A Reflection of World Politics Based on the Video "The Tank Man" (Http: //Www.Youtube.Com/Watch?V=Sb70Mwxrzee)

Topics: Communism, Soviet Union, Karl Marx Pages: 4 (1335 words) Published: August 24, 2010
A Reflection of World Politics based on the video "The Tank Man" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB70mWXrzEE)

I have a reason to believe that the world was made for the satisfaction of those living in it, especially man - the highest in the hierarchy of species. It is never the other way around. In the same sense, government was formed for the benefit of the people, even war was called for the common good and justice of men. But the word 'satisfaction' is so broad and quite relative. It may mean 'hedonism' if you use id, it may mean 'utopianism' if you use ego or it may mean 'nirvana' if you use super ego. But in politics, 'satisfaction' means to indulge in your interests, material or ideal. But the question is, "who controls the tool to satisfy everybody?"

The video clip was a real life encounter with death. It is sensational. A simple, ordinary individual stopped the tanks without getting harmed. Almost impossible to believe, considering how hostile Chinese authorities are (in the news). The tank man's act was a defiance of 'power', power which in its literal meaning a right vested in the state to use force. I thought, if power only constitutes military forces, intellect, political influence and wealth, the drivers of the tanks would have shrugged their shoulders and run the engines of the tank to hit the man. They would have not stopped. This just shows, an individual can exercise power by virtually collecting the sympathy of the world. Its called influence, power without accountability.

The oppressed proletariats of the capitalist society stirred Karl Marx's thoughts expressed in his book 'The Communist Manifesto'. It gave birth to other authoritarian ideologies that brought the world to wars (ex. Nazi Germany, Fascist Japan, Communist Russia). From a few, from their concerted efforts, came competition for power. It is unwise to disregard them. Individuals complete the whole of humankind. This whole creates governments to represent them. If the...
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