Governments exist to provide stability to a country and protect the rights of individuals. We give governments the power to defend our country from external threats as well as the power to enforce laws that are created by the political process.
We feel that it’s wrong to blindly accept government authority. Changes in government policy issues that touch our lives need to be examined and, sometimes, challenged.
In their quest for economic stability, governments are often willing to favor corporate interests over the needs and rights of individuals.
Secondly, governments can overreact to both real or perceived threats. They are willing to revoke individual rights and personal privacy to create the illusion of security.
Let us discuss these two issues in greater detail.
Economic Stability vs the Individual
Economic stability is important and we are not advocating experimenting with new economic systems. But what is equally important to us are the ways that large corporations destroy our privacy without our consent and undermine our democratic rights.
Large corporations exist to make a profit and to reward those individuals who own and/or control them. In order to do this, they give a great deal of money to political candidates and those already in power. The money given by corporations is done for one purpose: to use government power to aid or support corporate actions.
So what do they want?
Corporations want to end personal privacy in every possible way. They see individuals as “consumer units” that need to be tracked, monitored and manipulated. Every element of our lives — our health, habits and political activities — are seen as part of consumer profile. For the most part, governments have done nothing to stop this.
In order to achieve a profit, corporations can destroy the environment and undermine the general quality of life. International corporations have little allegiance to a country’s legal system and social values. Individual rights are often seen as a hindrance to their activities.
Many corporations are influencing governments to support protective and preferential policies over the interests of individuals. This site would be only telling one side of story if we didn’t point this out.
But something else is going on in many countries. The 21st Century has seen the wide scale use of surveillance technology to support the “Politics of Fear.”
Politics of Fear vs the Individual
This issue has been discussed by several writers such as Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein. It was a large factor in the writing of John Twelve Hawks’ Fourth Realm Trilogy. New articles and videos about this issue will continue to be displayed on We Speak for Freedom. But we feel the need to answer two questions often raised by visitors to this site.
Question: Do you believe the tragedy of 9/11 or any other incidents were created by the government to undermine our freedom?
Answer: Many conspiracy theorists believe frightening events (i.e. wars, terrorist attacks etc.) are manufactured to create a fear in the population which will allow the removal of freedoms and rights to create a police state. But the Politics of Fear does not need manufactured events to occur, nor does it need some malevolent entity controlling events to destroy human rights.
The basic way it works is this, a terrible event occurs, such as the terror attacks of September 11th. This horrific event cause a huge amount of fear in the general population.
Government leaders want to do anything that makes it appear like they are solving this problem. They are so fearful of the event reoccurring they are willing to destroy personal freedoms to increase the impression that they are providing real safety and security.
Question: Don’t you realize that there are terrorists out there? We have to do something!
Answer: Of course there are terrorists and there will continue to be terrorist attacks. Horrific events will always be carried out while there are still people willing to commit them.
But we need to respond in relative measure — not out of fear. For example, 3000 people died in September 11 attacks, leading to war, restrictions on freedoms and human rights. In the US, during that same year, 42,000 people died in road traffic accidents. But nobody called for the banning of cars.
If a country is going to ask their soldiers to “fight for freedom,” then people have the right to ask “what freedoms are they fighting for?”