Our world is stunned at what is unfolding there Ukraine. The truth, however, is that Western liberal democracy needs to take a long, hard look at itself.
For the past 20 years she has tried to attract so-called strong men such as Wladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Narendra Modi. They traded with them and shared stages with them. Now liberal democracy stands appalled at the turn of events.
There is a saying in jurisprudence that goes: “The law does not protect those who lie dormant in their rights.” A simple test for liberal democratic states is to distance leaders who do not respect free and fair elections, as well as states who deny freedom of expression or attempt to manipulate the media.
Liberal democracy is a fragile flower, and there are many tyrants who would try to trample on it. Sometimes niceties must be suspended to protect them, for tyrants speak only one language: superior strength. Democracy is not a matter of course. Just as the shepherds of old guarded their flock, liberal democracy must be guarded.
Joseph Kiely, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
The artist schema denies many forms of creative activity
The Basic Income for the Arts pilot project was launched Tuesday by the government, supported by all governing parties and launched by the Taoiseach Michael MartinTánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister of Arts and Culture Catherine Martin, according to the press release.
The pilot project is being hailed as a “transformative initiative in support of art and creative practice.” The purpose is to support, preserve and enhance the creativity of artists who fulfill the prescribed roles outlined in the program application form.
Creativity is defined as the tendency to develop or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.
By valuing the artistic form of creativity, the government denies all other forms of creative human activity in our society.
The dilemma for the arts is whether to accept or reject this pilot and, through the expression of their art, support a movement to implement basic income for all citizens in 2022.
Hugh McDermott, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim
By this time next year we’ll be millionaires thanks to Ryan
Climate Secretary Eamon Ryan is advising us all to spend less time in the shower in his green, creative lightbulb solution to drive up energy bills.
Only fools and horses comes to my mind. I can hear Del Boy’s excited words ringing in my ears: “You know it makes sense.”
Aidan Roddy, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
The public pension system is unfair and unaffordable
We are constantly reminded by government and others that we are facing a pension time bomb and that the state may even have trouble paying the basic state pension.
But at the same time, as a taxpayer in the private sector, I can only envy the high pensions of ministers and middle to senior levels of public service.
These people receive huge tax-free lump sums when they retire, not from a pension pot but directly from the treasury.
This is a huge transfer of wealth from one sector of society to another and it is utterly unfair.
These pensions just aren’t affordable in the private sector, and Muggins here is having to pour more and more of my shrinking disposable income into my pension so I have something to fall back on.
We need a fairer and more affordable pension system in the future, and that starts with reforming the structure of public sector pensions.
That said, I certainly won’t hold my breath.
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There is a special place in hell for tyrants like Putin
As children we were taught Hell. It gave us nightmares – its eternity and the promise of Hellfire.
I never believed it. I’ve always felt this is the Catholic Church’s way of keeping us good little kids under control.
After seeing the brutal and inhuman horrors in Bucha – the bodies of innocent civilians strewn across the streets of the Kiev suburb – I truly believe there must be hell for the likes of Vladimir Putin and his so-called soldiers.
dr Aidan Hampson, Artane, Dublin
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/liberal-democracy-is-a-fragile-flower-worth-saving-41528125.html Liberal democracy is a fragile flower worth saving