Character of the 21st Century
The character of the 21st Century from a political, economic and social perspective would be chaotic. It should be appreciated that the world has gotten to a point of political, economic and social consciousness that puts pressure between the governed and the governors. From a social contract point of view, it is arguably correct to assert that the realisation of the social contract nobles would be effected. However, this process is expected to be chaotic, painful, and gruelling and time consuming. Three main reasons that give this realisation a chaotic character can be cited as inclusive of the following; a ...view middle of the document...
The chaotic nature is illustrated in the depth the citizenry are ready to go in pursuit of the realisation of their beliefs. As the author puts it, the citizens’ actions are not confined to Libya. On the contrary, the rebellion predicate on political consciousness and a desire to realise economic and social liberty rebel against even the most feared and dictatorial systems. The cases of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and currently Syria attest to this assertion. Raffo and others hint at this scenario in their observation of the need for accountability in their treatise which shall be briefly discussed. In conclusion, it is my contention that the political, economic and social awareness should lead to the collective liberation of the masses from the slavery of poverty, dictatorship and mediocrity in terms of political landscape.
However, this political, economic and social consciousness meets opposition from a status quo determined to retain power and instil the dictates of the power structure. These governments have benefited from a hegemony systems that is based on the rule of man rather than the rule of law. This creates a collusion which gives the 21st century its chaotic character. Mearsheim John in his treatise, “Strategies for Survival” puts this position in perspective. He recognises the collusion between the power holders and the citizenry. John observes that national governments would be less ready to secede but instead seek to extend their hegemonic rule to regions (Mearsheim, 2001). John argues his point citing that governments would engage in weaponry such nuclear, accumulation of maximum wealth, among other things. He nuclear superiority war just after world war as evident of the chaotic character of the coming society. Indeed, the current state of affairs where nuclear proliferation continues unabated or with effortless input from world bodies such as United Nations prove this chaotic assertion. The fact that the Security Council has simmering disagreements on how to handle nuclear indulging countries further reflect the attendant regional hegemony development that continue to characterize political systems. In attempts to maintain their hold to power, the political leadership is ready and certain to fight to the tooth. They even would be ready to apply war subject the citizenry to bloodshed and untold suffering. In addition, the chaotic nature of this events would be marked by the accompanying elements of class struggles which in one way or another appear to confirm the fears raised by Karl Marx in his opposition to capitalism (Raffo, Sriram, Spiro, & Biersteker, 2012). However, the conclusion of this bloody and fatal collusion shall effect the final liberation of the citizenry with the democratization of the systems and the attendant fall of dictatorial and fascist systems of government.
The third and final reason pointing to the chaotic nature of the 21st Century relates to the intense application of information technologies and...