Donald Trump is far from the only new racist leader out there, you can also include the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Great Britain and, imminently, France.
They are backed by a large share of their people – a democracy’s weakness is that the idiocy of the masses could prove decisive. We see increased polarising and confrontation – tensions grow in step with the military budgets. Our civilisation is in the midst of a vicious circle. The prize of winning with military power is hard to realise eventually: Pointing a gun at your opponent can never be anything but a temporary solution.
The world’s humanist «minorities» are now required to fight more than ever before across the borders
How can we retaliate other than through civilian disobedience? We must not be influenced by this industry of fear and hate. What is vital now, is tolerance, decency and solidarity at an international level. We can see that several state apparatuses as institutions are corrupt, and these need to be curbed. And what exactly make people want to be suppressed, to answer to «bosses» such as Trump, Erdogan, Putin, Netanyahu, Assad and Le Pen? No, it is time for civil society to regain more powers, for the participant-democratic institutions and interest-communities to become increasingly dominant – across the borders.
We saw how the USA election revealed the meaning of state & capital with Hillary’s close ties with the elite – which, evidently, proved enough for the American people. Trump, though, is clearly a much worse alternative. The candidates Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein were at least sensible, but obviously belong to a thinking, charitable minority.
Interestingly enough, at October’s documentary film festival DOK Leipzig, several of the participating film makers were influenced by what festival leader Leena Pasanen terms disobedience. Some of the debates focused on the possibilities of this happening in potentially Poland and Turkey. «A new cinema of moral unrest» was sought, and questions asked whether a new wave of societal critique is about to be unleashed. We who form part of society’s critical «minorities», want alternative spaces featuring both ecological and solidarity role models – we want to avoid vulgarity, racism, homophobia, ignorant conservatism (think Polish abortion laws) and US turnover successes as a way to measure life.
The following week, during the Eurozine network conference at the Gdansk House of Solidarity, Poland, solidarity was in focus. The world’s humanist «minorities» are now required to fight more than ever before across the borders – a feudalism and cosmos politics and preferably a world citizenship, based on all man created equal. And the French Revolution mottos of liberty, equality and fraternity, what we now need more than ever before, is perhaps the latter.
Whilst state powers with their militaristic leaders fire up under enemy images – whether Russia, Muslims or «threatening» immigrants – the diplomacy of brotherhood is what is required now on our little Earth. Without disobedience against the new populistic state powers and an encompassing, international solidarity, this situation will regress from bad to worse.