Friday, July 12, 2013

National Security and People

There's a huge debate raging all over the world right now about "National Security".  I'm not just talking about the NSA, but with every government and population of every other country too.

The issue with the peoples of each country basically the same:  What they deem as "rights" is often denied by the government in the name of National Security.

Security is thorny issue at the best of times.  The right to access something and the need to access something usually are the basic foundations on what "centralized" security involves.  By centralized, I'm referring to government.  

One side effect of a centralized system is it creates an "us versus them" mentality between populations and their own governments.  The bigger the chasm between those that know, and those that don't, the bigger this issue gets.

So here is my thinking:  
Governments should involve their people.  Educate their people.  Make their people feel like they are protecting their country too.  You can still satisfy the "right to know" and "need to know" rules, but throw a bone to the population so that they feel like they're part of a solution and not victims of a problem.  As an example, according to the 2011 Census in Canada, there's 13.3million households.  That's 13.3million fortresses that the country has at it's disposal, but currently does not use. 

In some ways, this is a step back to the 1950s and 1960s culture, but when you think about it, back then society was more integrated, and they had more respect for their governments.  This feeling of integration and respect is currently lacking in the average household - and hence we have the "big bad meanie" as each country's government.

Yes, it's a utopian concept to many, but remember that we've been here before....  Sometimes it's good to look backwards to make sure you're actually moving forwards.