Behind the Brain

If you don't know your own constitution

Ok Germany does not have a constitution but our Grundgesetz is very close to a constitution.

Article 5 states

Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing and pictures, and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guarenteed. There shall be no cencorship.
While this is the most important article in my opinion, the writers of the Grundgesetz left space for limiting this right (like they did with all human rights mentioned in it). There is a second paragraph:
These rights shall find their limits in the provisions of general laws, in provisions for the protection of young persons, and in the right to personal honour.
Or to be clear: The freedom of speech and the freedom of press can be limited by laws. And since there is no word about how far these limits may go the government can limit them how they want to. The saddest thing however is (ok living in a country where most of the human rights can be completely limited is sad on its own...) that I know exactly five people (excluding me) who know about this second paragraph.

Since Germany is on the best way to become a surveillance state there are funny discussions on internet forums that keep quoting article 5 (or more precisely the part about censorship) not knowing that the government is not acting against the constitution. Don't get me wrong here. I am absolutely against surveillance but our constitution gives the government the power to build such a state. Seems like bread, games and fear are all one needs to control a country.

Yep you need fear. It was easier for Cesar to control his people. There wasn't such a thing as democracy but in Germany there is. So you need to keep the people in constant fear to push them into the direction you want. For example: Our chancellor wanted the military in the country to defend against terror attacks. Doesn't sound bad at first, eh? Well it is. The military is under the command of the Minister of Defence. So what is our chancellor saying in plain words? To hell with the Seperation of powers. Oh and in case you wonder: She said that before election. Yes people elected a woman who wants to join the executive and legislature.

I'm so sick of this country but I guess it's about the same everywhere in the world if not even worse.


Jun 21st 2011, 20:55 by Sylence.

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