what caused the decline of the Roman Empire?
1. corruption (killing of #Cesar: “et tu brute?”)
2. lead water pipes (todays environment pollution)
no form of state found a good fix for corruption.
transparency could be the fix. (freedom of speech, uncensored / unredacted internet, privacy for the poor, transparency for the powerful, wikileaks, snowden)
but we would also need transparency about the “blood” of the economy/society where the money is created and where it is flowing.
this demands major steps towards whistle blower protection.
if in a “democracy” you can’t tell the truth about a crime without going to jail by secret courts (without transparency, without the public getting any insight, that would be what Snowden is facing when extradited to the USA), than this is NOT a democracy or a lawful state, this is corruption.
unfortunately “telling the truth” can collide massively with the interest of companies (protecting their intellectual property) and spy agencies (protecting their methods) but if a company or an agency is doing things unlawful – than blowing the whistle on that should be protected by law.
i would compare it with a body: if there is something wrong in your body – you SHOULD feel a pain – if you don’t – your early warning system is broken and the whole body-nation might die.
that is the problem with dictatorship: No one dares to tell the King that his decisions might be wrong – thus – an important error-correction element was taken out of the equation – does not sound like a fix to me.
corruption is the major problem – when unfixed – history will repeat itself. (democracy -> dictatorship -> democracy -> dictatorship… back and forth in an endless loop of non-sense.)
for me the biggest “turning point” was the terror attack that killed President #Kennedy, that would have never happened without sufficient levels of corruption. that was basically the killing of Cesar.
in this moment international faith in the faithfulness and righteousness of USA was lost on sarge scale.
please remember: people around the world suffer from their (corrupt to the bone) governments, that includes #USA, #Europe, #Israel… can’t speak for China i guess they are not allowed to utter such things.
basically with corruption injustice follows… and the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and everything goes out of balance and descents into chaos.
what gives me faith is this:
but be careful and not naive: the path to hell is paved with “good intentions”.
“good intentions” will not cut it – it needs to be thought through and tested concepts that work better than what we already have – sounds like work? it is.
but not doing this work would mean give up on mankind.