When freedom is worth less than nothing

When the American people found out about the secret NSA programs, they were livid. For years afterward, Europe has been pointing and laughing at Americans for disregarding the warning of one of their Founding Fathers: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

No more.

Yesterday, smack dab in the heart of Europe, in one of the freest, most liberal Western democracies – Switzerland -, after years of Snowden revelations, two thirds of voters opted for a state surveillance more oppressive than anything the United States government ever dreamt of. It was not created in secret. It was not implemented over the head of Swiss citizens. Instead, it was freely accepted by the majority of my landsmen.

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…and then there were none

With a pretext worse than a 10-year-old could have invented, Nigel Farage slunk off the stage as well, showing the world how little he believes in the very ideas he has been promoting for so many years. While it’s too late for Britain, maybe enough people will wake up all across Europe to the fact that the far right has nothing to offer beyond empty promises.

Who knows, maybe even America realizes the fact that electing a clown like Trump would be a really bad idea.

A big mouth with nothing to back it up

The probably biggest liar of the “Leave EU” campaign, Boris Johnson, announced he won’t be throwing his hat in the ring for the post of prime minister. Just another dishonest lying cheat in politics who soils himself at the first sign of trouble, the blame doesn’t rest on him so much than on the cattle that ate up all he spewed out.

I guess Brits can now stop making fun of Americans for re-electing a president they didn’t even elect the first time around.

When the self-deluding become the majority…

this happens. Disregarding the extreme right which always prefers autarchy over international trade and the few old school diehards that still live in the mindset that Great Britain is a world superpower, the majority probably voted for separation because they truly believe they can make better deals with the US and the rest of the world if they are not part of the European Union.

Three quarters of a century ago, this messianistic belief already cost the Brits their empire and their economic prosperity. Winston Churchill was a prime example of a British politician who sincerely believed the Americans had nothing but the best interests of Great Britain on their mind. Roosevelt played Churchill like a fiddle and by the end World War II the UK was hopelessly broke and doubly dethroned as leading world power by both the United States and the Soviet Union. Decades of recession followed, just like they most probably will now.

Who died today?

Terrorist massacres are on everyone’s mind thanks to mass media, but that is not the only thing killing people before they die of natural causes (or at least at an advanced age). Listed below are the daily averages over the last few years:

  • killed by terrorists*: 85
  • killed by private handguns in the US alone: 90
  • killed in road traffic accidents: 3’500
  • killed by second hand smoke**: 1’700
  • killed by their own smoking habits: 15’000
  • killed due to lack of access to clean drinking water: 10’000
  • killed due to hunger or malnutrition***: 12’000

* including islamics in the Middle East as well as white supremacists in the West, and everything in between that is officially considered terrorism
** with a small amount of cynicysm applied, this could be merged under the category “terrorism”
*** even though the yearly global food production is sufficient to feed every single human being

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