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Openness as a weapon…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 26, 2008

“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy
should be the weapon of openness.”
—Niels Bohr

I have been responsible for a lot of Internet Groups. I was often advised to deal with any conflicts in private. I generally refused. There were many reasons for this – one was the fact that openness was the best assurance that any abuse that might occur was witnessed. Another was that when things are done in private people have a tendency to erupt into rumors and innuendos about what is really going on, which in the end result in disruptions worse than the original conflict.

True democracy is based on openness. Both between individuals and between the individual and the State. Openness is empowering. We need openness. Or we are no better than the worst dictator.

Posted in Democracy, General, General Society | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

Human Rights…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 18, 2006

It seems to me that where ever I go on the Internet I come upon discussions about Human Rights – what they are, who has them and who doesn’t have them. Frequently the idea comes up that criminals don’t have any Human Rights, not even after they have served their time.Now let’s see, that means President George W. Bush doesn’t have any Human Rights, Nelson Mandela doesn’t have any Human Rights, Hugh Grant, Christian Slater, the English Royal Family, (under the clause of ‘guilt by association’) the Crown Prince of Denmark, Prime Minister Tony Blair…plus the leaders of a dozen countries in the Third World. They all have criminal records, and according to a certain Mind-set they lost their Human Rights the moment they committed what in the eyes of the Law of the land is a crime.

Fascinating isn’t it?

It’s almost as fascinating as the FACT that the country that claims to be the most democratic and greatest advocate of Democracy and Human Rights, in the World is in fact not a Democracy at all, but a Republic and a Police State which routinely denies big chuncks of it’s citizenship the right to vote.Wow. Hitler, at least, had the decency to not pretend to be democratic and for human rights – maybe because he was vegetarian…or possibly because he was one hell of a road-builder…?


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