Warum ich (A)politisch bin



Es gibt nicht viele Inhalte darüber, auf YouTube “unpolitisch” zu sein. Alle Videos, die ich fand, waren ziemlich scheinheilig, also dachte ich, ich füge meine eigene kleine Einstellung hinzu, die auf meiner eigenen Desillusionierung und Anti-Politik basiert. Ich finde Politik interessant zu analysieren und zu lesen, aber ich habe keine Lust, daran teilzunehmen. Und ich glaube, das ist in Ordnung. Bitte respektieren Sie meine Position, wie ich Ihre in den Kommentaren unten tue! Kritik ist natürlich immer willkommen und ich würde gerne lesen, was Sie denken, wo Sie politisch stehen usw. Vielen Dank, dass Sie meinen Kanal gesehen, engagiert und unterstützt haben! EIN BESONDERES DANKESCHÖN AN MEINE GÖNNER! Zeitstempel: 0:00 Vielen Dank an meine Gönner; Einführung 1:14 Demokratie und ihre Unzufriedenheit; Joseph Schumpeters Definition von Demokratie 7:11 Südafrika 11:11 BreadTube und seine Unzufriedenheit 15:37 Greta Thunberg 18:22 Schlussbemerkungen; Übersicht Folgen Sie mir auf meinen anderen Social-Media-Plattformen und auf Patreon, wenn Sie möchten: 📌 Twitter: @kidology_co 📌 Instagram: kidology.co 📌 Patreon: Kidology (um entweder ein Kind, Brüder oder ein Kidologe zu werden🧐😂)

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34 thoughts on “Warum ich (A)politisch bin

  1. Our progress technologically and materialistically has overwhelmed our spiritual and moral progress which is why we can no longer only rely solely on the engines of our material lives to drive the progress we desire. We have to make systematic, organized, and unified spiritual progress to a more mature civilization so we can actually control the technological and scientific powers that we continue to develop and discover. My thoughts are inspired by my belief and understand of the Baha'i Faith and I believe that this religion has the tools, institutions, and knowledge necessary to further the spiritual/moral development of the world.

    PS great vids recently, keep up the great work!

  2. "A lot of us have to participate in the real world." Well you are choosing to not participate in the real world if you don't vote. Being disenchanted with modern democracy is the luxury of living in a modern democracy.
    Do you think that Greta Thunberg would be allowed to speak her mind if she didn't live in a bureaucratic democracy? Do you think you would be allowed to have a YouTube channel if you didn't live in a bureaucratic democracy? I dare you to go move to Chad, see how life is under a dictator.
    You don't like the one party system in South Africa, then stop being part of the 55% that don't vote. The reality is that those greedy politicians you speak about in the opening don't want you to vote. They want a minority population to keep them in power. Your vote makes them afraid that they won't get that power. Trust that the wealthiest 10% all vote.
    Spreading apathy towards democracy is not apolitical, it is anti-political, it is trying to disenfranchise your viewers from their vote. Telling them that their one vote doesn't matter results in them not voting. Real "apolitical" content is abundant on YouTube, this is not apolitical content.

  3. Love this channel. Also I feel many people right now are getting interested or rather VOCAL about politics when they are not suited to it. Reality tv stars are not meant to be politicians. That is the space Trump comes from. The lack of diplomacy in modern politics is due to the fact that too many people are vocal without being qualified. I realize that is also linked to the fact that some individuals see that their individual power DOES make such a difference because of well, I guess because of wealth or race or privilege. This can range from mild tyranny or simply a democracy heavily in father of the few.

  4. This was extremely insightful and a profound perspective that you don't commonly hear from online. I completely agree with your stance on modern politics and I do believe that it serves as more of a stage by which the most charismatic and well spoken can can garner appeal by way of feigning altruism. I don't however, believe that it is a system that should continue, as it has led to the devastation of so many global communities.

