Discourse has been in politics since the beginning of its creation. There have always been well-documented examples of political discourse, whether it was Greek or the Romans or any other politically dominant era. Even in the digital era, discourse and discussion are alive. A great example of this is the anonymous content website The Doe. However, just as long as discourse has existed, so too has its ultimatum. Which, unfortunately, has been violence and war.
Recently, in the last few years, the ever-increasing incidents of war and violence have been on the rise. Which raises the question of what state is a discourse in? Is it well preserved? Or is discourse faltering, decaying, almost being replaced by violence as a substitute?
Around the world, countries have grown hostile towards each other. Foreign relations have deteriorated. This approach and behavior in global relations started when the President of the United States was Donald Trump. Trump may have gotten the ball rolling, but the momentum picked up the pace well past his presidency.
Today, populist politics has been on the rise as of late, in Europe, South America and the United States. People have become more and more drawn to political figures that come as dictators and tyrants almost. Leaders with authoritative characteristics. Who promote populist speech, hollow statements, and aggressive rhetoric.
Needless to say, such figures aren’t known for their ability to negotiate, parlay, and partake in discourse. They rather pursue a hostile approach. Using methods like intimidation and bullying, coupled with threats to achieve their goals.
This sort of populist politics has paved the way for the deterioration of discourse. Today discourse has reached levels of all time low. Instead of the go to solution for conflict resolution, it’s often used as a last resort, once the methods of violence and destruction have been exhausted.
Today, individuals, governments, countries, are less and less often resorting to discourse and dialogue to solve a dilemma or a problem. Rather, they choose to pursue aggressive means. Means such as threatening, bullying, intimidation, , fear and other bulldozer tactics are what resolve disputes these days. The idea is to bully your opponent to submission, rather than achieve a consensus outcome that satisfies all parties.
This is the path that has been pursued by many political parties, and peoples, across the world. That’s right, lack of discourse isn’t reserved to just governments and government officials. Individuals, everyday people, have become less prone to discourse, and more prone to violence. Today, protests are the main means of voicing one’s opinion and trying to reach a solution.
As the world’s problems will undoubtedly continue to increase, and pile on top of each other, more and more people will be less happy about their current living conditions, which could trigger more violent unrest. It is up to people to find a way back to the fundamental way of performing politics. They need to find their way back to the round table, taking a seat, and discussing matters with civility and valor. They need to find a way back to solving issues as one, and not burn bridges so that the road back becomes impossible, and the road ahead becomes daunting.