There is a need for deeper reflection on the direction of social development.
Individual events make visible or raise the question why political decisions of great importance are withdrawn from democratic discussion and decision-making. It seems that influential actors only make such decisions among themselves.
Over the decades since the Second World War, a tendency – and an implicit image of humanity – has become increasingly clear, which corresponds to a regression to the rule of force.
Market radicalism dominates economic life worldwide, and throughout society we are witnessing a tendency towards social Darwinism and the safeguarding of undeserved privileges, as already claimed by the colonial barons of the 19th century.
But the “world economy” is not a subjectless undertaking. There are actors therein “with names, addresses and faces”, who by no means act in a covert manner and who cannot avoid public opinion. They must therefore make their interests appear in harmony with the common good.
The era of colonialism is over, when people could still unashamedly indulge their lust for power on the militarily inferior peoples.
This is why the field of opinion-forming has become increasingly important. However, it should be about an honest presentation of the facts.
Various political developments in Switzerland clearly violate the interests of the sovereign and thus reveal the effects of socio-technological interventions. The list is only roughly sketched and therefore incomplete.
In this twilight, the debate about the popular initiative For responsible businesses – protecting human rights and the environment or how to deal with the COVID pandemic is now also being discussed.
People are insecure in their self-concept and in their understanding of living together. And in this hopeless confusion, determined actors have a free hand to pursue their selfish interests.
A calm reflection is urgently needed. Modern anthropology provides us with a picture of human social nature, which is often given too little consideration in political life. From the perspective of the human sciences, the lines of movement of social development with the interests involved could be carefully viewed and examined for their relevance to life.
Perhaps we are now using the slow movement of public life caused by the pandemic as an opportunity to do so. •
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