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Nomadic Politics

George Orwell claimed that "in our age there is no keeping out of politics. All issues are political issues." Yes, I think so. But the modern politics is concerned with power relationship, and the trans-modern(or nomadic) politics is concerned with friend or lover relationship. The modern man considers of politics, the power relationship, as the force to make decisions, to control resources, to control other people's behavior and often to control their values. But the trans-modern man thinks of politics, the friend or lover relationship, as the giving and taking process of empowering and empowered forces to make decisions, to control resources, to deal with other people's behavior and often evaluate their values.
   We can apprehend on differences of the modern politics and the trans-modern in their view-points of the world and life-styles. The modern politics is power relationship based on the consideration of human as  a people of state or a person of family, but the trans-modern politics is friend or lover relationship based on the consideration of human as a nomadic animal of nature or a point of the plane of immanence. In these respects, Lao-Tzu says in the chapter 29 of Tao Te Ching as the following words.

Do you want to improve the world?
I don't think it can be done.
The world is an abstract machine,
If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.

   Lao Tzu, as the old Greek stoic scholars do, says "the world is an abstract machine." It means that the world is a changing and becoming thing according to it's relationship with the other thing so that "if you tamper with it you'll ruin it"and yourself, and "if you treat it like an object you'll lose it" and yourself. But if you try to empower with it you'll make it and yourself of the becoming something, and if you treat it like your friend or lover you'll make it and yourself of the oneness of our world. The trans-modern nomadic politics means not the acquirement of power which is involving the ruling structure of oppression and violence but the deconstruction of power and the arrangement of productive and becoming relationship. Nomadic politics detests arms and wars, and Lao Tzu says as the following.

Whoever relies on the way in governing men
Doesn't try to force issues
Or defeat enemies by force of arms.
The best thing is flowing as waters,
For every force there is a counterforce,
Violence, even well intentioned,
Always rebounds upon oneself.     

Chang Si-Ki  changsk@dongguk.edu

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