i am appreciative of my education in classical, Renaissance, and modern capitalist Western political theory, but i do delight in learning about other political philosophies from other cultures.
in particular i am really interested in the melding that Mao and other chinese Communist theorists made. famous tales like the Water Margin and other of the Four Great Novels, as well as received wisdom about confucianism and daoism informed the guerrilla war and ensuing construction of the state of the PRC.
it is true that western political theory has had a dominating and imperialistic influence on the political education of non-western peoples. luckily, i think many people see the bureaucracies and ruling classes of their countries as highly corrupt when they espouse US-mouthpiece type fealty to western political ideals.
for instance, i believe there exists great potential for learning about anarchisms and populisms that are derived from japanese and chinese cultural heritages.
we should encourage a movement which seeks to find the richest and most inclusive melding of as many different cultures as possible. i think this could be one way in which we avoid thinking in static absolutes or essentialisms.
i, personally, need to find out more about other cultures, other than my own. in australia it is quite unavoidable to be told about south, south-east, northern and east asian cultures. this is luckily, because we are so intimately linked and situated within asia.
when it comes to australia’s indigenous cultures, i have a good working knowledge of the ‘political systems’ (this is a western idea, ‘systematisation’) of both the wadjuk people of the noongar nation (perth and surrounding regions), and the gadigal people of the eora nation (sydney city and surrounding areas).
the unwritten social structures of these awesome, ‘deadly’ people are highly interpersonal and, so far as it concerns me, requires me to listen and be quiet as much as possible (!!!) - in particular, the respect i am learning to pay to elders past and present in the process of creating a website for the aboriginal corporation i am working with has been very, very rewarding.