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Politicians have not always been associated with diplomatic chicanery amoral pragmatism and self-aggrandization the way they tend to be now There was a time when leaders like Abraham Lincoln sounded the clarion call for democracy and pleaded as Woodrow Wilson did in his Fourteen Points for world peace and mutual respect Since the twin horrors of World War I and World War II as well as various crises like Vietnam however the masses have become increasingly disillusioned Eurostat surveys found that when asked whose interests European governments were serving an overwhelming majority replied they were serving their own Voter turnout throughout the democratic world has reached an all-time low reflecting a sense that politics is increasingly characterized by self-serving amorality Indeed the term politics can be discussed on many levels including the domestic as well as international To take an objective view with regards to the question of whether politics is about noble aspirations or pragmatic self-interest we must bear in mind that it is not easy to generalize because of the plethora of situations that exist today Furthermore we have to question has politics been burdened with an unfair responsibility too heavy to bear On the international level we still see a whole range of idealistic concepts being sounded and propounded If anything the level of idealism in international politics seems to have increased From the signing of the International Declaration of Human Rights at the San Francisco Conference in 1945 a welter of protocols and conventions regarding any issue from genocide to womens rights have been created With the United Nations at the forefront of this humanitarian revolution the issue of fundamental human rights cannot be avoided in politics today This idealism in international politics has an inevitable effect on the domestic arena as politicians increasingly support such ideals as democratization which offers equal rights to all Indeed in the past three decades two thirds of countries which were non-democratic thirty years
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