ug. Swiss political culture – our attitude towards the state is at stake.
An increasingly restrictive legislation, in which we gradually trade liberty for a pretended (!) security, is based on a serious psychological misconception.
In pedagogy one strengthens children by trusting and expecting them to do something. Gifted trust strengthens the willingness to cooperate and take on responsibility. This leads children to maturity. This is not only true for children.
Our political culture depends on the willingness of our citizens to take responsibility for our common life. Any incapacitation weakens the sense of responsibility.
The militia principle is an established tradition, according to which citizens bear responsibility in a variety of ways in addition to family and professional responsibilities. This is how our society works. In contrast to the citizens of other states, we directly determine the legislation and thus the fortune of our country ourselves. We cannot delegate this responsibility, but must bear it personally – ultimately through compulsory military duty.
In a bureaucracy, administrators determine how people live together, and the citizen becomes an object of administration. He is incapacitated and is under general suspicion, beginning with the tax return, through the responsible handling of pets, to the possession of weapons. He always has to prove his honesty, reliability and adherence to the laws to an official apparatus.
“Trust, but verify”, Lenin reportedly has said. But especially in Lenin’s country it turned out to be fatal: Without trust there is no relying on control! •
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