Pangkor, February 21 2005
Under the pretext of combating
terrorism the elite is fortifying the wall that protects the
privileged and quiet eliteworld against a revolt of the masses. At
the same time it curtails the freedom of masspeople that live on the
often harsh massworld.
By using lots of money for their own safety the elite isolates
itself even more from common citizens.
In England new strict measures were taken after some security
breaches in the Commons. A group of campaigners for fathers' rights
hit premier Blair with a flour-bomb thrown from the public gallery,
Greenpeace protesters scaled the Big Ben and pro-hunt protesters
managed to invade the floor of the debating chamber itself. And a
Sun reporter smuggled in fake bomb-making equipment. Such peaceful
protests that did not hurt anyone could be met by more attentive
But parliamentary leaders asked MI5 and the Metropolitan Police how
the English Parliament could become a fort that could not be
According to the BBC the following measures will be taken:
Electric fencing around the perimeter of the Palace.
Road closures around Parliament Square.
A boom barrage to protect against boats carrying bombs.
CCTV cameras in all corners and corridors of the Commons.
Compulsory ID badges to be worn at all times.
A permanent bullet-proof screen across the public gallery.
A new security coordinator for Parliament.
Journalists will still be able to smuggle a bomb inside
Parliament and people who really want to hit Parliament will use
rockets. But Greenpeace and Fox-killers will not anymore disturb our
But I agree with the measures. It makes clear that the eliteworld is
drifting further away from the massworld. The ever stricter
security regulations reduce the contact between politicians and
The masses will see leaders even more as another kind of people
(that live on another planet). After the murder of Dutch populist
politician Fortuyn (see the 25th
Letter and the 30th
Letter) many politicians became surrounded by security
guards - because someone had the idea that many Fortuyn-killers were
loose in our otherwise quiet country. After two years indeed another
political murder took place (see the 53rd
Letter) but you can wonder if such deeds will be stopped by
The former leader of the Dutch Green Party only walked around with
guards and lost contact with society. He could not talk anymore with
common people. Other leaders said their social life disappeared or
that they did not dare to say in public what they used to say before
(out of fear for unknown events). Attacks have been few but threats
and the isolating security influence the minds of political leaders.
In the end security measures will also restrict the freedom
of the elite, the only people that have the power to be free.
I propose to invade the private living space of top-leaders who
invade the private living space of masspeople by taking one-sided
Intruding the eliteworld masspeople will help to reach a
situation in which the elite cannot live anymore quiet on their own
separated world. Only then the probability will arise of getting one
world on which all people have equal status.
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis