Secu­rity in Times of Change

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Con­stant change is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of the modern age. Working and living envi­ron­ments are in a per­pet­ual state of flux, tra­di­tional alle­giances and cer­tain­ties are dis­solv­ing, the new is ousting the old. This dynamic has increased further with the end of the bipolar world and the onset of a new phase of glob­al­i­sa­tion.

The last 30 years have been a period of accel­er­ated dis­con­ti­nu­ity. This holds true for eco­nom­ics, tech­nol­ogy and culture as much as for the indi­vid­ual. An increas­ing desire for secu­rity, con­sis­tency and belong­ing echoes this process. There is evi­dently a need for a certain “secu­rity cor­ri­dor” to be able to risk change. Only those who feel rea­son­ably secure will regard glob­al­i­sa­tion or the digital rev­o­lu­tion as an oppor­tu­nity rather than a threat.

Secu­rity is not an end in itself but a fun­da­men­tal level of secu­rity is a pre­req­ui­site for anyone to fulfil their poten­tial. “Freedom from fear” is the mother of all free­doms.

The Center for Liberal Moder­nity based in Berlin has published a report following this key ques­tion: what kind of reas­sur­ances does our plu­ral­ist society need to face tech­ni­cal, social and cul­tural change with self-con­fi­dence instead of fear?

The report is devided in four chapters:

  • Empow­er­ment of the indi­vid­ual
  • The future of social secu­rity
  • Inter­nal secu­rity
  • Public insti­tu­tions and an active civil society

Read the Summary in English or download the full report (in German only). 


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