The Consequences of De-Politicization
The anticipated and unanticipated consequences of a de-politicized society
Generation Y, or the so-called Lost Generation, is often accused of being apathetic of its circumstances; the engineer of its own decline by act of indifference. Critics opine that “kids today” are uninterested in the future of political discourse and the importance it plays in the advancement of society and culture. One writer, as far back in the past as 1959, accused the youth of having “no ardor except for the tentative safety of the quiet suburb: an orthodoxy of indifference. They have only an overriding fear of commitment and a will to be let alone.”
This distinctive political “disengagement” can indeed be observed with increasing effect through history. From dropping voter turnouts to the impassive response of the public to what can only be called political tomfoolery, it is evident that today, more than ever, society is politically disengaged. Political culture along with various other socio-cultural factors is often blamed on both sides of this accusation.
Of course, there are two things at play here and in order to be examined, their distinction must be highlighted: (1) that society is indifferent to politics, or (2) that society is unable or incapable of being political.
Considering the latter alternative first, we can say that this is a worrying state of affairs, but this inability or incapability is foreign to the concept of democracy and thus can