French have a strange authoritarianism thirst
that we need were treated as pariahs and regarded as selfish people who don’t care about their fellow man.
Don’t want open borders? You’re a bigot. Never mind the simple truth that not every low-wage worker in the world can be employed in the West, particularly at a time when robots are taking over low-paid tasks.
Don’t want to see a cage match between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin? You must be a freedom-hating traitor. Never mind that Putin’s economic views these days hew closely to Ronald Reagan’s in the 1980s, and that Russia has a 13 percent personal income tax rate.
Don’t want to empty your wallet to “fight” global warming? You planet-killer! Never mind that the universe is more self-regulating and more powerful than the ego that would conclude it could control Earth’s thermostat by tossing a few more bucks at the problem.
The grand illusion depends on full compliance in perpetuating these smaller illusions. Practitioners of true freedom who act independently represent a threat to the model and will always feel the pressure of government’s boot on their neck.
This isn’t some kind of great government conspiracy. Only in some cases does the government criminalize speech. We’ve been policing each other. The systemic tyranny has ramped up to the point that it is now beginning to unravel.
We’ve come full circle from 50 years ago, when the establishment was deemed too constrictive and replaced not by actual freedom but rather by a con job dressed up in these values. Of course, there’s always the danger of history repeating itself, with the anti-globalists and anti-leftists using smokescreens to slip discreetly into corruption themselves.
The only long-term solution is true freedom: from government, from systemic corruption, and even from those who think differently. It’s only through the ability to exercise true diversity of deeds and thought that we can ever hope to evolve, innovate and reach out to help others as a result of helping ourselves.