मंगलवार, 25 अक्तूबर 2016

The Freedom Upsurge

What Colin Crouch calls post-democracy and post-post democracy are in fact taking place simultaneously. Democratic institutions are growingly becoming non-functional or dysfunctional, but indiviudal freedom is gaining ground.

Here, however I wish to make a different point. What I see happening is the streamlining of democracy as many of the services for which we needed democracy earlier have been or are being taken over by the market for good.

Secondly, the widely expanded scope of freedom as a result of globalisation, liberalisation and new technologies have to sink in systems, which have to be global and more intricate.

Right now what we see is the unsettling of institutions and systems, which are simply incapable of handling the new democratic upsurge, and its vicious opposition by the entrenched interests.

Niraj Kumar Jha

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