All over the world, you can see a similar trend: democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal. Intolerance (eg, for people thinking differently) is increasing. My blog is not about the (lack of) legality of that trend (eg, Austria, USA). My blog is about the Why of this trend.
Last Sunday, Dutch ethics professor Fleur Jongepier was warning the Dutch Cabinet that a 2G or 3G virus approach is banning dissenting people from a democratic society (NRC). She is not sure whether politicians fully understand what they’re doing. I couldn’t agree more.
The actions of these democrats-in-name-only (DINO) and liberals-in-name-only (LINO) will trigger Isaac Newton‘s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (source). Hence, these undemocratic democrats and illiberal liberals have been triggering an undemocratic and illiberal opposition. Once in power, democracy will be replaced by nationalism (eg, Hungary, Poland, Trump, UK).
The above is in accordance with the prediction by ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c.425 BC – 348/347 BC) that democracy would be replaced by tyranny, which would be the 5th and final regime type (eg, my blogs of 2018 and 2021).
These current developments also fit well in my concept of trialism, dualism and monism:
– trialism: life is governed by the triangle of Love, Knowledge & Power;
– dualism: life is governed by Knowledge versus Power (eg, Imam Ali, Francis Bacon, Michel Foucault);
– monism: life is governed by Power while Knowledge and Love are subordinated to Power.
I suppose that countries are now making a transfer from dualism to monism and following an example that was already set by China. This may, however, not (fully) answer my Why question.
This development matches with my 2019 version of the 7 Belief systems, in which Politics (and Religion) are replaced by Data and Technology. The new Power dimension of Data, Money & Technology is omni-present in our lives.
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”A quote by Ernest Benn (1875-1954), a British political publicist and often misattributed to Groucho Marx (1890-1977), an American comedian
I can feel when my mind starts to creep into doubt
On the days when the strength in my heart’s giving out
There’s a light, but it hides from me deep in the cloud
There’s a voice that I need, but I don’t hear a sound
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