My Brief Future of Liberty
If there’s any one aspect of politics that truly interests me, it’s the fundamental role of government. And that’s because so much of what results socially and financially is determined by the inherent goals set upon our governments. I was first introduced to this concept a couple of months ago when I read excerpts of John Locke’s Second Treatise, and found that many of the economic problems that we have today can be attributed to a lack of concession when it comes to the traditional role of government. At the time, I hadn’t really delved into the philosophical underpinnings of the whole matter. Which is why when I read Locke’s defense of a democratic-esque system that exists solely for the protection of property rights, I was intrigued. In my school, we don’t get the chance to discuss these more theoretical ideas, and I’ve found that lacking. So as I read Locke, and was exposed to his ideas, I began to understand why government does what it does. Abstracting it, the theme of the writing focused on Liberty, a word that has now grown synonymous with our system of democracy. But, in our changing times, I find that the past definitions of liberty, and especially the kind of liberty that Locke was referring to, will grow obsolete within the next hundred years. Mainly, I think that when technology becomes so advanced that we can optimize every single human to extract the most out of their lives, there will no longer be a notion of liberty or free privacy, because man will be too unintelligent to decide what is best for him. In one way, that’s incredibly exciting, because it stretches the limits of what it means to be human, and predates what might possibly become a hivemind of human capability. But, as we slowly give up our privacies in favor of optimization, we have to understand that government will become more and more obtrusive in allowing corporations and initiatives to help humans grow. At that point, government will no longer exist to protect the individual property right. At that point, it will become a protectorate of the common property right.