    Though, in the case of discussing the presented paradox of leftist online commentators, I think it is also very important to acknowledge that many of those commentators explain various topics by either relating to them in some sort of personal way or they highlight how they may have been mitigated in the past by various movements. I do believe that most of these commentators are very aware of how these systems of injustice operate and the only way they (as well as many of us) are able to imagine solutions or realities past them in based on the mobilization of various efforts/people. The internet is simply a more easily accessible conduit by which to have these conversations, as opposed to the conferences and public gatherings of the past. As an example, a commentator could discuss colorism by first defining it, explaining why it is detrimental, offering an anecdote to bolster its reality in society, and then possibly sharing a way that they grew through that trauma in a productive way.

    The same can be done of capitalism, housing discrimination, environmental justice, racism, etc, in which a commentator can have discourse about a given topic and understand the issue because they have either been a victim of it or understand that it is an injustice and then offer solutions that are either based on their own reality or by becoming aware of solutions from the past. A lot of the critique commentators are making now, is not vastly different than the critique that movement leaders or academics would have in the past. This therefore explains, that the internet hasn't necessarily given a cloudy sense of reality, especially given that some of the aforementioned injustices are present on both the internet and within 'real life'.

    I wouldn't necessarily attribute myself as being wholly political or apolitical, however, I do align with various different class, race, gender and environmental struggles. I would say that it is primarily because I see the devastation that exists today as well as the fight others led in the past to work for better and did, therefore, that enables me to be radical enough have hope for the future.

  5. You are right that people need to participate in the real world. I think digital space provides a ground for stimulating conversation because of distance and anonymity. In the real world one cannot hide behind a keyboard but have to consider the consequences of thoughts and words. This is why I think free and open discussions are good because it helps you to flush out your ideas to see where they might be wrong.
    I think the rich and powerful control all governments even the “democratic” ones. In democracies we elect figureheads who are told what to say to convince the masses to vote for them. It’s all about manipulating the masses to think this or that person will help their cause. I think this is primarily done to maintain financial stability in countries but as wealth gap grows so will discontentment and then change will have to happen in order to maintain stability. You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time. There will always be a day or reckoning so I think good leadership will recognise that and hopefully put in measures to help people and increase upward mobility not by throwing money at them but proving opportunities for growth.

  6. Although I don't share the same perspective, I definitely understand where you're coming from. I am into politics and definitely watch leftist youtube but do I actually do anything irl? not really. I'm just relying on the fact that every generation is more liberal than the next.
    I think these lefty YouTubers talking about this stuff can help educate people and change minds and at least some of those people will be in politics and when the old people die, the younger people will take their place and it'll slowly get better.

  7. I love your channel and I agree with you mostly – Modern politics are extremely divisive on an international or national setting and sadly they are made to do so by the political elites/lords, in effect modern democracy or political systems are forcing society to oversimplify complex policy matters and political issues into red or blue, left or right, conservative or liberal. In reality, most people want similar things, comforts and social mobility. Most of us would not want to sacrifice our current (carbon-munching) lifestyle, no matter how progressive our politics are. I think focusing on our immediate environment like our community, neighbours and local institutions would create better change in the long run. It should always be from the grassroots, not top-down. However, even the grassroots solidarity are hijacked and more often means having political marches and movements sponsored by certain elites/ rich individuals with agenda.

  8. Individuals might generally see themselves as Left-wing, Right-wing or Centrist. It's a lifetime's work to understand who you are, what you believe in and why. But politics don't line up nicely with the beliefs of the electorate, and that seems to be deliberate. If people bother to vote, they might have one issue that they feel strongly about. All the parties will claim to be able to tackle climate change, housing, education, unemployment, healthcare because they know everyone wants them to get on with that. Too often, elections are decided on a single issue. Voting is always an artificial choice between pensions and spending on education, or more policing vs social housing. There's no box to check if you'd like the government to focus on all these policies, none of them or some other important issue.

