“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
― Toni Morrison, Beloved
I read a very scary statistic. While two thirds of Seniors, like myself, believe that democracy is the only viable form of government, only one third of millennial’s believe in democracy and are willing to try other forms of government. Have they been studying Hobbes’ Leviathan in university? Do we need a strong ruler, beyond challenge, that makes us behave ourselves, keep us from destroying each other. Do we need our Putin, Erdogan, JinPing.
Here’s another thought. What will be the expectation level of future generations as jobs become scarce? Western civilization takes it’s lifestyle for granted. Lights automatically appear at the press of a switch, turn a tap and we have running water, set the thermostat and we have automatic heat in the Winter and air conditioning in the Summer. We own fridges, stoves, TV’s, computers, cars etc. These were all luxuries at one time but are now considered minimum standards of living. Do we take all this for granted, as some God given right bestowed upon Western Civilization?
Western governments of all levels, municipal,state and federal were drowning in debt pre COVID-19 and are now billions/trillions significantly higher since the pandemic, and the pandemic is far from over. Is this sustainable in the long term?
The riots taking place, supposedly over Black Lives Matter, but I suspect is just a trigger for general social unrest among restless youth. Some searching for purpose, others for excitement and the minority to vent their violent impulses.
Now enter the Rule of Law…….or lack thereof.
The experience in Canada and the U.S. over the last few months has been a pull back of police resources when mobs of people, block roads, railway tracks, take over city blocks, smash and loot stores, topple statues and generally act in an extreme and violent manner. If police refuse to act, it’s not rocket science to understand that others will step into the breech to push back.
Where ever law ends tyranny beginsJohn Locke (1632-1704)
Now, a primer on politics 101. John Locke espoused the rights of the individual to life, liberty and property. He disagreed with Hobbes on the strong man state and opted for a social contract between a government and its people. Each individual would give up some freedoms to allow the government to govern for the good of the people. The government would protect natural rights. If the government does not protect these rights than people have the right to revolt and revert to a state of nature. A state of nature without government would not be a pretty picture.
So, is the government protecting the rights of the minorities in its community, and if not, does the community have a right to revolt and topple the government? Some population statistics in the U.S. for 2019 taken from the U.S. Census Bureau. Whites-60.4%: Hispanic-18.3%: Black-13.4%: Asian-5.9%. Whites equate to about 60% of the U.S. population while other groups make up about 40%.
If you consider a white person talking about race a racist, please stop reading now. You may not like what comes next.
I have always abhorred the term people of colour. It’s a coined term from the 18th century describing a person of mixed black and white parentage. I find it hilarious that calling a black person a coloured person was anathema, and rightly so, but it’s okay to refer to that person as a person of colour. Another example of Orwell’s 1984 word speak. In my view the reintroduction of this phrase into the modern jargon is a cynical, divisive, political ploy to keep racism in the public eye, dividing people by ethnicity to further certain agendas. Basically the premise is that it’s white people against the rest of the world. I also find it hysterical that ‘woke’ Chinese celebrities now call themselves person of colour. When will this madness end. If you look up the definition of black and white as a colour you will find that both are actually not true colours.
White is not defined as a colour because it is the sum of all possible colours.
Black is not defined as a colour because it is the absence of light, and therefore colour.
The only true white person is an albino (absence of melanin), who can be born to both black parents and white parents. So blacks and whites have that in common, as well as the same coloured blood, the same heart and the same soul. Perhaps we need to concentrate on what unites us instead of what divides.
Our local community newspaper is reaching out to the BIPOC community for 36 people to go on a nature course, whites excluded. Yes we do really have a BIPOC community ( black,indigenous,people of colour). The pendulum has swung 100 years or more, instead of whites isolating blacks, it’s now blacks isolating whites. We sure do learn from history…..no wait, we don’t…… but I’ve already discussed the toppling of statues. Final thought on race. Is it only white people who are born with the racist gene, as all other ethnic groups seem to be exempt from this gene?
Let’s get back to government. Are governments doing enough to treat all its citizens equally? If not should there be a ‘ French Revolution’ to start a new social order? What are the consequences?
I feel better now. I have just exercised my freedom of speech.