By Zaki Laidi
During this provocative and incisive ebook, Zaki Laidi argues that as our international turns into ever higher, our skill to discover that means in it diminishes. With the top of communism got here the tip of the intimate alliance among energy and beliefs. No strength in our globalised global can any more declare to supply that means. In melancholy we glance again to previous types (religious traditions, nationalism, ethnicity) to provide us a feeling of identification. yet in a globalised international in an enduring country of flux, just how powerful are those previous certainties?
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For that to happen it must be possible to envisage political institutions in a position to manage that order. 8 It is perhaps because of this philosophical gap, rather than a sort of ‘cultural unsuitability for democracy’, that the Chinese democratic structure is so fragile. This hypothesis is probably not the only one that ought to be taken into account, but it seems to have at least one merit: it goes beyond the static and sterile debate between those who see in the resistance to democracy the alibi of this very authoritarianism, and those for whom democracy is decidedly too perishable to be exported to ‘faraway countries’.
It would be useful to summarize here the chronology of the post-Cold War period, or, more appropriately, periods. There are several ‘post-Cold War periods’ The first post-Cold War period began with the fall of the Wall and finished with the start of the Gulf crisis. It was the euphoric period during which the Kantian and Hegelian theses of perpetual peace and the triumph of reason flourished. It was especially, therefore, the period during which we thought the winding-up of the Cold War could be a limited moment in time and space.
It did not fool Václav Havel, who said he had ‘noted with some horror that his impatience had something communist about it’. 13 The political culture of impatience is explained both by the communist inheritance and by the nature of present time, the constraints of world time. East European societies implicitly hoped for an immediate reward for their rejection of the Marxist telos, rapid compensation for what they had renounced. They perceived ‘market democracy’ as their due and not as a hazardous structure that did not offer much security socially.
A World Without Meaning: The Crisis of Meaning in International Politics by Zaki Laidi