The coronavirus epidemic and the associated restrictive measures are not expected to pose a threat to civil society.
This opinion was expressed by Vakhtang Kebuladze, Ph.D., in an online discussion hosted by PEN Ukraine, reports a correspondent for Ukrinform.
“Even in the context of a threat such as a pandemic, there is no need to persuade them to give up some of their own freedom, then freedom in general – and, they say, there will be a safe world, “said Kebuladze.
He cited the example of authoritarian China, which supposedly quickly overcame the epidemic: “The worst part is that the horrors that hit Europe and the United States would not be if China did not hide the information. “
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The scientist stressed that the threat came from a closed world where there is no freedom.
“And so, the response should be asymmetrical – if in response to this threat we restrict freedom, we will soon find ourselves in a world where there will be threats that we cannot face. I would very much like us to maintain this balance of security and freedom, which is the key to the success of liberal democracies, “said Kebuladze.
He added that democracies with strong institutions can better manage the crisis. And worst of all, democracies with weak institutions like Italy or Ukraine. And somewhere in the middle are authoritarian countries that cannot use an important tool like the conscience of citizens and public institutions, but can apply authoritarian power and a strict quarantine regime.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru