Hope, Tragedy, and Meaningful Political Engagement

Nietzsche is not just a disgruntled critic or a pessimistic nihilist. Instead, he provides a positive prescription to counteract this inexorable malaise in his overarching project of what he calls the revaluation of values.
This is how the project of Nietzsche has such direct relevance to our politics today via a new existentialist conception of citizenship.

The Real Lesson of Pandora’s Box, or Why We Need a Politics Beyond Hope

The main purpose of the Existential Citizenship Project is to offer an understanding of people and of a politics beyond hope that allows for the frank acknowledgement of politics as it actually is (i.e., unclouded by hopeful misconceptions of the political system), while also still providing a justification for meaningful and enduring political action.

The Life-affirming Values of the Existential Citizen

The approach most likely to prevent this slide into political apathy and nihilism, while still motivating intense engagement in political struggle, is through the creation of life-affirming values that Nietzsche recommended, only applied to politics in particular. This is a much different proposition than the more conventional hope-based approaches to political engagement. As such, exactly what such an orientation would be like is difficult to conceive at this point,

The Existential Citizenship Project

Basic Tenets [1] The realities of political systems must be confronted as they are [2] The political system is not only irreducibly complex, but also Absurd  [3] We are thrust into political systems we did not choose  [4] There is no escape from making political choices  [5] We are ultimately responsible to ourselves for our own political choices Details [1] […]