The last year was full of political events, that shocked many. Scientists and ordinary people are still thinking over and cannot understand the reasons of Brexit, Trumps election, the rise of far-right movements in various countries. Surprisingly, citizens of the respective countries could not understand the events either. The day after the Brexit, British were googling “What is European Union?”. The day after Trump’s victory in the US elections, thousands went out to protest with posters “Not my president”. Is democracy fading, leaving people unsatisfied with the outcomes of democratic decisions? Otherwise, do people lack knowledge about the candidates, their policies but are still going to elections and giving their voices?
The 2016 was unprecedented for international politics. In 2017 we are going to see the realization of Trump’s policy, the president elections in France and federal elections in Germany. With the experience of 2016, we already know that impossible can become possible. When people are dissatisfied with the situation in their countries a lot, it is more likely for them to vote for any politician opposite to the ruling party, as a chance for a rough change. However, it seems that some people do not care so much if this rough change is in better or worse direction. The vote for new unexperienced, not of a kind politicians might lead to a rough change for worse. This was always the case of choosing dictators after economic crises. Maybe much exaggerated example, but Adolf Hitler came to power in such crisis time.
People all over the world are becoming more nationalistic, locking out in their local communities and looking with hate to the rest of the world. After the years of liberal development, something divided the world into “us” and “them” once again. While scientists try to oppose, people are so tired, tired of something they are not sure of what. They want a rough change. European citizens from the prosperous countries are mowing to join ISIS terrorists and their left behind friends are voting for far rights parties to fight ISIS. Citizens of the country build on migration are choosing the president who want to deport migrants. Psychological feature of human nature to go from one extreme to the other is currently defining political decisions in many countries. Why cannot we learn from the historical mistakes?
The next issue is the situation, when individuals who are satisfied with the present situation are not going to elections. Dissatisfied ones are participating and making their choices. Consequently, the previously satisfied part of the population is going out into the streets and start protesting against the decision, in which they were not participating by their own choice.
From the other side, the interest in politics from the more educated part of the population is decreasing, while less educated people are used by far right parties for evoking their deepest emotions and nationalistic feelings. What are these ‘nationalistic feelings’? To remind, a great number of famous artists and scientists did not want to be associated solely with their motherland. They wanted their talents and achievements to be appreciated and used by all humans irrespectively of race, religion or language spoken. Just remember Einstein and his ideas about global governance in his famous work ‘Einstein on Peace’. Now think which kind of people are supporting far-wing parties. Why people are becoming lovers of their own country and hostile to other countries? Imagine unhappy people unsatisfied with their jobs and lives. The victory of the sport team from their countries, make them feel happy and proud of their country. They are very ‘patriotic’ and supportive to their motherland at that time. But what was these people’s input into the discussed victory? They have born in the same country that the team, which won the match. They were living their own lives, could not get successful but feel themselves so when someone else from their country are becoming successful. Does not it sound ridiculous?
Not forgetting about some amazing achievements love to motherland could lead to, we should not forget that nationalism is often used by political groups to easily rule the population. The best and fastest way to organise people is to tell them they are special, but there are “others”, who are to blame for all their problems. People of any country have a lot to be proud of: their history, their economic development, sport achievements. But did they made something for this? When far-right parties are repealing to us to fight for something which is ours, just think if it really is. Just think whom we are making a favor, buying our more expensive products of worse quality to protect our industry. Whom we are believing, being against the foreigners we never met? Of course, we can love our country, support our production and culture, but we need to analyse what is inside these feelings and if it was really our decision to do so.
We need to study history and think of future. We need to forecast which consequences our present political decisions may have for our children. We need to participate in decisions, not letting someone to make them for us. We need to talk to people around us and hear different points of view. In the dynamic world we are dwelling in we need to search for a proof ourselves before becoming under influence of any view. May knowledge, but not emotions lead us into the future.