Democracy and the Dynamics of Indifference

Stefania Varnero Rawson


The present study adresses the problem of citizen indifference in democracy and argues that there is a causal connection between sovereign state interest and the pervasive influence od indifference among citizenry. This research argues that political indifference is the result of precise dynamics that gradually dissolve the democratic foundations of the state and impose a stronger authority. A a consequence, three dynamics of indifference are proposed as drivers of sovereign interest to render a citizenry passive on issues of democratic importance. There are 'paranoid thinking' based on fear, where a problem marked by urgency activates insecurity and instigates citizens to request the state´s strong intervention. The 'epistemology of control' based on a  central structure of command marks the second dynamic as a progressive pluralisation of powers, with political pratices increasingly substracted to the public's jurisdiction. Finally, the third 'dynamic invisibility and marginality' signals the disappearance of the initial problem from the public interest. I suggest that the use of discourse constructed around these three dynamics is the key to controlled opinions in lieu of a flagrant ideological indoctrination. The resulting effect is that the state is strengthened whilst the civic engagement of citizens desintegrates, yet within processes that remain 'democratic' in form if not substance.

Key-Words: Democracy, Citirency, Political Indifference, Sovereignty.

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