First the financial crisis with the fear of bank failures and a collapse of the euro, then the corona pandemic with its paralyzing lockdowns, then the war in Ukraine with the option of a small world war, and now rising inflation that will bring massive impoverishment – The 20s of the 21st century will probably not go down in history as a very carefree epoch, even if a meteor doesn’t hit or bad-tempered aliens land.
A notable consequence of this permanent crisis mode, which seems to have become the New Normal, is a creeping but momentous readjustment of the relationship between citizens and government: namely, the longer the crisis mode lasts, more and more like that between ill-tempered toddlers and their parents, who constantly live beyond their means, but still always try to assuage their dear little ones with expensive gifts.
Politicians have been doing the same since the financial crisis. Wherever the crisis in question causes financial damage to the individual, the state immediately steps in to patch up the problem with banknotes. He prevented savers and investors from even marginal damage in the banking crisis, covered all losses from lockdowns and other corona measures and is now in the process of bearing the costs of inflation, insofar as that is at all feasible.
It’s always about the same thing: sparing those affected by a crisis from any pain – in the hope of being able to thank them in the form of votes at the next poll.
No politician who wants to be re-elected in two or three years is interested in the fact that the problem is not solved in this way, but is only beamed into the future well packaged in the form of debts, where they will blow up in our descendants’ ears. The results are not only debts that could eventually ruin our money, but also a generation of voters who are more sensitive to pain than any before them and who want even the smallest economic ailment to be compensated by the general public, as if there were a human right to the smooth running of an S- Class sedan.
The demand for an unconditional basic income for everyone, which is raised more and more often, is ultimately only the logical end point of this mentality.
This is, of course, an infantile, unworldly and irrational mentality, which above all means that the individual is less and less able to master the adversities of life himself, to take responsibility for himself and possibly even his family and to provide for them – and the above all, it means that the individual becomes less and less a designer and actor, but becomes part of a flock of sheep. A flock of sheep that bleat happily as long as the feed and temperature are okay, but which gets restless as soon as the heating gets stuck.
Russia’s war against Ukraine, with all its dramatic consequences for us, from disrupted supply chains to the possibility of a winter without tropically warm apartments because no more gas comes from Russia, has shown how massive reality suddenly and without prior notice in our cozy little world can collapse.
Such a thing cannot be managed reasonably by a population and electorate that lives in a bubble of illusion and continues to believe that they are entitled to a politician-driven imposter’s paradise, in which the state acts as a sugar daddy to keep everyone happy, come what may wool.
I think it’s high time for a public coffers, in which the rulers pour out the clear wine for the governed about where we really stand and what we still have to expect. And what additional sacrifices, effort, and toil will be required to get back on track halfway. It’s time to wake up.