The radicalization of politics - a threat to democracy

Tydskrif Vir Geesteswetenskappe
2017 Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe   unpublished
The radicalization of politics-a threat to democracy The past two decades are characterised by a growing radicalization of politics and a resurgence of ideologies. This inevitably leads to a disregard for the plurality and multifariousness of people(s), thereby posing a serious threat to democracy. Politics (and the concept of "democracy") is reduced to a post-colonial struggle against racism and discrimination, against the exclusion of the "other", which allegedly lies at the bottom of all
more » ... e bottom of all that is bad and evil in society. Politics basically becomes synonymous with the exclusion of all exclusions. The only exclusion which is acceptable and indeed propagated in terms of this logic, is the exclusion of Radikalisering van die politiek-'n gevaar vir die demokrasie The radicalization of politics-a threat to democracy Marinus schoeMan
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