Mar 15 2019 – Kevin Yaworski – Concerned Citizen and Volunteer Public Advocate
A common quote or saying made gender neutral and expanded is A person’s liberty rests in four boxes. The soap box, ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box. Let no person be kept from speaking the truth or from the ballot box because of their color or their sex. Let no person be persecuted for breaking an unjust law or for defending themselves, their property or those more vulnerable.
Many I have heard from think refusing to talk about modern day problems is the cause of these problems. I agree.
A few things are missing from these important points about civil liberties and modern day problems.
Many countries with “proper” democracies already enforce the freedom to go to the ballot box without fear of harrassment, attack or any pressure but what protection do they have from the onslaught of false and misleading information many are bombarded with from fake news, propaganda and biased or influenced media? Not just from foreign entities but internal from those that have something to gain or hide by the misleading or worse.
There is talk about more transparency and accountability but most are idle promises. There is talk and some action on requiring social media super powers to control hate speech, fake news and manipulation of users. With in the last year this has had limited effectiveness.
Now there is talk of nationalising or breaking up these internet and digital economy giants. Equally there is calls for breaking government up or down sizing as it has also gotten to big and unsustainable. In some countries centralizing and reducing bureaucracy has worked and these countries are getting the most value for money from tax dollars.
Then the governments wont be so hell bent on coming up with new taxes, taxation as fine schemes and others actions that infringe ior erode civil liberties.
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