  9. Your reasons for doubting democracy are actually the reasons why I would consider myself as being political. A democracy needs to be protected. It needs people that protest when injustice is happening, when democracy is falling apart because of corruption etc. And I believe it also needs critisism. It needs change, if ideas made in the past do not work out in reality. Which is (like I think we agree) the case in modern politics/ ideas of democracy. We do constantly need new thoughts and I think especially from people who consider themselves apolitical- because I believe you CAN change things. I'm almost Greta's age and actually was politicised through the climate strike movement. Kind of because I didn't see that part you mentioned with "Greta is not following expectations of a girl/ student of her age/ sacrificing her life etc"- for me, it was a logical consequence. You perceive a problem/ injustice, gain more and more knowledge- find out what you could try to do against it and them you do it. And this doesn't have to be sacrificing your life. It is doing what is in your power and energy. I think Greta isn't sacrificing her life but rather activism became her life. From own experience I can say that it can be an undescribeable form of getting energy from it. I think you need to feel this by yourself. Demonstrations, people who want the same, who call out against injustice, who are inspiring. Because you do inspire and influence others in your environment automatically. And we can have an impact. Don't forget that Greta started a worldwide movement all ALONE.
    Last but not least- the urgency of the problem. You said something like, hunger is barely a problem. But it will be in the not so far future, because of climate change- if we don't act. It is not overstated to say it is a matter of years now that will decide my (and of course the world's) whole future. Additionally, we are living in LATE- capitalism: the end of capitalism is being measured. We simply can not longer believe in a system of eternal growth, only possible through exploitation of people/animals and the environment. But capitalism won't end on it's own of course- we need to fight, to think, to come together with all of our ideas and individualistics and create a world, create politics we actually believe in. And yes, maybe that is not possible. But I will do everything in my power to find it out. Because the alternative 'doing nothing, because I won't change anything anyways' is no option for me. And I think you're already doing a great job in creating those videos! I really like listening to your opinions. Would be very happy to hear your opinion on my comment -and I of course had to leave out many things/ I know everything is quite complicated and I know quite little of the world, but I hope my main points came across 🙂

  10. I’m pleased you spoke about South Africa. Having grown up there till the age of 18 (I now live in Britain, since 2002) I totally agree with you in regard to the state of the nation. It’s very difficult to criticise the government as you’re immediately called a racist and apartheid is brought up even though 27 years have passed since this governement came to power and after Mandela left they failed to invest in the people through housing, health, education and security so that people can fill in their various functions in a stable and growing econonmy and the country can progress andattain it's full potential in Africa and the world. It also means that the truth and reconcilliation commision has failed at allowing the country to acknowlege the pain, to heal and to progress.

    There are times I wish I could be apolitical but everytime I read about the buffoon in Downing Street I get furious at the thought that people could actually decide to vote for a party that does nothing for them. I feel like I have to at least use my vote toward a party that supports proportional representation even if it's done in vain as we live in a two-party state where whether you vote blue or red they make the colour purple and keep those in privilege in power through the class system and deny social mobility and misuse this countries greatest asset which is the people and the potential they have which is never unlocked because only wealthy white English people deserve top spots which are set aside for their own to fill.

  11. First off, I would like to congratulate you and thank you for the quality and quantity of content you produce. I have a feeling and certainly hope that your channel is going to gain a lot of popularity in the near future. Apologies in advance for the wall of text which you inspired me to write to anyone who takes the time to read it !

    As other commenters did, I have some disagreements on the terminology used in this video. Semantics arguments can be either sterile or fruitful depending on the situation, but I believe this to be the latter case because the definitions you are using serve a political purpose for existing ruling classes to maintain their power.

    You use the word democracy to describe political arrangements which I would call representative. Democracy means rule by the people, and as you have illustrated in the case of South Africa (and I would say the same about my own country, France), our current elective systems do not give power to the people to deliberate and decide. I feel like this is an important distinction to make, because by equating democracy with an inherently oligarchic system (rule by a select few), those on top get to make the argument that there is no alternative, and that this is as good as it gets.

  12. Okay! So I've been watching your videos for a bit, but this is the one that made be subscribe (before I saw my face in it lol).
    While I believe democracy is honestly a bit of a farse, I believe most things ends up being political because of how we humans interact with them. Perhaps you were speaking mostly about democracy so again, correct me if I misunderstood.

    In all honesty, I don't love being called a left-tuber or anything like that as it's never been something I claimed. People interact with your content, put you on a few lists, and bam you're "bread-tube". While I understand that's the nature of acquiring an audience I try not to speak on my full political beliefs as it's something I'm still navigating and haven't come to a conclusion on.

