Refugees, displacement, and the European ‘politics of exhaustion’ ..

Democracy seems to me much more appropriate for leading a peaceful society, or for making a sudden and vigorous effort as needed, than for braving for a long time the great storms in the political lives of peoples. The reason for it is simple. Men expose themselves to dangers and privations out of enthusiasm, but they remain exposed for a long time only from reflection. In what is called instinctive courage itself, there is more calculation than we think; and although, in general, passions alone bring about the first efforts, efforts continue with the result in mind. You risk a portion of what is dear in order to save the rest.

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I agree that realistic and pragmatic strategies to address climate change are too often subject to technological reductionism. simplifying the problem by suggesting that our salvation can be found merely through the adoption of green technologies is short-sighted. The answers for reversing climate change exist. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, written by Paul Hawken is an important catalogue of the policies necessary to bring about decarbonization. However, the book is overly optimistic in the sense that it doesn’t pay credit to the reality that finding the political will necessary to enact our strategies to reverse climate change is probably the greater issue. Certainly, re-thinking our definition of growth (à la Paul Hawken’s “Natural Capitalism”) and greater limits to corporate influence in our political institutions are needed if we hope to save capitalism and democracy while solving climate change.

and the European ‘politics of exhaustion ..

I want to believe him, but fear the political realist scenario is more likely, hopefully eased by a dash of technological breakthrough. I don’t think capitalism is compatible with de-growth and neither is democracy, at least not as currently constituted. Companies compete on the basis of price and productivity. That means producing more stuff in most cases. Whatever the well-justified criticisms of GDP as a measure of wellbeing, Governments don’t get elected when the economy is shrinking.

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Their various municipal laws appeared to me as so many barriers that held within a narrow sphere the restless ambition of citizens, and turned to the profit of the town the same democratic passions that could overturn the State. It seemed to me that American legislators had managed to oppose, not without success, the idea of rights to the sentiments of envy; the immobility of religious morality, to the continual movements of the political world; the experience of the people, to their theoretical ignorance; and their habit of affairs, to the hotheadedness of their desires.

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As such, it should be clear from the outset that these ideal types arenot to be taken as supplying normative grounds for passing judgmentson legitimacy claims. After all, these are political-sociologicalcategories rather than full-blown political-philosophical concepts. Bethat as it may, Weber’s political sociology has been accusedvariously of its embedded normative biases. Read in juxtaposition tohis voluminous political writings, it is criticized to this day asharbouring or foreshadowing, among others, Bonapartist caesarism,passive-revolutionary Fordist ideology, quasi-Fascist elitism, andeven proto-Nazism (especially with respect to his robust nationalismand/or nihilistic celebration of power) [inter alia, Strauss1950; Marcuse in Stammer (ed.) 1971; Mommsen 1984; Rehman 2013]. Inaddition to these politically heated charges, Weber’s typologyalso reveals a crucial lacuna even as an empirical politicalsociology. That is to say, it allows scant, or ambiguous, a conceptualtopos for democracy.

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Just how we are to approach democracy is a matter of considerable debate. Different understandings imply contrasting educational practices. Carr and Hartnett (1996: 43-45) provide us with a useful illustration in this respect. They contrast a ‘classical’ conception of democracy (in which democracy is seen as a form of popular power) and a ‘contemporary’ conception where democracy is viewed as a representative system of political decision-making.