside from the USA, where you have the typical liberal, the typical radical, the typical moderate, the typical conservative, the typical nut job, etc. I once heard someone call Americans “opinionated,” but that is the exact opposite of the truth.
Americans sometimes talk far too much without any social awareness, but in no way are Americans likely to get in your face with their opinions, or at least not about politics. In France, old friends quite often “break” with each other over political differences, which would happen in the U.S. only under the most extreme circumstances. There’s an almost religious observance of letting everyone be entitled to their own opinions.
today’s taxi driver - Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman) on Oct 23, 2011 11:03 PM]

Dubey is perhaps echoing JP's Partyless Democracy but considering the present world situation, better let it remain a utopian dream. We often forget the fact that India is constituted by law and political parties are the only lawful means to bring about any modification in the polity. Joining a party, therefore, is of crucial importance instead of supporting Hazare's proposed fast.

Harman makes some interesting comments regarding the Americans, but observing Heehs and Carlson has been utterly disappointing on our part. Broad generalisations have their own utility, but there is no escape from the reality of pedigree, varna, guna, karma, swabhav, etc. [TNM55]

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