Is cynicism about politics bad for society

politics and society : Power, morality, cynicism

An interesting phenomenon can be observed that is spreading even in Europe. In France, even more at the beginning, in Germany more so, there is a renewed unease among the citizens, voters, about the state of politics; and a concern that inevitably deals more deeply with the classic type of politician. Eduard Spranger, the philosopher and psychologist, portrayed him in the last century as a man of power, who puts emphasis on himself and self-assertion above everything, and thus as someone who is not a warm-hearted philanthropist. The good thing about the argument is that a society that is increasingly reassuring itself apparently no longer wants such behavior, at least not unconditionally.

Now the whole ruling class is not bad, no, the efforts to reveal the mere striving for power have become stronger. Not one of the powerful, Horst-Eberhard Richter predicted years ago, will be able to be more sure that someone would help him to conceal falsehoods or machinations. That's how it happened. Over time, the standards for state representatives have been readjusted, whether their name is Francois Hollande or Christian Wulff, or, or, or. The process of Hans-Peter Friedrich ff., To call him that, also falls into this category. Anyone who is supposed to represent the rule of law, but seems to trample it (even if only because it is dumb), strengthens suspicion that a sense of social responsibility is not far off, but that egotistical power thinking prevails.

Richter concluded at the time that a new ethic was needed. A big word! Especially since he was thinking of one that is not only dealt with in terms of the leaders - who we have also looked for ourselves. Accordingly, this ethic has not yet materialized, far from it. But a step has been taken: There is growing skepticism towards the officials, to whom authority was previously granted in abundance as a matter of course. However, since they are often questioning their authority themselves, social development follows. One could say: A school of skepticism is emerging.

Every day and evening we encounter new messages, new statements, new formations, wrote the great author Robert Walser. Though thoughts, things, and deeds appeared to be alike for centuries and even more so for weeks. But, asked Walser, should that lead us to inattentiveness? Just not. Because today, in view of the abundance of things worth knowing, the following applies all the more: The criteria for what constitutes good, preventive, democracy and rule-of-law policy are subject to ever new scrutiny, regardless of their original reason. Translated into a requirement for politicians, this means that more than ever, power demands the defense against cynicism, which often creeps up in influential offices.

Where rules change - and should change - a social debate must take place about them. That is the self-assurance I was talking about. But such a debate does not inevitably lead to calm, but can also lead to further protests: among those who will soon be in demand as voters, in France, in Germany, in the European elections. Let no one be surprised, the politicians last.

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