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Questions raised by the consensus culture

Our first dialogue is on the theme of consensus. In the postmodern West, consensus has become both a new decision-making method and a new ethic. Many non-western cultures, particularly African and Asian, are traditionally consensual. A historic convergence is hence happening, leading to a global consensus culture.

Such an evolution raises numerous questions. Among others :

  • Under which conditions is a consensus genuine ?
  • When is a consensus process respectful of our human nature, of our anthropological structure ? When does it become manipulative ? When does it transform itself into an ideological imposition ?
  • Has the building of the “new global consensus” been transparent and truly participatory ? Has it looked for the good of humanity ? Were non-western cultures listened to and respected ? On which precise points is there a genuine consensus ? Is the content of the concepts and policies belonging to the global consensus transparent or ambivalent ?
  • How can the postmodern consensus paradigm become a better option than the modern “majority-opposition” paradigm ?
  • Why did the West shift to the adoption of the postmodern consensus paradigm ?
  • How can non-western cultures contribute to redress the drift of the postmodern consensus ?
  • What convergences and divergences exist between the western postmodern consensus-building process and non-western political traditions ?