The concept of politics has its roots in the name of Aristotle’s classical work, Politiká, who introduced the Greek term politiká (meaning “city affairs”).
Politicians are sometimes seen as “power-seeking hypocrites”. This view reveals that politics sometimes welcome activities without principles. Such an image of politics dates back to the writings of Niccolò Machiavelli, who in the Prince (1532) developed a very realistic account of politics that drew attention to the manipulation and cruel behavior of politicians. Centuries later, the perception of politics has not changed much.
German political theorist Hannah Arendt in her book The human condition published in 1958 argued that politics is the most important form of human activity and gives meaning to life.
As Arendt argued decades ago, politics is at the heart of human life. In fact, politics can be seen as an all-encompassing and even transcendental phenomenon. It affects society, the economy, external relations, the media sector, the education and health system as well as tourism, etc. This article attempts to shed light on the concept of “own policy “ in the context of Turkey in the context of recent political developments.
There are not a lot of academic studies on the question of “clean politics”. One of the articles on this issue was published in 2009 by Darren C. Zook. Zook in his article titled “The strange case of Finland’s own politicsArgued that corruption is a pervasive problem that affects every country to some extent. Based on Zook’s statement, it is evident that Turkey is no exception for sure.
The relationship between all actors in Turkey shapes the quality of democracy and also shapes the level of corruption. It is known that not only political actors (elected actors) and state actors (named actors) but also actors in the field of media, economy and academia all affect Turkish politics to some extent.
Today, I think that not only the political opposition but also some government groups have started discussing the issue of “clean politics” after the Sedat Peker videos. Sedat Peker is defined as a “Mafia boss found guilty “ In early May (May 2), Turkey watched the first video of Sedat Peker. As of May 2, Peker has uploaded six videos to his Youtube channel and the videos have been watched by around 15 million people so far (as of today May 22 while this article is being written. ) Peker has made some serious statements about the Home Secretary. Süleyman Soylu and also about some journalists and politicians. According to New York Times, Last week, as the Israeli bombardment of Gaza filled television screens, millions of Turks took to YouTube to listen to Sedat Peker’s extraordinary allegations.
Yesterday, journalist Musab Turan from the official Anatolian Agency news agency questioned two ministers about Peker’s claims about Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu. Turan asked Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli the question of “Is the AK party name smaller than Süleyman Soylu, who is now known with suspicion? “ Later, Turan was fired by the Anatolian agency. AA made the following statement: “The employment contract of Musab Turan who asked questions at a press conference in a manner inconsistent with the standards of journalism and the principles and ethics of the media profession, and who carried out this propaganda activity policy by doing a live broadcast on his social media account has been dissolved.
In 2016, TJ Brown in his article titled “The myth of clean politicsWrote the following:
“The game of politics is about favors and special interests, the exchange of money, the deals made, sometimes under the table and other times in plain sight. Powerful people have always had an advantage in influencing the process. But when it comes to politics, people say they don’t want competition; rather, they demand fairness, equality and virtue. “
According to Brown, politics is prone to corruption. In his article he argued that “If you want politics to be less corrupt, the solution isn’t to reduce corruption. The solution is to reduce the state. ” In this regard, the speech of Greek leader George Papandreou on politics is important. Papandreou said the following:
“There’s this concept of politics as a dirty game. It’s a tough game, but it doesn’t have to be dirty. I think that’s what we need to bring to politics. I think politics around the world have very often been captured by big interests – “lobbies” they call them in the United States. “
I think that after referring to the Greek leader George Papandreou, it is quite important to ask this question ”What are the big interests in Turkey, who own these interests? ”