Den politiske tidsmaskine

Der er sket meget i dansk politik i de seneste 20 år.  13 partier stiller op til folketinget til folketingsvalget 2019. Fem af dem fandtes ikke i 1999. Og så er der kommet mere fokus på to af valgkampens store emner, klima og udlændingepolitik, siden dengang.

Kom med i den politiske tidsmaskine, og se hvad partierne mener nu og for tyve år siden om disse to emner. Read more of this post

Det politiske spil overskyggede politikken i Thornings spørgetime

Skyerne trækker sig sammen over Christiansborg denne tirsdag i juni. En hær af journalister jagter detaljer om Lars Løkke Rasmussens bilagssag på Christiansborgs gange. Kun otte er til stede i presselogen til statsministerens spørgetime.

Klokken seks minutter i et sætter Mogens Lykketoft sig i sin formandsstol i folketingssalen. Statsministerens spørgetime skal til at begynde, en debatform der blev indført sidste år. Mogens Lykketoft, som har stået ”fadder” til idéen, siger at man har fået idéen fra det Britiske parlaments Prime Ministers Question Time, og han mener at den vi kunne skabe en mere livlig og principiel politisk debat i Danmark. Read more of this post

Disobedience is our truest virtue

Those who follow whatever conventional political observance is currently in vogue, whether nationally or internationally, always tend to see any alternatives as being utopian. I grant them that it is always easier to explain or argue for any political system or ideology that is widely employed.  The results and benefits of any such system always seem self-explanatory – especially if any dissent towards it has been more or less silenced or ridiculed.

The problem with such an orthodox frame of mind, however, is that it is reactionary and at odds with all attempts at any true progress. To truly believe in the infallibility of the powers that be and the ideology that they promote or follow is in effect to believe that all that is, is all that will ever be and that no further progress can be made. As George Orwell wrote in 1984, “Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness”. Read more of this post

The relevance of Black Consciousness today

To truly be able to determine whether Black Consciousness is relevant today, an analysis of the way South Africa has fared under the ANC’s administration is necessary, something that is outside the scope of this article. Nevertheless, it is possible to suggest some overarching areas in which Black Consciousness can still inform or develop present day South Africa.

Steve Biko, by pointing out that any “change in color of the occupier does not necessarily change the system” and thus that true liberation requires social change, is alluding to the same neo-colonial tendencies that Fanon warned of. The relevance of Black Consciousness in a social context is therefore to be judged on whether South Africa has achieved real social change, as well as on the quality of Black Consciousness’ social and political alternatives to the present-day policies of the ANC. Read more of this post