    To your last point about this vast exchange of ideas (on Youtube) but not being sure how that translates to practical action, it's something I've thought a lot about, especially recently. My logic is, I may not be able to change the world, but I can change my sphere of influence (in terms of my business, my organization, sending audiences to organizations also doing work) and hope that others are doing the same thing offline.

    In that regard, perhaps I lean more left or maybe even apolitical at times, but in all honesty…*whispers* I don't care about the labels I'm just trying to do right by my community lol
    💕 Hope those ramblings made sense as they were equal parts explanation and evaluation on my part.

    Edited to add: I appreciate how honest you are in this video.

  13. Always looking forward to your videos, thank you for brightening my Sunday afternoon! Great and insightful commentary. Very much agree with your point on the divide of the digital/physical political realities and wonder how they will continue to evolve and influence each other over time. I studied political science and always struggled to reconcile the theoretical bit with the reality of our societies.

  14. I think summarizing democracy as a battle between "the elites" and "the people" is wrong. There are many issues that the people supported (such as Brexit) that "the elites" did not and actively campaign against. Similarly, charisma is not a black and white thing. Many politcians are hated but can still sway enough people to get what they want. Nigel Farage was disliked by most people and his party got only 15% of the vote at its height but he still got his main policy proposal (leaving the EU) passed. Convincing more people you are right can be more powerful than just convincing "the elites".

    The point about your individual vote not mattering is objectively true but kinda irrelevant. If the fact that your individual contribution doesn't matter stops you doing something than there is little point in doing anything. Donating to charity will not solve a problem so why bother. Also its not really about just about your vote it's about the idea of voting in general. I'd also say that the democratic process cannot "just continue" if no one votes. Look at the Catalonia independence referendum where the independence party took 97% of the votes. But because so few people voted (less than 10% iirc) the independence was seen as illegitemate but most people. Most liberal democracy have high turnouts in comparison to illiberal ones and the USA just had their largest voter turnout of all time.

    South African democracy really isn't applicable to most western countries. Democracy may literally mean just electing representatives to a government but it also implies a system of checks and balances on power and structure, in place to stop corruption and hold people accountable. For example, technically North Korea is a democracy but no one would call it one because it doesn't have any of the other characteristics that would be expected to make a democracy work and not be exploited. All this exampled shows is that just voting doesn't make a liberal democracy.

    I also think its wrong to say people who aren't impacted by politics care about it the least. This seems to be the opposite throughout the world and throughout history. The poorer you are (and therefore presumably more likely to be impacted by politics) the less likely you are to vote. The most politically engaged nations are the richest and the most apathetic are the poorest.

    I don't think the rest of the video is really specifically about being apolitical. TBH I think you are focusing to much on relating every issue back to bureaucracy and seeing everything through this lens. Politics is about securing power and public support for a policy is more powerful than a small number of rich people when it comes to counting votes.

  15. The biggest issue I have personally understood modern politics to be is that it has effectively abandoned the 'essence' of that political leaning and seems to me more like football hooliganism. While the ideals I hold for society are absolutely left-wing, I don't expressly use the term because I have found that people respond to my politics better when I don't actually use the term. I read somewhere a while ago that subjects actually slowed a higher preference for Marxist views when all political categories were removed, however when they were replaced the preference for them disappeared. In politics, people respond more to the term as supposed to the actual body of views someone holds. It's never conducive to pigeonhole people into political spheres yet this is what the culture of modern politics is. Politics today really embody a range of emotional reactions to hyperbolised mainstream phenomena, capitalised on by politicians backed by private donors and bloated in the public psyche by media corporations. I have always held the view that politics is the performance of belonging. It is there to make people feel as though they belong to some higher cause, some higher purpose and takes the role of secularist or populist eroticism; eroticism meaning the reverence or idealisation of something. Many, many people never take the time to examine their political affiliations for what is it and become glued to it for fear of challenging their sense of self. It's quite sad really.

