Political Rationalism

121128-4packs-kb-150pThe EU elections fade away into the void and Boko Haram now become the subject of ‘total war’ by the Nigerian government. In the meantime two teenage girls went into a field in India to defecate and were subsequently found hanged having been raped. Philip Morris is suing Uruguay for US$25million alleging anti-smoking laws (aka health warnings) are impinging on cigarette sales (read: profits).

So here we have our ‘Around the World in 80 Seconds’:

  • Uruguay, a poor South American nation, will be fighting Philip Morris, a multi-billion dollar cigarette company, for the next three years,
  • five men have been arrested in connection with the girls’ rape and hanging,
  • Nigeria is at total war with terrorists and,
  • some people still think Conchita Wurst was a candidate in EU politics.

Such is the nature of the world in which we live.

This evening I am reading for my assignment in my course, The European Union in Global Governance. In contemplating political Rationalism, Constructivism and Liberalism I consider this quote:

Political realism does not require, nor does it condone, indifference to political ideals and moral principles, but it requires indeed a sharp distinction between the desirable and the possible — between what is desirable everywhere and at all times and what is possible under the concrete circumstances of time and place. ~Hans Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations

urlIn considering my 80 seconds of news I wonder how I, and others, can bring about ‘the desirable’ in our world where possibility is played out in temporal concreteness? Can EU voters be encouraged to think beyond their Eurovision? Can the world become a place where terrorists do not need to terrorise? Can people teach their sons and daughters to give, instead of taking? Can corporations become responsible harbingers of health and conscience? What role do our politicians take in all this?

Is it just me or does someone else also see the need to – and the possibility of – closing the gap?…

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