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Deconstruction of ‘Social Contract’: Confronting the Banality of Evil
Crisis of Democracy; Institutional Disarray; Racism and Injustice; Social Contract
From Plato to de Tocqueville to Ronald Reagan, philosophers, pundits, kings, and leaders have attempted varied strategies to design governance against the fear of mass revolt. A triune of ominous forces—Coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest, and white supremacy—brought to fore the tip of a disastrous cultural iceberg: January 6, 2021 which marked a cataclysmic event in the modern history of civil society. As social contract and its tenets fell apart and institutional breakdown looked unhinged, civil leaders began to think about apocalypse beyond police brutality and pandemic. Vaccine nationalism has further divided the whole world between haves and have nots. Haves are globally ‘white’. American Whitopia is hopelessly in search for the soul of a great nation. This article seeks to analyze the crux that characterizes the crisis of modern democracy and its institutional structures that call for constructive destruction.
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