Some Concepts Are Important

Some concepts are of overwhelming importance. Among these concepts are justice, freedom and liberty as well as the rule of law. Fashions change in our attitudes to important concepts and the law develops around these changes. Often, in changing the law we lose sight of the fundamental importance of the concept and hitch it to a series of regulations rather than concentrating on not losing sight of the concept itself. In doing so we modify a concept of overwhelming importance so as to render it almost sterile.

We are at risk of these concepts becoming more honoured in the breach than in the observance. Thus freedom becomes control, justice becomes injustice and liberty oppression.

 

2 Responses

  1. Justice, freedom, liberty and the rule of law are venerated by the ‘people’. Unfortunately, as you say, we are ruled ever more restrictively by regulators who rarely seem to act in the interests of people.

    Regulations, read individually, may appear perfectly reasonable but until their overall purpose is divined we might be frogs kept comfortably warm or we might be frogs being slowly cooked.

    In my view, Greek ‘poloi’ are being slowly cooked by the EU. Everyone knows Greece will never have the capacity pay off its debts to German, French and Dutch banks. So, the EU political elite is destroying Greece to protect its own banks at the expense of the culture which gave birth to the concepts of justice, freedom, liberty and the rule of law. This almost more Stalinist than Stalin yet the media focuses on Greek debt rather than the severe and harsh terms imposed by the Troika and IMF.

    A deal on Thursday will prolong the EU/Euro, perhaps just long enough, but I hope Greeks realise that a deal means the continuation of being slowly cooked by the creeping regulation of their pensions, utilities, banks. Their physical assets will be plundered and the country’s occupants will be ultimately boiled to death.

    Will they jump out of the pan in time?

  2. Report from the Hellenic Parliament’s Truth Committee on Public Debt:

    “It has also come to the understanding of the Committee that the unsustainability of the Greek public debt was evident from the outset to the international creditors, the Greek authorities, and the corporate media. Yet, the Greek authorities, together with some other governments in the EU, conspired against the restructuring of public debt in 2010 in order to protect financial institutions. The corporate media hid the truth from the public by depicting a situation in which the bailout was argued to benefit Greece, whilst spinning a narrative intended to portray the population as deservers of their own wrongdoings. “

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