The age old debate of where government responsibility ends and where personal responsibility takes hold is more rife than ever. With the pushing of egalitarian policy, to the demanding of government to fix our media and healthcare. Where is the limit?
The biggest problem is the west has a ‘blame culture’ that ties in with concepts like victimhood culture and identity politics.
When Caroline Flack tragically passed, people blamed the government and the media and demanded they fix it with speech laws. During the height of the climate debate, Greta Thunberg targeted world leaders and diplomats for not acting on the climate emergency. When people are less fortunate than others, it’s the fault of the government and call for the implementation of hardline socialist policies. When women or minorities are ‘oppressed’ we call for ‘positive discrimination’ policy to level the playing field.
The point is, the blame is never our society or individuals, but a government they don‘t like or figures they hate.
The government screw up on a routine basis; you could even say they are incompetent at everything and most would agree. This raises a few queries. Firstly, are we asking too much from our government? Are we missing the point of what government is meant to achieve? Secondly, why do we turn to them to fix the world if we think they’re incompetent? The more we ask of someone/something, the less likely they will be able to do it consistently well.
If we pick something topical – say Caroline Flacks death and look to society we see an instant blame game. Her death was exploited by virtue signalling figureheads to spin a narrative that government rhetoric and the media was the sole blame – yet, turn to them for input on laws?
Let’s look at the environment. Government participation in ‘croney capitalism’ and use of fossil fuels is to blame for climate change according to figures like Thunberg. Yet calls on them to make the changes?
Confused yet? No? Ok then let’s look at the economy. It’s a predominately left-Wing thing to look at the ‘wealth inequality’ and blame that on government economic structures or lack of benefits yet turn to them to fix it as if it’s the only option.
The common denominator with all of these problems is that most of them can be solved more effectively with community unity. In addition to this, with all of these issues, the onus is more on us than the government.
Is it the government’s fault that with a growing population we consume and waste and exorbitant amount of electrical energy and fuels? Is it the governments fault that we troll each other online and abuse members of our society on cesspit social media sites like Twitter? Is it the governments fault that some people exploit a capitalist system for their gain whilst others don’t put work in or can’t?
These problems can be more effectively solved as communities but we would much rather separate into cliques and tribes, isolate into our intellectual and ideological bubbles and attack those that disagree.
Most of us have a political side. Which means you have an active distain for about 50% of the government at any given time. Yet we seek to maximise there power – giving them control of our speech, economy and social interactions. We have almost lost the ability to act autonomously from them and we see this with the rise of socialism.
In order to have full socialism, the government usurps power in the economy and social ideologies. We are seeing this with the populist rise of Bernie Sanders in the USA and the ever left moving Labour Party in the UK.
If we hate the government so much and want to function in society with such polarised politics and hyper-partisanship, we should aim to minimise government power – so we don’t have to care who’s in. We need to understand what aspects of society we can handle as a community. Can we give more charity? Be nicer? Use less energy? When is the fault of the government, by all means call it out – but understand we are the majority, it is our job to live responsibly not the government to baby us into it.