Political Culture in Wild Capitalism
20 November, 2014
Political Culture in Wild Capitalism
Only quarter of a century ago, advent of capitalism onto this land sounded like thundershower – we all got drenched and cold and hungry too. In socialism, we moved around and worked, and even enjoyed life, but we were not concerned about the consequence, passively waiting for some good that would happen to us. Then capitalism – the time of reasonable action – came in with its sweeping wildness, having altered our way of life, introducing new rules of winning bread
and mastering new political games. New approaches and outlooks, new convictions and principles, new emotions and attitudes made their way into social, economic and political processes, creating chronic sense of instability and fear for the morrow day in all of us. Time lapsed, and all those ups and downs of survival course are seemingly gone, but in reality, unruliness of our home-made wild capitalism is still around, and its begotten rough and rutty paths are still present, especially in politics. There is some vicious streak instilled in Georgia’s political flesh-and-blood that has kept this land and its people from enjoying balance between what the politicians are doing and actual result of their doings. The entire political effort of this nation, undertaken in the last twenty-five years, has yielded into heartbreaking discrepancy between what our people need for living better and what its political elite have been trying to accomplish all this time. Starting from the very day of Soviet Georgia’s demise up until now, the street manifestations, taken together, would probably make millions of people in aggregate number. We are always in the street with our political feelings and petitions, giving a bizarre form and weird sense to the political process in Georgia. It is not easy for a rank-and-file like me to make a sensible assumption of what might be governing this nation’s political behavior. What is seen on the surface makes me nervous, and the more I watch the process, the more restless I become, being always at a loss when it comes to grasping the authentic content of the ongoing political process, part of which we all are. What we need is healthy political decisions to see at work. I can no longer put up with this amount of talks-and-no-deeds. I want to witness in my lifetime the harmony between internationally recognized political ideals and the average standard with which we are operating. I want to see our political culture elevated to the height where all necessary political exigencies are seen through, recognized and taken care of patiently. Personal experience and behavior of our functioning politicians make up our overall national political behavior. Therefore, each individual, involved in politics, must be made responsible for every single word uttered. Every piece of action that comes from our political men and women has to be controlled in the strictest possible fashion. All is happening within our political system, which has resulted as the workings of our collective political mind and history, thus having molded our political culture that we are currently practicing. Georgia is a rather small but an independent state with fully developed and functioning governmental branches. And the Georgian citizenry are aware of governmental activity, in most of the cases putting up with all administrative choices and decisions. We all have certain knowledge and interest in politics but we are only remotely aware of what kind of thoughts and attitudes are brewing in the heads of our decision makers. We are only familiar with what is reflected on the outside. A strong, well-built and institutionally inclusive political culture, which is not yet fully present in Georgia, would have saved us from wasting time on outdoor political attempts to correct mistakes effectively and timely. Our current political culture could only be efficient if it manages to have all its actors and institutions solidly sitting around the table and quietly discussing the pains of the nation in search for the wisest possible ways out. We probably have enough intellectual resource to make this happen. We only lack the will to let our political culture be more effectual. And who can do all that? Only the most brilliant and knowledgeable part of the Nation – its intellectual elite, who knows right from wrong! The former soviet states like Georgia are still in agonizing process of conversion from socialism to capitalism. And the process of transformation has its characteristic stages. One of them is wild capitalism, the unlawful, chummy and corrupt economic system which has begotten the deceitful, crony and shady political culture, conducive to destructive business ethics and dysfunctional governance. This is all clearly detrimental to the nation’s general progress. The intellectual elite could save the day but this superior and capable group should also be fearless and aggressive enough to suggest confrontational actions against what makes Georgia’s political culture oriented on outdoor crowd mentality, and its economic system based on wild capitalism. Georgia needs undelayed renovation of its political culture. Throwing in the example of the American political culture, its foundation was laid by the intellectual elite who started the nation almost two and a half centuries ago somewhere in a small indoor space where the famous geniuses hammered out the law of the land for their people, effectively functioning up until these days. I don’t think they needed the help of the crowds yelling in the open air. Why do we?
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