Somehow, the concept of “state” has become disreputable. Or maybe not the concept of “state” itself, but a general skepticism of the “establishment”. Many have drawn connections between Trump winning the presidential elections in the U.S.A., the Brexit and the rise of right-wing extremists in Europe.
People seem to challenge the “system”, saying that the old authorities don’t represent them anymore, that they feel not seen and not understood, and that the media is not informing them correctly about what is “really” going on the world, but instead just reproducing “political correctness”.
It might be no coincidence that in this general mood of mistrust, members of the Reichsbürger movement in Germany have come into public focus, people that believe that the German Reich was never truly abolished, that Germany is a private enterprise run by the U.S., and all the politicians and public officers are just their puppets. They question the validity of all documents, refuse to pay taxes, and one of them shot a police officer, when policemen wanted to arrest him because of his tax debt.
Their mindset seems to overlap partly with the mindset of some right-wing extremists, when preaching that the “refugee crisis” is being directed by the U.S. or other external forces who have an interest in crushing European countries.
And these are just the most extremists of positions. It weren’t just lunatics who elected Trump, who voted for the Brexit, who are loosing faith in our governments and public structures.
And at the same time, we are trusting our most private data to private companies such as facebook and google.
What is happening?
In times where we are more connected then ever, we are drifting apart. In times where information is available to everybody, we prefer to stay in our own “bubble”.
The complexity of the world lies spread out in front of us, and we prefer to stick to “simple” solutions.
Dear Lord, are we primitive?