Wednesday, May 22, 2024

POPULISM AND ELECTIONS IN NORTH MACEDONIA

This schematic situation is not so simple, because the discursive political context is populated by characters who resemble literary characters in many ways. Elections are “trade” seasons, but also seasons of migrations from one party to another. Usually, the loudest and most aggressive ones are those who pass the vibrations of political “conscience” from one side to another. As Shakespeare says in his verse, “they put out poison which they don’t have in their hearts.” They must show loyalty for the Balkan typology politics, without any principle of functioning; such a thing continues to be normal.

Author: Bardhyl Zaimi

In these December’s days, the election “temperature” is starting to be felt everywhere. Political parties have already started “to go” on the ground in order to be “knee to knee” with people. You can feel everywhere the “steam” of politics, the fog of expectations that comes in a shape of mysterious clouds and in most cases epic. Election date seems a long way off, but the fever of vital victories and losses is so close. 

Mobilizing statements, calculations, but also aggressive partisan “aradats” have already “sharpened” the toes of striking statuses and disqualifying comments, as has always been the case throughout election cycles. Ideologies, politics requires lustful hatred, says George Conrad, author of the book “Antipolitics”. Politics requires schemes and in this environment, these schemes have been repeatedly tried. Fatigue and frustration have long been synonyms of politics.

In addition, this schematic situation is not so simple, because the discursive political context is populated by characters who resemble literary characters in many ways. Elections are trading seasons, but also seasons of traveling from one party to another. Usually, the loudest and most aggressive are those who transmit vibrations of political consciousness from side to side. As Shakespeare says in a verse, “they put out poison which they have not in their hearts.” They must show loyalty for the politics of Balkan typology, without any principle of functioning; such a thing continues to be normal.

In fact, in this political space you can ask for anything, but not normality. Since the beginning of pluralism, politics has been set back in the dark Kafka’s labyrinth. It is precisely that in this labyrinth are produced political and economic oligarchies that have subsequently manipulated with citizens’ inherent democratic tendencies. Never undefined shadows in their trap have created lustful divisions outside of normal political logic. Former sinners have emerged as present-day saints. The battle has continued, not between them, but between the people who have become part of the scheme and the perfect management of the existential shocking situations that are designed as hatred and gladiatorial wars.

The political and democratic space has always been shrinking and defragmenting into militant and logical protagonism. Politics does not mean a show. However, the “patient” creators of the oligarchic salons have not hesitated to place on the political and democratic space the guillotine of existential insecurity in order to play easier with the ethnic antagonisms that have repeatedly produced ethnic “saviors” and human destinies.

All the protagonists of the current political scene are derivatives of this misanthropic scene, whose veins lie in the ruins of transition.

Fatally, salvation is seen in the logic that comes from these ruins. Even in seemingly noble missions, the matrices are decorated by ubiquitous, corrupt oligarchies that were never punished by justice, despite the fact that they have repeatedly raised suspicions. They are again part of the political scene as a political and democratic mindset and intrigue. They are in a new “democratic” role and are already dealing with systemic “reforms” in the integration process.

Hence, there are two divided hemispheres in North Macedonia. The hemisphere of political actors that has degenerated into utilitarian, extinct pragmatism, and the bleak hemisphere of the citizens who despite all their desires maintain a connection to this predetermined scheme. At all times, the political and economic elites have fueled a kind of populism, which has been accepted with unbearable ease by some citizens. Despite the fact that nearly three decades have already passed since the establishment of the democratic system, a more inclusive modern political emancipation still seems remote.

Even in this prelude to early elections, it continues with the same habit. The cult of leader and party seems to have triumphed over democratization and projected policies. Contemplation has triumphed over constructive criticism and dissent in the same story. Cacophony and rhetoric have triumphed over political vision, oversight and solutions to the accumulated problems that burden citizens.

Political parties care more about their political egocentrism than about the real situation of citizens who spend their days hoping for change. There seems to be no end to the political games produced somewhere in the Caucasian labyrinths of political alienation. The square of uniform politics has been opened as ever, while the same steepening refrains are heard.

It seems very difficult to move on to another level of policymaking. An attractive force coming from the permanent elites always shifts the coordinates of politics to empty rhetoric and never-ending promises. It is a vicious circle that keeps creative political energies blocked and creates a conflicting environment for barren clashes.

For almost three decades, it has not been possible to move on to another political concept that recognizes precise and modern articulations of the many problems facing the citizens as a stack. One hundred systemic interdependencies have produced an indifferent machinery that decomposes institutional life and makes it impossible to create a disposition for alternative articulations to the many problems that now remain observable as theory and practice in European countries.

It is also likely that these elections will “float” in the thick fog of eternal transition defects. In these elections, too, it is likely that the topics of division and party benefits will be promoted. Electoral machinery is turned on to process the weary and powerless electorate. In the absence of political ideas, repetition remains the only thing that can be offered to citizens. The game has started and party marches are heard everywhere!

 

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