By Dr. Donny Gahral Adian, M.Hum | Politeness is a dangerous political measure. Politeness can hide subtle new kind of authoritarianism and hegemonic. Authoritarian leaders may obscure otoritarianismenya with civility so that the people had become indecisive to immediately pass judgment.
Belakangan, political fights felt was excessive. SBY reminded party members to engage in politics in a dignified manner. Politeness, for SBY, is a new code of political interaction in order to make it more civilized.
Politics was reduced to such manners as we sat together at the dinner table. The problem is, politeness is often used to hide the lies. Politeness is a front page that makes the moral damage be subtle. True mannered political modus operandi is dangerous. Decades we've been held hostage by the politeness of the
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Both the President of the Republic of Indonesia (1966-1988)New Order. History should not be repeated.
SBY pioneered political mannered spread like a virus to almost all the leaders of the republic. All busy conducting herself in front of the mirror in order to suck up public support. Policies lose their substance. Policy makers themselves so busy polishing the wrong policies of the people are not palpable.
We often think of authoritarianism as something violent and trengginas. Philosopher Machiavelli virtu talking about a character who must have an authoritarian leader. Virtu is a series of personal character that needed a leader to retain power.
For the sake of power, a leader must be able to act on the situation. In situations of danger (fortuna), the leader must act trengginas. When the situation is resolved, the leader again behave ethically, take care of the people that marred.
Departing from Machiavelli, politeness can be read as an indication of political sins. The more polite a political leader more sins to hide. Politeness is like a mask that hides the moral anti-moral. The thicker the higher politeness masks our suspicions. Politeness is like purgatory that is intended to wash away the sins of politics. Politeness does not just clean up the past, but at the same time securing the future. When political sin again performed, then it is immediately neutralized by the collective memory of the sinner politeness. This is why we often hear a man say, "He was troubled, but his manners."
Politeness is a dangerous political measure. Politeness can hide subtle new kind of authoritarianism and hegemonic. Authoritarian leaders may obscure otoritarianismenya with civility so that the people had become indecisive to immediately pass judgment. The enlightened middle class may still critical. However, most of the people we easily mesmerized by the lull of political manners. Politics is like opium to the people politely not see reality.
To be honest, republican political reality is very grim. A series extending from the rising political sin SBY regime. First, let the political sins of state funds used to bail out losses from Lapindo. Second, the political sin not immediately carry out the mandate Social Security Law (National Social Security System). Third, the political sin of giving to the Bank Century bailout. Fourth, political sin to raise fuel prices. Finally, the political sin pardoning drug queen from Australia. All of it is a political reality that would like to be covered with politeness. Politeness is constantly pumped into the public sphere, while the democratic rights of the people are consistently harmed.
SBY pioneered political mannered spread like a virus to almost all the leaders of the republic. All busy conducting herself in front of the mirror in order to suck up public support. Policies lose their substance. Policy makers themselves so busy polishing the wrong policies of the people are not palpable. All vying to be one breath to the people. There is a mayor who ride motorcycles to work. There is also
See List of MinisterMinister who switched professions to become toll gate keeper. Our public space was transformed into a gallery of politeness.
As a result, democracy was reduced to "show personality". A political consultant engineers militant personality. Policy is still the benchmark. However, more people remember politeness rather than policy. This is an opportunity
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Leaders and policy is like clay that can be shaped at will. Substance loses meaning in such a political atmosphere. We no longer question whether a policy contrary to the constitution or not. We questioned the style of dress, hair and manners of the
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Politeness leveling inter-ideological demarcation republican leader. All look the same as the ethical, ideal, and integrity. We fail to distinguish between leaders who held a constitutional republic based and where the carrying another ideology. Leaders who give permission establishment of the mall with her face that protects traditional markets. Leaders who subsidize evil bankers like him who raising farm subsidies.
The above conditions make democracy like political window dressing that made the choice becomes meaningless. It's just like when we go shopping at the supermarket and pick goods. We are forced to buy the look, not the substance. Political work and track record neglected. We go back a long time stuck error: choose one such item. Choosing personality attributes rather than ideological and political work basis.
Time for political civility far removed from the indicator republican leaders. We do not need manners leader, but he who dared run purely constitutional and consistent. Brave the constitution when the contract work with multinational companies harm the republic. Politeness makes us become what Nietzsche said, slaves who glorify woes.
Political indicator for me is a constitutional guts. Dare to renegotiate the contract work. Dare to drag human rights violators. Dare to run Social Security. Bold resolve border issues with neighboring countries. Thus, hopefully we get a leader who is not polite. Opinion TokohIndonesia.com | RBH
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Author: Dr. Donny Gahral Adian, M. Hum, FIB Political Philosophy Lecturer, University of Indonesia. Published in Kompas Daily, June 26, 2012 under the title: Danger Courtesy Politics.