It has been evident for some time that the former “free world” countries (United States, EU, Canada, Australia, Japan, etc.) have been on a downward progression – socially, politically and economically.
But, over the past decade, awareness of this has become increasingly pronounced. With each subsequent year, more and more people recognize that all aspects of life in these once great countries are heading in a decidedly negative direction.
At this point, even those who don’t to understand the decline intellectually, they feel in their gut that it will not turn out well. Also, they feel it around them and feel that when the condition becomes critical, it won’t just affect others. When he reaches the crisis stage, they will find him right on the doorstep.
The average person in each of these jurisdictions already no longer trusts either the media, corporations or the government and feels that, in some way, they are all involved in this together and that they, the electorate, will be who they will be. the last casualties.
So, is it a matter of “collective imagination” gone haywire?
Not at all, I’m afraid. Their instincts are quite correct. Governments and corporations alike have sold off the population, viewing them as mere fodder in their quest for more power and wealth. The governments of the former “Free World” have for decades become more and more collectivists, promising ever greater generosity to the plebs, and the majority of voters, sad to say, ate it.
However, as the electorate becomes more concerned, they are not asking the government to reverse and stop the economically illogical generosity. Quite the opposite. As their fears grow, they ask More generosity.
And therefore, it should come as no surprise that, as we approach the collapse of this house of cards, new candidates arrive on the scene, offering to take rights to Neverland, promising free universal health care, free education through universities, and a guaranteed income without the need to earn it in any way.
Of course, when this happens, those who understand that 2 + 2 = 4, not 8 or 12, recognize that any government that attempts to deliver on those promises will cause the collapse of the system – not just the economic system, but the social and political systems as well. .
And so those people who understand that the numbers simply won’t work, are wondering where it will go. They generally wring their hands, aware that their concern is the point of view of the minority. They recognize that they can no longer freely discuss their concerns, as their country is moving in the opposite direction, embracing the new empty promises, with ever more determination.
They look around for some form of hope and, in most cases, whether they like to admit it or not, their hopes are fixed on the Fairy of Freedom.
They hope in vain that somehow the average voter will “wake up” or that the politicians in office will come before the press to reverse the position they have always held – that the big government will provide for everyone.
Unfortunately it is a vain hope, isn’t it? Deep in our hearts, we know that seated politicians will not collectively say, “Oops, we made a fool. We are ruining the country. We will downsize the government, we will introduce a free market system and then we will step down and get out of the way.” .
Since that won’t happen, the only hope is that a Freedom Fairy will come along, someone who has never held public office before, who says, “You know what? I am going against the system. If I am elected, I will cheerfully tell Congress that they must stop all this collectivist nonsense, stop borrowing money and turn their backs on all the corrupt deals they have made over their political life. “
Yet, as obvious as it should be that no Fairy of Freedom will come, let alone succeed, at each successive election cycle, the more “enlightened” part of the electorate begins to imagine: “Maybe this time it will be different. Maybe we can turn this around.”
And here, in this last sentence, the key word on the futility of this wishful thinking – the word “we”.
It seems to be human nature to imagine that if a group of us – perhaps even a large group – believe that something is a good idea, it will somehow happen.
Worse still, the “we” suggests that the person in question truly believes their vote has some meaning.
As Mark Twain said, “If the vote made any difference, they wouldn’t let us.”
In good times, the electorate can vote for the lesser of two evils. In the end, whatever the victory, the management of the country remains as previously planned. There may be changes in the leader’s style, but the same playbook is followed, just like before.
Objective in volatile times, as we are facing now, the electorate can vote for the lesser of two nightmares. In the end, whatever the victory, the country’s race will remain as previously planned, but the electorate will be even more polarized than before and the end result will be much worse.
And so, for the more ‘advanced’ voter – the one who understands that the political, economic and social system is going down, the most natural tendency seems to be to irrationally hope that the Fairy of Freedom will come, wave the magic wand. , and send the country back to a time when almost everyone worked for a living, took responsibility for themselves, paid their own way, and built a strong and productive society.
It’s really rare for anyone in that situation to honestly say to themselves, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto.”
And this is the tragic truth. The former free and productive society was wiped out. It no longer exists and will not return.
Unfortunately, there isn’t is no Fairy of Liberty, nor is there a Wizard of Oz, any more than there is an Easter Bunny or a Santa Claus. When empires collapse, the worst thing a voter can do is write in vain on the ballot the name of who they think might be the last Freedom Fairy. Instead, he should throw his ballot in the dustbin and leave the seat, knowing that Mark Twain was absolutely right.
And what then? Well, this is an even more difficult question to address. Because, at that point, he has to accept that if, a) his country has reached its expiration date and, b) takes him ashore, his only hope is to get out of the system that he realizes he is on the verge of swallowing it. .
If he doesn’t want to become collateral damage, his only choice is to pursue the freedom he loves in a place where it still exists. Just as the more enlightened German Jews found in 1938; just as experienced Cuban entrepreneurs did in 1959, the last chance to pursue freedom is just before it ends up where you currently reside.
Reprinted with permission from international man.