  16. Have you seen Second Thought's vid on Facism? I just watched it and I feel like it primed me for this vid. It seems like if the truth of our system is that it is meant for the elite… Then it's not so much who is apolitical and who is not … It's who is still under the illusion they are apart of the political system and those who realize the space that is available to the non rich ruling class to 'participate' in the system is a bit of a kiddie pool ruse

  17. I highly suggest everyone watching this video watch one of @ Saint Andrewism 's videos here on YouTube! Not sure exactly which video to reference as there are many points made here that he addresses in multiple of his videos. One thing I will say is that his videos very much centers these ideas on how we can have real world impacts on our local communities (ie. via Solarpunk) or how our discontent for the current systems has to be visionary to not recreate new oppressive hierarchies in place of the old ones. I definitely think its important to individually assess our own comfort in the current system, and what we are willing to sacrifice. I frankly feel that I certainly am not willing to sacrifice the lives and well-being of young people I love because I was feeling apathetic about my own agency and role to play when things seemed endlessly mind-boggling. These feelings of apathy related to the cacophony of the political sphere, they are not abnormal or immoral to feel. But if anything can be said about it, its that eventually the lack of choices made is still choices made, in a sense. So as to say, I might not give up my car and air conditioning and my phone and everything tomorrow to reduce emissions, but I do feel like finding my role to play, to keep trying, even if I know its very likely I could lose, doesn't make me a martyr, or a coward, or a fool. It makes me human. Perhaps I believe we should live our lives with our hearts safe and our actions a bit more dangerous, even if it that danger is as small as some extra dirt under our fingernails in a community garden. There is much more to be said, but I think Saint Andrewism gets it better than I could every time. Check him out!

  18. I have tears in my eyes, and I feel deeply touched.
    Me myself, I end up being more political than I'd like to, at times. I can't help but be political. Yet at the same time, I don't care for a specific ideology. I just want….better.
    I don't know what I could say, so I'll just say thank you for producing the content you're producing. I think you bring much needed nuance.

  19. As a South African currently living in South Africa, I disagree with your view that the high level of inequality we are currently experiencing and have been experiencing forever really, is mostly only due to the "tyranny" of the ruling ANC government. Definitely, they could have done better in reducing the inequality particularly, by being competent and assigning competent people to positions, and not engaging in the endemic and ubiquitous corruption and state looting.

    But you can't underestimate the legacy of apartheid and institutionalised white supremacy. Black people might be the political ruling class but the economy and the financial institutions and systems are still pretty much largely white run. And that is where reform will matter most in reducing inequality. But the government cannot reform the economic system without tanking the value of the Rand, whole industries, and without doing what I think they term land reform without restitution. The reason why they can't do that is mostly because the funders of their campaigns and political parties are the individuals and institutions with the money and as mentioned earlier that part of South African society has not been reformed. The second reason is the Global Neo-Liberalism "democracy" economy and the Financial Stability Rating agencies (e.g Moodys) are very much established on white supremacist foundations, the legacy of colonialism and imperialism. South Africa can't make any reforms without foreign investors/rating agencies and "developed" governments getting spooked and basically assigning junk status to our economy.

    One other thing, we recently had local municipal elections and in the large metros (which granted is not where the majority of the population lives) but these are centres of power, the ANC and the DA both incurred "huge" losses which went to MULTIPLE other smaller parties. As election analysts noted, we are finally tentatively entering the phase where we are becoming a multi-party democracy. So, the governments of these municipalities will be made from coalitions which was also the case over the last elections. Bear in mind we've just been at this for 27 years which is not even a generation, so for the ANC to start losing grip so soon you know they done f-ed up badly.

    In conclusion, like most previously disadvantaged countries (I'm particularly referencing Africa because that is what I am kind of familiar with) we are forever stuck at the bottom of the economic food chain as we are severely limited by the power imbalance based on the relationships we have with former colonisers and the modern imperialists.

    But, in short, I agree with your feeling of disenchantment with the current political system, because power is in the hands of who has held it over the last 2 or so centuries and it will take huge huge huge (probably catastrophic) events to change it and let's face it, none of that is happening soon or ever.

  20. I think that democracy itself is more so an "ideal type", which no country in the world has quite achieved yet. So things like corrupt politicians and also lower voter turnout are things that make democracy flawed, but it doesn't mean that it isn't something worth thriving for. But it is true that as an individual it is almost impossible to make meaningful change. Even as a collective it is hard, since humans are also flawed and often unable to make the choices that are in their own best interest, not to mention the common good.

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