Convergence / Vol. 1 No. 2

Convergence 2: Styles of Governance: What’s in it for Me?

Populations around the world today suffer considerable anxiety at the hands of rulers who exercise power at the expense of the governed. Whatever stability of the global order appeared to be regnant in the aftermath of WWII—between 1945 and the rearrangements of power that roiled the colonial synthesis across Africa, Asia, and the Americas—now totters on the brink of collapse. The West—struggling in the midst of waves of immigration, instability, across the Arabo-Islamic world, and the relocation of terrorist movement to the very heart of cosmopolitan sites, from New York and London to Mogadishu and Kabal—now experiences unbridled fascist impulses that have overwhelmed the political classes. This unfolding spectacle signals no less than degrees of crisis related to the question of sovereignty and governance itself; meantime, denizens of the developed world seem stuck in our silos of “high tech” and “big data,” whose primary concerns appear to be “my stuff,” or “what’s in it for me?” as the quintessential features of social disorganization and dysfunction. Both the idea and practice of democracy consequently hang in the balance.

The Enchantment of Being
By Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman

Beyond Idiocy, Towards Involvement
By Christopher Winks

Styles of Democracy
by Jim Merod

The Substance of Style: On Being Unapologetically Black Now
Margo Natalie Crawford

Cliff Notes (or Notes for Going Over One)
By Hortense J. Spillers