The need to decentralize democracy to prevent a society of control

The current COVID-19 crisis has reinforced the role of States. On the verge of a possible collapse of sanitary systems in a large number of countries, centralized handling of sanitary resources and citizens’ behaviour have proven critical.

Main train station, Hamburg, March 2020


“In this time of crisis, we face two particularly important choices. The first is between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment. The second is between nationalist isolation and global solidarity.” (Hariri)

“While the assault on human health will — hopefully — be temporary, the political and economic upheaval it has unleashed could last for generations.” (Kissinger)


China Town, London, April 2020


“Ideas at the core of liberal democracy remain popular among global publics, but the commitment to democracy can nonetheless be weak.” (Pew Research Centre)

Fairy tale fountain, Berlin, March 2020

“We should definitely make use of new technologies too, but these technologies should empower citizens.” (Hariri)