Search

A poetic rendition of political theory.




To be honest, It is an immature, vague and sketchy attempt at poetry. The poem traces the evolution of the discipline of political science in a manner intended to be humorous. I would request you all to go about it without any expectation to learn something of true import. In fact, just keep the expectations to a bare minimum. My apologies are advanced at the beginning, if it turns out to be a sheer waste of time. Happy reading :)

  • The pilgrimage began at Greece, with focus on real knowledge by Socrates

  • It is said that Socrates was a figment of imagination, while plato stressed upon ethics, morality and justice in his recommendation

  • A philosopher king was sought, the idea only a few bought

  • Aristotle, who studied 158 constitutions, gave law as reason without any passions

  • It was only with Machiavelli in Italy, politics without ethics became a reality

  • Soon we entered England, life was solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short, Hobbes suggested leviathan as last resort

  • Man gained reason; Peace, goodwill and mutual assistance were in season

  • Capitalists started gaining ground, property was the source of pound. Locke pronounced it as an inalienable right, his treatise till date shines bright.

  • It was with Rousseau, reason took a dip; romanticism was the idea getting a fillip.

  • He stressed on general will, an idea too quixotic even still

  • Animal spirits of men turned to savagery, pushpin became as good as poetry

  • Bentham stressed upon pleasure and pain, common men now had all the materials to gain

  • Critiqued as pig’s philosophy, for the rescue of Bentham came Mill’s liberty

  • He may be a peter who denied his master, eventually though saved liberty from the imminent disaster

  • Nation states, democracy and liberalism became the flavour of the day, while bourgeoisie in Europe made hay

  • The time was ripe, for Karl Marx to arrive on the stage; as proletariats across the world were subject to shackles and cage

  • A grandiose theory was propounded, claiming all earlier ones as lies, this one was presented as science

  • Material interpretation of history was carried out, class struggle was the resulting bout

  • Workers of the world were asked to unite, a bullet only a few would bite.

  • Marx was criticised for crude economic reductionism, but left a legacy of perpetual radical criticism

  • Gramsci started looking for the predicted graves of the capitalist, but to his bewilderment, they never ceased to persist

  • Reason for same was attributed to hegemony, subaltern class was asked to counter without muscle or money

  • Gramsci wrote his works in Italy’s prisons, Gandhi applied the same in Indian conditions

  • The scourge of fascism reared it’s ugly head, Jews under hitler were bleeding red

  • Then came the woman philosopher, Hannah Arendt

  • She stressed on civil republicanism and people acting in concert, a potent panacea to save liberty from getting hurt

  • Hitler and Nazis were considered devil, but for Hannah it was just banality of evil.

  • Philosophers interpreted the world in various ways, but point however was to mobilise common men’s craze

  • Thus came to fore ideologies, which everyone presented without apologies

  • Though philosophies were complex in nature, ideologies were their simple yet obscure creature

  • Ideologies are the plethora of ‘isms’, a complex contrasting conflicting schism

  • Idealism was an old concept, with Plato, Hegel and Kant it promised a bet, it was appropriated to foster the fascist idea, ideology in a way gave shape to a modern dystopia

  • Liberalism was in vogue, at times it went rogue.

  • Adam smith called for laissez faire, T H Green demanded welfare.

  • Thatcher and Reagan rolled back the state, took away poor man’s pie of cake.

  • The troubles were far too many, inequalities were way too uncanny. Amartya Sen came on the block, neo liberalism got a socialist shock.

  • After Marx, even socialism was to take shape, but criticism of state as instrument of bourgeoisie would never escape

  • Evolutionary socialists were labelled utopian, praxis is what they couldn’t envision.

  • Gramsci and Lenin revised Marxism, one focused on superstructure the other on vanguard of proletariat to reach communism

  • Though October revolution did have a marxist sway, the state unfortunately never withered away

  • Mao Zedong was another Marxist child, communist party of China still hangs tight

  • Frankfurt school favoured emancipation; while structural school continued with inherent trait of radical criticism

  • Fascism was a tool, for demagogues to rule,

  • it was the ideology in hodgepodge, which unfortunately the Italians and Germans couldn’t dodge

  • Last to arrive in the political circus, were the women hitherto confined to domestic ruckus

  • Sex turned into gender, patriarchal stereotypes were to engender. Personal became political, differential citizenship’s argument was critical.

  • Existence is prior to essence, feminists of the that time were sensible enough to sense

  • Ideologies in modern Europe were soon to lose imagination, post modernists started gaining recognition

  • Derrida emphasised on deconstruction, while Foucault gave knowledge power connection

  • Every understanding could be a misunderstanding it was told, theories are discourses, the idea was sold.

  • and I hope this idea of poem was bold ?

I have written the succeeding parts too. Kindly revert to me in the comments section below if you are willing to read those parts.




Don't forget to sign-up and share, also follow me on Twitter.

Follow me on telegram here.







490 views4 comments

Recent Posts

See All

As a citizen of India, with a sense of pride and gratification, I feel happy to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s political independence/ freedom. This gives me the opportunity to express my d

It is generally said and broadly accepted that humankind is at its best in the entire history when it comes to development and progress. Perhaps, nothing could be truer than this assertion! Today, fir