Montag, 4. Januar 2016

My Views on History and Politics

If we consider what has happened in the past centuries, it seems the world, especially Europe, is in a transition from regimes that served only the interests of a small number of chosen ones to circumstances in which a larger number of people are able to define the environments they live in, and the ways they want to live, themselves. The 19th century was the century of ideas what the monarchic dictatorships should be replaced with to serve the people - liberalism, nationalism, socialism, and democracy emerged. The 20th century was the century that made the transition to non-aristocratic governments in practical life. While it initially saw the uprise of authoritarian regimes merely replacing the crown with a shotgun, it has finally brought some sort of liberal democracy to most of the European countries. For many people it is still difficult to become comfortable of the idea of being able to control your own lives, they prefer to be controlled by superiors, and other people have no choice but giving control away to others.

Alas, in my eyes it is not the prime task of politicians to lead others; rather, I view politicians primarily as legislators. Their task is to define the rules we have to stick to. In my opinion, in an ideal state everything should be legal unless it is explicitely banned, and only a few things should be outlawed; I primarily think of anti-social behaviour such as murder, theft or rape. While the state should not interfere with the economy, I am not completely opposed to taxation since the only alternative would be high fees for consumption of state-owned services such as the police. What worries me most is the ever-increasing debt. While I like the idea of an unconditional basic income I am well aware that it will be difficult to implement it without increasing the debt. The higher the unconditional basic income, the higher the taxes for those who can afford paying them - that is also a problem.

We must not forget that most people still struggle to make a living. A safe and secure life is still a privilege. To enable more and more people to lead a happy life, organizations based on the principle of solidarity are essential. While it is desireable that everybody has the chance to arrange his or her life according to his or her wishes, nobody is able to accomplish his or her ends all on his or her own; freedom requires human interactions that sustain the lives of the involved.