The emergence of children at the forefront of causes from climate change to education reveals a contradiction at the heart of politics. If politics is defined by the making of a future, the children who are meant to be its heirs are crucial to it. Although they represent the last category of persons formally to be disallowed political agency, it is their very unfreedom that allows children to exercise power. Does their mobilization in contemporary politics signal the limits of its realm?
Faisal Devji is Professor of History at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Impossible India: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence, Muslim Zion, and The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics, amongst other books.
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