Monday, May 04, 2009

Statesmanship as Fiction

With all of my due respect to Magnis-Suseno, Syafii Maarif, and Satjipto Rahardjo, please stop hoping and asking for politician to be statesman. The latter is just a fiction. Not because they do not exist (maybe there are few of them), but because it doesn't help in analyzing the politics and its social impact. We will too easily slip into pointing out any failure of politics in providing higher social benefit to the lack of statesman quality in politicians.

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