Naturally, human beings embark and accept the idea of “social contract”, whereby citizens would seek and try the common good within a given society. Thereby, the people itself are the nation’s voice which is evidenced through the “general will” and national sovereignty, with this being said, people within a nation must be willing to jeopardize their own personal interests for the common good or “general will”. Logically, the people who possess the national sovereignty are the ones who will elect their representatives that will eventually establish written laws in order to allow a nation to fully function. Bearing this in mind, is paramount to fully grasp that the representatives should be considered as a “collective person”, in other words, the representatives are a metaphysical person and in theory will not jeopardize in anyway, shape or form since any “bad” or “immoral” actions will also affect him as member of that nation and society as a whole, which made the Democracy concept flourished.
However, in today’s society, even though there are a lot Democracies within Europe, oftentimes there are lack of democratic values. More concretely, fortunately people have the right to vote, as well as many parties to choose, but that is not enough by itself. People have been losing faith in their governments and in Democracy, since they belief politicians and lawmakers do not care about the people and the nation itself but about their personal and special interests which violate completely many Democratic values and the “agreement” made by the people in the “Social Contract”. Oftentimes, politicians have been promising unreachable ideas in order to gain votes, but when they are elected they usually do not fulfill their promises, which I would argue is mainly because their campaign financiers do not allow them and eventually some laws are proposed due to the influence of those financiers and/or multinational corporations. More deeply, I would argue the financial and economic world, like Wall Street and Banks are the main responsible, since they only care about their financial profit and they do not care about the people neither society itself. Unfortunately, there is an increase in Oligarchs power and thereby some might say that politicians are merely puppets from the “power behind the scenes”, which disrespect the people’s power, since they had alienated their power of self-government to a abstract entity that we call: Government and State, besides the fact, many may argue that our politicians and representatives are not elected but either selected, thereby we as a people do not have a real choice to vote and represent the national and people’s interest. I would go further by stating that we somehow have become gradually slaves of this tyrannic system and we do not even notice it, as Johann von Goethe once said: “The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.”
This might be the foremost problem in today’s World which had allowed some radical parties and parties who do not support today’s European Union since is their belief there is too much bureaucracy, subversion and so forth. As a result, countries like Poland, Italy, France, Hungary and some more have seen in their political atmosphere an increase in those parties, in fact, I would distinguish Hungary’s Prime Minister: Viktor Orbán since he has repeatedly defended that Hungarian’s billionaire George Soros is a threat to Democracy and European Union, as well as Nigel Farage and some others.
Anyway, Democracy has become a odd reality since we have allowed our governments to be corrupted and today’s policies are not helping people and society in general terms. In my opinion, there should be a more transparent political system and the Media should help in this process, as well, the Educational System and Universities, otherwise we can be jeopardizing all the effort that has been made across decades and even centuries to establish a fairer society, where values as: Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are a must and every human being has intrinsic rights as John Locke had written.
With this being said, I think European young generation should make the difference and are the change for our future as national citizens, but more importantly as European and World Citizens, and thereby we should unite all together and discuss ideas and help one another.