Reading the newspaper, watching TV or listening to the radio offers little amusement nowadays. Not only because mass media is overcrowded with mostly disgusting, brain- and useless content but also because the audience will be given few, often contradicting pieces of information. Thinking about it, one can conclude that it is not in their (the mass media) best interest to deliver real news but rather keep the masses busy with chunks of disinformation. Thus, Joe Average cares more about the football results, which celebrity got a new nose or why Demi and Ashton broke up…
However, the financial turmoil we all live in, lasts too long already. Over time, slowly and seemingly person by person the implications of our situation soak through human understanding. It is still true that some people (like the readers of this blog) woke up earlier than others. Yet, it is visible that more and more people start to think about their future in light of weakening economic stability.
More thinking though, leads to more questions which lead to more research and finally to the beginning of understanding. With a better understanding, people easily see behind the “Everything Is Fine-Façade”.
Step by step citizens start to understand what is happening around them. How politics and finance are interlinked and how this connection influences our future lives. May citizens start to mistrust politics that over and over again revises its own promises and statements within ever shorter periods of time. Instead of acknowledging mistakes and turning around, politics continue following down the wrong way ever faster.
Inexperienced politicians stay in office still being considered as distinguished statesmen, bankrupt bankers get bonuses and keep their reputation, lobbyists grow their influence and write government laws, central banks give free lunch to everybody and print money, journalists sing in a willing choir instead of reporting about reality etc.
All this finally leads to frustration among the formerly calm citizens. It is not the wrong things that are tried, or hidden from the public. It is that the players in this game GET AWAY WITH IT! Therefore people once just concerned with their own (often difficult) lives suddenly start to get aggressive and radicalize. This radicalization starts to shimmer through and like in a construction plan part by part is set together building an even more dangerous rage.
Who ever read the comment section of economic articles in the Telegraph, Handelsblatt, Guardian or Daily Mail knows what I mean. You will easily find comments talking about “liars”, “traitors”, “thieves”, “betrayal”, “…hanging the responsible…”, “…sending them off to Siberia…” or even worse. That is surely not a good sign for the future.
Until yesterday it was just small forms of protest – writing, spraying, occupying. Starting today, with the attempted bomb attack on Deutsche Bank CEO Ackermann , radicalization has reached a new level. If this trend continues we will see a form of radicalization unknown to Europe for the last half century.
Once all parts of this plan are put together in the end, we will all have to see how this gun fires…