Cult of the Art of the Possible

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The "Cult of the Art of the Possible" describes a phenomenon where career politicians prioritize short-term gains and personal, party, or structural interests over broader societal well-being and democratic principles.

It builds on the concept of "The Art of the Possible", which is a phrase often attributed to Otto von Bismarck, a prominent 19th-century Prussian statesman who played a key role in the unification of Germany. "The Art of the Possible" encapsulates the idea of achieving what is feasible or attainable, particularly in politics or decision-making contexts.

Politicians in the "Cult of the Art of the Possible" may engage in actions that technically adhere to the rules and norms of the political system, but their decisions and behaviors ultimately contribute to the erosion of societal trust and the undermining of democratic values. This erosion of trust can occur when politicians prioritize maintaining power or advancing narrow interests over transparency, accountability, and the common good.

Over time, these actions can lead to a breakdown in democratic norms, a loss of faith in political institutions, and heightened polarization within society. As a result, this concept captures the negative consequences of prioritizing the "Art of the Possible" at the expense of democratic values and societal well-being.


  • Exploiting loopholes in the legal or political system to maintain power or suppress opposition.
  • Making decisions based on political expediency rather than the long-term interests of citizens.
  • Engaging in corruption or unethical behavior under the guise of legality.
  • Prioritizing short-term economic gains or political victories over sustainable and ethical policies.
  • Engaging in divisive rhetoric or actions that exacerbate societal tensions for political gain.

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