Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca considers a future in which politics will be subordinated to the economy

Alfons Cervera i Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca
Alfons Cervera e Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca.

The writer and professor of Political Science Ignacio Sánchez Cuenca took part in the course “Digan lo que digan las distopías catastrofistas, nada está perdido. ¿O sí?” It was coordinated by the journalist and writer Alfons Cervera.

Sánchez Cuenca made a diagnosis of the current socioeconomic situation. According to him, if we think about a dystopic future, we think about a situation characterized by a restricted democracy in which neoliberal elements rule our society and the main decisions are taken by economic powers. Meanwhile, the role of politicians is reduced to minor issues. Democracy won’t be important enough and will only resolve minor issues. Therefore, economic matters won’t be interfered by politics. The dream of many old liberals will be accomplished. A dream in which politicians won’t be able to rule the economy. 

The sociologist defines the current situation as a “conflict between democracy and the market. The market is winning the fight, though. The economy will become independent of the politics. In fact, it will be subordinated to the economic system. In a couple of decades, we will see how politicians give up. We have arrived to a point in which the losers of the capitalist system do not organise themselves in political groups that might solve the problem. Therefore, we can say that the neoliberal philosophy is triumphing.

Concerning the 15M, Sánchez Cuenca considers that this phenomenon implies a deeper concern about our way of life, but its power is limited. It has been a very important process that has destabilised the Spanish political system but is not powerful enough to change the situation. In many other countries, many other resistance groups have been born, but they are not powerful enough to convince the majority of the population. Instead, they prefer to follow the economic order that has been stablished in the last decades. 

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