by Philip Holthoff
It has often been said that there are three types of people in the world; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what just happened. In reality things are never that simple. The three slogan mantra mentioned above is grossly incomplete and doesn’t reflect the totality of current reality. To it should be added the following planks to make it more accurate; those who are unaware of what just happened and those who deny anything happened at all.
In contemporary America we can group politics into the transient and the transcendent. Transient politics is that which affects most Americans on the local or personal level. Compared to Europeans most Americans are incredibly unsophisticated and naive when it comes to politics and have no concept of higher, or transcendent politics- what Oswald Spengler called Faustian or Apollonian politics. Americans disdain politics and do not take an interest in it and avoid it like the plague. Unfortunately, politics often takes an interest in them! Such is the case with my family when we were caught up in the American criminal justice system in 1999 and only released in 2017. Had the system functioned as it should we would have been delivered from decades of pain and heartache the system inflicted on us. Instead we had to suffer through a system that is broken and often bordered on incompetence.
“Just because you don’t take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” -Pericles.