As you all are probably well aware, mass protests against ACTA agreement strike all over the globe. In Poland is no deferent. Since I was not following carefully what is happening elsewhere, it’s hard to compare, but protests in Poland are very strong and decisive.
Government sites were attacked and blocked since many days. There are moments they are restored but quickly go down. The site of prime minister was hacked and replaced (defaced) few days ago with genius YT movie, intelligently and humorously parodying war state announcement of gen. Jaruzelski in 1981, this time announcing war state on the area of the whole Internet.
Here is link to polish version.
Here is link to version with English subtitles.
With the curse of action, true alliances were shown. Donald Tusk, prominent polish politician, since now was supported by many young people stubbornly refuses to react and insist on signing ACTA, now is finished in eyes of younger generations. SLD (left wing) suspended their site as a sign of solidarity with internauts. Janusz Palikot, a new, refreshing, very liberal politic force joined Anti-ACTA demonstration in Warsaw, so luckily there are politicians joining the fight.
I’m not naive and I am well aware that many politicians make this opportunistic statements to support their carers but does it matter? Right now, they support the majority, while officials of the government react against the will of people, claiming they will not lay down because of brutal force, terrorist attacks and so on. The problem is, that terrorists are small groups of extremists. But now, the whole nations are uprising. Do we have democracy or not? Does government has allowance to make basic life altering decisions without majority agreement and consensus? Is majority a terrorist cell? Many complain that attacks are childish, imature and only lead to stronger decision of agreeing on ACTA. But guess what – if government make such dead serious decisions against the will of society, society feels BETRAYED, VIOLATED, ENDANGERED by the people who in theory should represent their interest. Government people are too often used to think that they could do everything within boundaries of legal protocols to ensure coherence, safety, functionality of a state. However, in democracy there should be boundaries and when those basic boundaries are crossed, people react in only way they can, they protest, make uprising. If legal system is used to violate people, people will violate the system. It’s that simple.
I am also aware that fears about ACTA are somewhat overblown. There is no way that Internet Providers could monitor successfully all that millions or even billions of people. But the fact that government make strong statement of lack of trust against ALL CITIZENS and try to implement more controlling that violates personal privacy and freedom, shows clearly that government went the wrong turn. It’s not democratic anymore. It’s a police state and it too much reminds of communism.
It’s like going out and having potential, invisible persons looking over our shoulders and judging against us, when we say something, even unawarely against the current law. In most cases, there would be not enough such persons to check out every person at a time, but the fact of such possibility institute such strong boundaries that we could be as well as in prison. Every person is potential suspect, potential criminal.
There is opposite quality to safety and freedom. We like them both, but freedom is always more fundamental. Would you like to live in prison if it would mean entire lack of concerns for your financial status, future, health, care, because system does all this for you but only if you stay within those small four walls. It wuld be good if you had a choice but no, we provide you with this so you have to stay here and behave as we tell you. No way.
I choose freedom over safety.
I choose freedom over forced social fairness.
I choose freedom over law and order.
Safety, fairness, order, even laws have their place but they must come from us, from our choice. They are merely guidelines how to create society, not not-crossable boundaries. We can’t be forced to obey those. History taught us that ever when laws were more restrictive then human spirit, human spirit prevails it, finding new ways to express itself, sometimes in more extreme way, because of those restrictions and break down of a restrictive system is imminent.
Even when ACTA are not so scary as we may fear, they create window, an opportunity to further, more extreme steps along the way. It’s an old tactic, make a small agreement and stronger would follow and we won’t notice when we are forced extremely to do something against our very nature. So we CAN’T allow even for smallest compromise in that matter.
I always have been wholehearted advocate of EU but recent events forced me to reevaluate my opinion. EU is in deep crisis and what it does? New laws which promote distrust and that always creates overblown administration, which would cost fortune. But there is no enough money right now in EU… It looks like EU is tiding its own rope.
Maybe ideals were noble at the beginning but now EU, like many governments, made very basic mistake. There is no unity, only will of control. Everything slips of EU hands. ACTA are the last, desperate attempt but it will build only another nail to the coffin.
We can’t allow small group of people to steer our lifes so deeply. If EU is about to crash, then let it burn I say. Let the changes come, because the present form of EU has no longer right of existence. It doesn’t work.
I regret that I don’t have any hacker skills, but I am sure that the tools for regular Internet user, will be created, if they aren’t already, to join the Cyber War. If politicians will insist, regular people will join forces with hackers to fight off the violence inflicted on our freedom, both in Internet and real world.
Find the petition sites in your area and sign it. Tell your family, spread the words, let them join.
POST EDIT: Now when time is passed, the war is won. Most European governments yielded and stopped the ACTA treaty despite it being already signed. Also EU government send the treaty to European Tribunal to judge it so at the moment we are safe. This could come up at some day however not in the same form.