How to revolutionize politics

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Liu Xiaobo

These are dark times. No values, no ideas, no vision of the world. Everything has been swept away by neoliberalism. Inhuman neoliberalism, because it transformed people – that is, each one of us – into slaves of their instincts, desires, and financial greed. Finance, the power of money, controls everything and destroys everything, even economy.

The third millennium worships one sole deity: money. It knows only one purpose: producing and accumulating money. The goal is not to improve the living conditions of most people, but massively increase the wealth of the very few who already have a lot, whereas the many who have very little will have less and less over time.

The Gospel saying becomes true in a tragic way: “Those who have, will be given more and will live in abundance; those who have not, will be deprived of what they have” (Mt. 13:12). We fumble in the dark, looking for something that will enlighten it. Yet, the light we seek is inside, not outside of us. Because the world is the son of man, much more than the man is a son of the world.

What does it mean to know how to make light? It means knowing how to animate the reality of a new humanism. And what is the source of this humanism? The greatest revolution of all times: the Christian revolution.

The Christian stands up against order, not out of pure protest, not to overthrow it. The Christian revolution is “for”, “in favor of”, not “against”: for the human person and the good of the collectivity, on behalf of humanity. It is a tragic conflict, which arises from an unquenchable thirst for justice, which urges Christians to strive to make laws conform to truth and goodness.

And given that the demand for justice can never be exhausted, not even the Christian revolution can be exhausted. It is a permanent revolution, a concrete daily commitment. You live in witnessing – in deeds, not in words – of those values that set free from the idolatry of money and bring us closer to the heart of the last, to make them fully human.

And this is the goal of politics: to serve the others, not to use the other. Serve to make people truly and fully such. We either feel a call for this mission, or we are not politicians. There are no religious proposals that do not have a political fallout nor political proposals, which are not religious at the same time, that is, that does not have a relationship with an ultimate, higher goal. Not surprisingly, the most illuminating definition of the term politics comes from one of the great Popes of the twentieth century, Paul VI, who considered politics as the highest form of charity. In the language of the Church, the word “charity” means – simply and concretely – love. It follows that politics is the highest form of love.

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