Since the day I entered the Grand Amphi for the very first time, Bullshitocracy has been haunting me, and admittedly, shaping me. However, as I remember the frenzy that possessed me while I was chanting La Mentonnaise on the pitch of Nancy, I can hardly refrain from smiling underneath my green keffieh. Fortunately, I am not the only one on the Côte d’Azur who is subjected to this confusing blend of distrust towards our institution, doubt towards my intellectual present and professional future, and blind pride and fleshly attachment to the ‘Assabiya. Admit it or not, I have numbers that show a general tendency for existential uncertainty within the Oumma Mentouniya.
By Nesma Merhoum
Bullshitocracy – noun.
Etymology: A neologism between “bullshit” (Wikitionary) – a “False or exaggerated statement made to impress and deceive the listener rather than inform [or] an object of frustration and/or disgust, often caused by a perceived deception”; and -cracy, a Greek suffix to express the idea of rule.
1. Bullshitocracy carries an inherent paradox that is the reflection of Sciences Po. On one hand, the institution if often criticized for being the “elite’s playground”, where socially determined and priviledged kids are educated to entitlement while working 35 hours a semester – the “bullshit” part of the phenomenon. On the other hand, anything that happens within its walls, from the recognition of Front National as an association to the dismissal of a student for antisemtic comments, is treated by most of the French media as a crucial piece of information – the “-cracy” part. This paradox is often explained by Sciences Pistes themselves by the fact that “they hate us ‘cause they ain’t us”.
2. Bullshitocracy may also specifically refer to a comfort zone loctaed between the end of Rue Longue and the Garavan Boulevard. This area is held together by a general consensus revolving around the values of Orientalism, a flexible sense of punctuality, and Frenglish, its official language. For the past ten years, this territory has been governed by a directorate whose leader is rarely seen.
3. Bullshitocracy creates an underlying mental distress often experienced by Sciences Po students, especially in the azure bubble of Menton. Indeed, they often feel that they live under the rule of illusory knowledge, and even worse, are being formatted to fit in and perpetuate this rule – the “banality of bullshit”. The dreadul effects of bullshitocracy were brightly anticipated by visionary, former 1A Maté Földi, through his first Le Zadig article published in october 2014, and titled “Why the f**k did I come here?”
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