Global disorder is the manifestation of an ever-changing world. The conservative pillars of societies insist that they view it as an infectious disease curable with third generation social antibiotics. This includes the suppression of peaceful demonstrations, which often turn violent due to the brutal reactions of the police, state terrorism, asymmetric abuse of power, and the like. And yet, the disease is incurable because it is not a disease but a new social condition.
The symptoms of the new social condition include the rise of anti-systemic groupings and the generalised hate. The protagonists, in both cases, are the younger generations.
The growth of the anti-establishment calls for an intelligent method of containment, as the traditional ways to suppress this sort of movement have, so far, brought about the opposite of the intended result. The constituents of the new social condition are apolitical, ideologically anarchist, and difficult to negotiate with as the groupings are many and in many case, leaderless as they are the result of bottom-up, social media formations.
This new social condition was, in fact, inevitable as it is the result of the combination of two irreversible factors – digitalisation and globalisation.
What immensely complicates the problem is that citizens, especially the youth, have the power to communicate. Young people who have a higher education, and occasionally a job, are far from ever being able to fulfil their abilities and their dreams. With a single smart phone, they become extremely dangerous for the system and ultimately cannot be controlled by regular or extracurricular police methods.
The two fundamental reasons that lead to the new social condition are an unfair distribution of wealth. Today, roughly, 0.5% of the world’s population controls 40% of the wealth, while 95% must live with only 30% for the rest of humanity. This, for the 95%, is unjust and the power to communicate for free generates unrest and discontent within the bottom layers of society. Protracted austerity and overregulation kill individual creativity in favour of the big conglomerates. This has created a new social class of thinking and the so-called “neo-poor” is now waiting to revolt.
The gradual limitation of democratic freedoms from people who previously had these same liberties, is a major social and political disruption. This because, more rulers have been trapped into granting excessive, near-extraordinary authority over to the administrators, which have, in many fields, become autonomous and no longer respond to the political chain of command.
This choice appears to have been deemed necessary to suppress social turmoil caused by small groups that would eventually have a domino effect for large numbers of citizens living near or below the poverty line.
This choice, however, was wrong.
The upcoming social change cannot be avoided as it is part of the process of the social evolution of mankind. It can be only technically postponed for a finite period of time. Any delay, however, potentially magnifies the likely collateral damage.
Europe is very vulnerable to this new social condition. Besides austerity, the curtailing of democratic freedoms under the guise of fighting terrorism, money laundering and tax evasion as well as overregulation, there are two main problems that threaten Europe’s social cohesion and integrity.
Several countries in the past based their development and progress on immigrants. The United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, and many others. In the previous century, millions of immigrants moved in a legitimate and orderly way, and with specific criteria, to fill pre-determined job positions. Today, immigrants in growing numbers come to Europe by just stepping in, usually without visas or papers. The big Member States are against a European Regulation that would put an end to this immigrant chaos. Instead, Europe is full of NGOs that help illegal immigrants enter Europe while EU budget is paying generous allowances to all newcomers. This is supposed to act as an incentive for more to come.
Breaking up national boundaries
More provinces – Catalonia in Spain, the Veneto in Italy, Corsica in France, Scotland in the UK, to mention few – want to break away from their current national governments to establish their own state, and even more are thinking about the same prospect.
The main problem of our time is that politics needs politicians who do right things to act. Civil servants should do just things right, but somebody has to tell them what the right things are. To avoid the worse and guarantee a safe passage to the new social condition with minimal collateral damage, which also benefits society from the very beginning, we need to redesign the role of the administration and get politicians to rule Europe.
Politicians listen and talk to people and can bridge the gap between the state and citizens in order to introduce an orderly change and limit the cost that society will have to pay. Indeed, in any change, there will always be collateral damage. The point is that politicians can help with this process without the possibility of bloodshed.
Last but not least, what I would be doing first if I were the leader of any traditional Western European country.
I would be getting advice, not only by my traditional t advisors. I would also be hiring an additional small team of apparatchiks from the Communist parties that once ruled Eastern Europe – they can easily be found in 11 countries that are now full members of the EU.
Most of these people are in their mid 60s and starving as a result of their ridiculously low pensions. They are ready to serve the “right cause” if asked. They all had superior Communist educations from serving in the Komsomol – the Young Communist League – and going to MGIMO, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and, they experienced the shock of the transition to freedom. What they know better than most, is how to evaluate social phenomena, read ordinary peoples’ minds, and how to manipulate the populace.
As now Europe must learn to live by crisis, this is exactly the knowledge our leaders need. Think about it, but rush because the species is under extinction.