In times of emergency, democratic citizens must not relinquish their freedom in exchange for the false assurance of safety from power-hungry leaders. The time has come to oppose the status quo and work to decentralize the system.
The majority of the upcoming year's predictions emphasize potential threats. Pessimism and risk have dominated contemporary public discourse. A lot of people in Europe worry that their kids won't have the same chances as they did. Simultaneously, politicians, the media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and technocrats are spreading the word that the End is close.
In their opinion, a sign that has joined the ranks of war, famine, plague, and death is climate change. Without a doubt, the climate has been altered, and it is also true that we must do everything in our power to eradicate pollution and waste. Still, we need to have more faith in our ability to adjust to changes in the environment and the weather.
The fear of the coronavirus has subsided, but we are now warned of much more devastating pandemics to come.
Unfortunately, war is an unavoidable fact of life. This rider has been with us since the dawn of humanity, several millennia ago, and will remain with us for the foreseeable future. Europe and the United States went a long time without war, while other parts of the world were in the middle of very violent wars. Now that war has once again erupted in Europe, it is evident that ignoring this reality has disastrous consequences. The Western nations have been so terrified of "militarism" and lulled to sleep by idealistic notions of global peaceful progress that they have failed to see the writing on the wall.
Those who fight against freedom
The media cultivate fear, even though the causes of economic instability and inflation receive relatively little commentary, while other perceived threats receive a great deal of attention. People who spread fear take advantage of the current situation to get more power and convince people that the government has all the answers. For people to feel like they are safer, they have to give up their freedom and civil rights.
A new category of public actors, activists, has recently emerged. An activist gets involved in a problem but doesn't offer a good solution, which can make it harder to solve the problem. Most of the time, these people aren't very good at their jobs or careers, but they often rant in public at international conferences. They shut down roads, occupied government buildings, and behaved hostilely, even viciously, toward those they perceived as political opponents. Some activists intentionally cause property damage—most recently by attaching themselves to expensive art in museums—and then have the audacity to claim they are doing so for a noble cause. The haughty statements of celebrity activists like Greta Thunberg, on the other hand, do not contribute to the search for viable solutions. On the contrary, they want to instill terror. And that is exactly what is intended because terrified people are more easily manipulated into giving up their rights and freedoms.
The hysteria generated by the COVID-19 epidemic among politicians, publicity-seeking scientists, and the media is another example of this confusion. The threats posed by the newly discovered virus, particularly its initial mutations, were to be taken very seriously. However, amid the panic generated, states, supranational bodies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) did everything they could to arrogate additional powers to themselves.
At each G20 summit, it is evident that new methods of exercising global authority over people are being developed. Nationally and internationally, there is an abundance of centralization initiatives, each of which is presented as a solution to a problem. All they represent is a push for more power. Currently, citizens and businesses are confronted with a deluge of laws and regulations that restrict their actions and limit their freedom of choice.
In centralized systems, the distance between leaders and citizens increases, while accountability and transparency decrease, thereby creating a more conducive environment for technocratic bureaucracy. In democracies, the media, the fourth estate, does not address this issue. They are pleased to applaud an all-powerful state and its "solutions" that are fabricated.
Many media titans prefer to play along because the system suits them. On the other hand, citizens should not fear and continue to fight for the cause of their freedom. Civil society in Europe and the United States remains robust, and it is hoped that it will respond decisively to the excesses of the state and pressure groups.
Justified opposition is often characterized as radical and irrational, further marginalizing it. Despite this, we have already seen an increase in civil disobedience during the coronavirus pandemic. These protestors were not all deranged; many were well-informed citizens who were justifiably displeased with the government's argumentation. Governments imposed ostensibly scientific, often draconian measures while refusing to accept responsibility for their consequences. They were unable to provide a convincing scientific justification in the end.
As a result, freedom, and prosperity are endangered. Weakness and being reduced to dissatisfied protests, as well as being depressed by climate, diseases, war, and radicalism, are not viable solutions. Today, we must be confident and brave to face challenges. Our confidence is high as a result of the private sector's development of pragmatic solutions for clean energy and recycling, as well as the success of our medical research. Keep in mind the many signs that young people in Europe are becoming more optimistic.
Decentralization is the method for revitalizing our market economy, fortifying our democracy, and fortifying our social systems. It makes politics more accessible to the general public. Experimentation has demonstrated that democracies operate most effectively in a decentralized, highly accountable setting. We must abandon our fear- and overregulation-based comfort zones.
We should begin employing all the constitutional and legal tools at our disposal to combat laws and regulations that are unjust, illogical, harmful to people, or restrict our liberty. It facilitates citizen participation in politics. Experimentation has demonstrated that democracies operate most effectively in a decentralized, highly accountable setting. We need to leave our comfort zone of fear and overregulation.
It is high time we utilized all the constitutional and legal tools available to us to challenge unconstitutional, unrealistic, harmful, and freedom-restrictive laws and regulations. Being legally correct but failing is not an option; there may be instances in which civil disobedience is not only justifiable but essential.