In Spain You Can't Use Your Own Back Yard. Police Make Sure of It.

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TAGS Big Government <>Global Economy


03/23/2020Philipp Bagus <>

The last days and weeks of the coronavirus epidemic give an interesting
insight into the human psyche. Elementary liberties are restricted all over
the world, such as the freedom of movement or private property. Yet most
people accept these restrictions without blinking, as the state declares
their indispensability.

A chronology of the events in Madrid: on Sunday, March 8, a large World
Women's Day demonstration against the alleged rule of the Patriachate was
held. There were 120,000 particiants, and members of the government took
part in it, marching side by side in the first row. They had called for
strong participation. Just one day later it was announced that starting on
Wednesday, March 11, kindergartens, schools, and universities in Madrid
would be closed. Since Sunday, March 14, there a curfew has been in place,
which is enforced by police and military force. Cyclists and joggers trying
to keep fit in the fresh air have been fined heavily. Spaniards are no
longer even allowed to be in the private gardens of apartment blocks, even
if families take turns using them. In short, we are no longer allowed to
use our own gardens. They have been temporarily expropriated.

Most people are little bothered by the fact that the state is violating
their freedom massively. They regard it as necessary and good. They do not
question the state´s authority to restrict our freedom at all. Rather, they
denounce those who want to move freely and make use of their property
rights. When two brothers were seen playing soccer in the garden of an
acquaintance's apartment block, the police were called.

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