Publicado el 10-03-2012
The Need for a
Significant Civil Society
The existence of political parties is fundamental in a democratic system. The will of the citizens is channeled through well-organized parties with acceptable or serious ideological programs. However, many experiences show that because of numerous reasons, because of a lack of civic culture and of real political discipline, there are negotiations or manipulations handled by unscrupulous political leaders that could disrupt the normalcy of the institutional life of a country under pretenses of legality. Maneuvers protected by special laws prepared with the purpose of deceiving the people in the long run, are in no way good for the life of a republic that is serious and respectable. Legality does not necessarily imply political morality or patriotism.
In order to achieve balance and bring peace to the people in spite of the ups and downs of political life, a nation needs that there be a civil society with prestige and capability to understand the issues of their individual activities and those of national life. That civil society is formed by numerous sectors of society that defend and encourage their own groups, so to speak, but when there is a national emergency, a serious political crisis, the members of that civil society are able to coordinate efforts to bring about favorable results to orient the country or to rescue it, if that is the case, from those who might have done away with its republican institutions in detriment of democracy.
Therefore, it is necessary that a civil society enjoy prestige and that those who form it be well-organized not only to defend their own personal interests, those of their group, but also to defend the national institutions when there is a crisis that destabilizes them or that puts them at the service of political interests that go against the country’s interests.
As it is known, a well-formed civil society consists of numerous private institutions, such as chambers of commerce and industry, professional associations, cultural and humanitarian organizations, institutions that sponsor arts and sciences, to only name a few. A civil society that stays methodically organized and active in the country, could be a very helpful factor, perhaps decisive, to stop abuses of political power.