environment & politics

Death Of Democracy? An Example.

Forgive the huge dose of inaccurate and simplified journalism by the BBC, but this Social Libertarian community in Copenhagen, Freetown Christiania is under siege by the Danish government, and protests have kicked off in response. This is a community where people have chosen to control over as man aspects their own lives as possible—it’s a genuine democratic process.

Not like in, say, a capitalist-dominated country where you surrender your opinion to two or three parties that have very little variation, and act in the favour of big businesses under the illusion it’s more freeing. Where, over the years the people have been steadily removed from political activity. Or in other State Socialist governments that dictate your choices.

So when the government is trying to interfere with a place like Christiania, it is a loss of real democracy and real freedom.

To quote V For Vendetta: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

2 replies on “Death Of Democracy? An Example.”

I was in Copenhagen right before I met you, and I didn’t go into Christiania (which I regret) but I did walk by it and almost everyone I talked to there mentioned Christiania being an awesome place. It seemed like the Danish citizens (who don’t even live there) had a fondness for the place. Thats a shame about the government- but at the same time, its cool to hear that the people care enough to protest.
My cousin was telling me that up until recently, Denmark has been very peaceful but there have actually been terrorist threats going on and even a handful of bomb threats near where she lives.
Its all sad.

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