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A Political Life Without Ideas or Values

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Politics as a sphere that is shaped by a struggle of ideas and causes no longer exists. That’s the conclusion emerging from Haaretz editor Aluf Benn’s fascinating and important analysis of the voting breakdown in the last election campaigns, in regard to each specific community’s socioeconomic status. Benn put a stethoscope to the heart of modern politics – the idea – and heard nothing. Nothing moved. A deafening silence.

It’s important to understand: Modern, liberal politics without ideas or ideology is really a body without a soul. The political procedure’s purpose is to enable a discussion, a decision and an implementation of ideas and values that the citizens believe in and want to act upon. This was the great promise of “the political era:” creating states molded by the ideas and thoughts of their citizens. When there are no ideas and values – what’s left?

The big words written and uttered with pathos in the social media and newspapers are no motivation for real action or for change. Everything is frozen, standing still, artificial.........

© Haaretz