Freedom, justice, dignity, equality. Basic human rights. Civil-political rights we should posses by purely being human. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that easily. Our own governments will and do abuse it each time it serves their purposes, each time lobbyists buy anybody and anything to serve their “big money masters” but not the nation. (By the way, how is lobbying different than bribing? I just find it outrageously insane that we allow something so, in reality, illegal in US government.) Here’s the thing, no matter what political and economic system we live in, the government will try now and then to bend some small rights in the name of our, so called, safety. That’s the one bull that is being used most of the time. And so very often we buy it and play along like little mindless puppets. Till the government crosses one line too many, till some individuals raise their voice, till the society finally wakes up and demands the rights back.
There’s one political system that is exemplary for not acknowledging human rights – totalitarianism. Like communism, for example. I’ve had an unfortunate encounter with this one in the past. Don’t recommend. Totalitarian regime recognizes no limits to its authority and regulates every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. On the opposite end of the spectrum lies the idea of democracy. It would secure rights and liberties, would provide freedom and equality. It wouldn’t restrict minority rights, wouldn’t employ mass surveillance, wouldn’t strip us of our dignity. Or would it? Totalitarian regimes thrive in creating a general climate of fear in order to bring about a particular political or economic objective. But democratic systems wouldn’t take such actions. Or would they?
How is it possible that democratic systems use the same trickery as totalitarian rules to control their citizens? Because the deadly combination of a politician and a businessman with a huge drive for power and money, but with little integrity and ethics, will always find its way to the governing bodies. Our job is to pay attention. That’s the whole point of democracy. We vote, we choose, we watch, and we protest when our basic rights are being abused. How much will it take to make you to object? When the government adapts mass surveillance? When your dignity is tested at the airport security points? When the phones are being tapped? When the army forces are used to occupy another country under false pretenses?
We will never be able to create and maintain a perfect model of democracy. But we are responsible for making the existent ones the best possible. Some nations thought hard for it. Some still don’t have it. Let’s not take our rights for granted.
My final thought: I had fun using the police as a taxi service in the communistic country I sort of visited. Oh well, I still don’t recommend the whole communism thing.