The Davos World Economic Forum
and the memory

by Marco C. Bernasconi

It's more than slightly ironic to forward a discussion that praises Switzerland as the only country where the sovereigns have  managed to maintain control of their "government" creature as of  today. About a third of the country in under de facto martial law,  with people are free to go everywhere they want -- provided it's the  "good" direction. Border post have been closed, armed bands  control the roads, people are stopped and detained without  reasonable cause. The highway bandits are convinced to belong to  the forces acting to "preserve public order" -- but in fact and in right  their are servants of violent powers that believe themselves beyond  the reach of law. Judge for yourself: masked men stop sovereign  individuals by brandishing their weapons, interrogate them without  motive, and refuse them passage unless they comply with  unknown rules. It has been reported that these self-declared  "policemen" have lied to the people under interrogation -- further  showing their true nature.

The reason put forwards for this internal occupation is to stop  potential protestors from reaching the township of Davos, where a  "World Economic Forum" is apparently ongoing. I have no reason  to look kindly upon those protestors: most of them are mushy- brained collectivists; many of them, any other day, are privileged  partners of "governments" in the search for ever more power. But  this breakdown of the state of law, to favor the playground of a few  priviledged persons, is a casebook example of the consequences  for the government action: for the benefit of a couple of hundred  persons, invoking a menacing behaviour of a few hundreds other  persons, thousands upon thousands of women and man are  coerced out of the exercise of their full rights. Army units have  been called to serve as peacekeepers, without any parliamentary  debate. And sovereigns across the country will pay for this unlawful  violence by bleeding more of their money for "taxes".

Is it a coincidence that this martial law measures fall upon  Switzerland in a year in which a socialist councillor has assumed  the president's office? It probably is -- just as it is probable that the  good swiss people will have forgotten the episode by the next  elections, thanks to the appropriate bromides that within a few  days even the most critical mainstream media will take upon  themselves to spread.

"Against stupidity, the gods themselves are powerless." And the  maintenance of stupidity has become one of the largest worldwide  industries -- and in Switzerland too, dear friends from the western  provinces. "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." But vigilance  is such a bother, isnt' it? And, after all, all is done for the good of  the children...

"When Hitler attacked the Jews I was not a Jew, therefore I was  not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a  Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler  attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of  the unions and I was not concerned. Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church - and there was nobody left to be concerned." Pastor Martin Niemöller (Congressional Record, 14,  October 1968, page 31636)

[MCB - TDF 1/2001 - 27/01/2001]