What kind of a democracy, what kind of Turkey? - ALI BAYRAMOĞLU

What kind of a democracy, what kind of Turkey?

Turkey is on the verge of entering a new period with Tayyip Erdogan"s Presidency. As in every matter, we are experiencing a heavy polarization with expectations and guesses.

While on one hand, there are people, who are waiting for Turkey to go to new targets and reforms via a fresh power and corporatization layout; on the other hand, there are people who had foreseen that the auctions for the constitution had started and that the de facto presidency system will deepen the individualism of the rulership.

These are not two different opinions, but actually two collars of the truth…

When we observe from the "first angle", then we encounter a colorful, partially happy, but definitely colorful image. This is a political aspect. This portrays the democracy (equality, freedom, pursuit of justice) around economic, cultural and social elements. This is a scene, where historical, symbolical and denominational translocations, equalizations and intertwining are experienced. And for various people, form the Kurdish to the religious, the existence fields and freedom fields are expanding.

A serious sociological transformation scene…

No argument, no consideration on the politics and the political rulership, can get rid of this image.

Within this scope, the root-politics, identity-public field relations being free, and the advancing towards an open community layout, are one of the inputs of Turkey"s 10th anniversary…Behind this outputs" main stage, the conjectural political polarizations" concealment, the existence of a communal interaction and synthesizes, a period of socialization"s existence.

Depending on this, there is some telescoping, in which secular, religious, traditional and modern value systems are being consumed by the same individual. The pursuit of comparison of identity-history, the discovery of non-Muslims, re-reading of the Republic period and the given identity becoming transparent,

Is taking its place there again.

This communal story cannot be handled free from political struggles. Considerable space needs to be spared for the political rulership within these struggles.

The economic and social policies, which rises the middle classes" share in the population from 2001 to 20022 and from 21% to 41%, creates the three main canals of the religion between the political rulerships" relation with the rulership, the democratization policies that reverses the Kemalist guardianship and the communal self-confidence, which is formed directly by the result of this.

The second aspect, is related with, the angle, which includes the individualization attitudes, claims and argument, at the same time as for Turkey"s angle, which is traditional, which had traditionalized by here, "dominant administration style" and "something related with "normal values" and "politics and democratization"s" "corporate layout.

We frequently say that the country"s, especially AK Party"s political style, is essentially patriarchal.

The patriarchal style states that individualization instead of institutionalism, merit instead of loyalty, within this frame, make up the empery tool politics that leave no place for no one, from media to contact and from culture to no field leaving no autonomy. It also creates a type of politics, which paves the way for corruptions that are directed by economic administration to the Gülenist values and these informal relations are intense.

In the direction of communal transformation, in the periods in which strong and unspoken communal alliances were formed, the success rate was high from the point of political rulership. While the regional conjuncture wind was winding from behind, this "style" had opened the doors to freedom or it had been perceived that way, and again had created directed relations between the "power- success-democracy" that had been formed. This table is similar to how it was after 2011, the periods, where the new communal expectations and demands came into action and were unrequited. In other words, the community-politics relations had been narrowed, stuck, and had paved the way for situations, which narrows the freedom fields and feeds the inspection and oppression of the politics on the community.

This situation is, in a way, the heavy crisis of the patriarchal politics style.

These two clashing paths are actually forming a whole.

The thing here is moving on the first and hitting the brake on the second…


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