The EU preaches humanism, yet lets anti-LGBT laws pass

Under Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union, it says “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality…”. Yet this has not been upheld at all.

A trend is forming

Hungary back in July 2021, passed a law banning “gay propaganda” to minors under 18 and requiring all books containing LGBT themes to be marked as such. The country also made it illegal for transgender individuals to correct their legal gender in 2020. Bulgaria did the same in 2017, and many similar anti-LGBTQ laws are being passed every year in several EU countries. And what is the Union doing to stop it? Absolutely nothing.

Why is this bad?

The EU supposedly stands for human rights and freedom. Yet taxpayers around the EU fund programs that benefit governments, that are actively passing laws that are against human rights and freedom. These laws are discriminatory at best, and extremely harmful to minorities at worst. They limit people’s freedom for something that they have no control over and actively oppresses them. The EU just allows human rights violations left, right and centre. These breaches are even against its own treaty, and are therefore illegal, as long as the EU is concerned.

Allowing these laws to be passed, sets a precedent that the EU does not want to fight for what it believes in. This issue goes beyond just the rights of LGBT individuals, but who knows which laws are next. The EU has basically said that it does not want to fight against laws that are illegal under the Treaty of the European Union. If anti-humanist laws are allowed, then where does the line on violations stand?

The EU criticises nations everywhere on their lack of human rights but allows laws that actively suppress them, within its own borders.

What is currently being done to stop this?

The EU commission has launched lawsuits against these breaches of human rights, but every time the EU has backed down. These discriminatory laws stay in place even as presidents challenge the countries that pass them to leave the EU. Days long summits get held and lawsuits get filed, yet nothing ever happens, to these clear breaches of human rights, freedom of speech and the Treaty of the European Union. No fine, no slap on the wrist. These governments are always allowed to leave the courtroom scot-free.

The only time I can recall, where proper action has been taken against such discriminatory laws, was when the European Court of Human Rights ruled, in A.P., Garçon and Nicot v. France, that it is discriminatory and a human rights violation to force transgender people to undergo surgery to change their legal gender. But the country still has many transphobic laws, and still see trans individuals as mentally ill, since you still require a “diagnosis of transgenderism”, if you wish to change your legal name on documents.

The EU is also guilty

By not taking proper action against these laws, the EU is accepting clear breaches of its own treaty. The EU is accepting the oppression of minorities, with no repercussions for the oppressors. But why is the EU allowing this? I can only guess why, but maybe the EU is perceiving the lives of queer individuals as not a hill worth dying on. The reasoning behind this does not matter. What matters is that the EU does not stand for its own values and hesitates at taking action against governments that breach what it believes in. The EU is afraid of taking action against breaches of freedom and equality, even in its very own borders.

What should be done

I am not a lawmaker, and I am very unqualified to talk about which actions should be taken, but I will try anyway. As previously stated the EU cannot allow such breaches of human rights, as it puts the Union in a very bad light. The EU needs to take a hardline approach to all illegal laws being passed, and if the government that is passing these laws are unsatisfied they know where the door is. But they would probably never leave the Union. The economic and opportunistic pros of the EU, far outweigh the cons of not allowing oppression. So the legislators will always back down. And if they don’t, then that is better than having taxpayers support these governments that have no respect for human rights or the EU.

We should not forget to mention that if the EU takes serious action against these acts of oppression, then that would show the world that the Union does not tolerate countries that oppose its values and countries that take the Treaty of the European Union as a suggestion instead of law that must be followed.

If the EU can talk the talk on human rights then they should certainly walk the walk. Stop letting governments flaunt the EU’s laws and take action.

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We need to STOP making idealogy an identity.

Declarations!

This piece is written by a person that believes in eco-socialism and was written for Pravda and is a Pravda Product.
This piece is still as politically objective as possible, but I think it’s important to mention where I stand, politically.


Hello there dear reader! The other day I was thinking about identity, and things we would consider a part of our identity. While I was thinking I realised that we constantly consider our political ideology, as a part of our identity, a part of who we are as people.

But the more I thought about it, I realised how bad that is for our society, political discourse and debate. When we say that we are conservatives, socialists or liberals, we say that we are those things. That is our identity, that is who we are.
And I think that is extremely unhealthy for society as a whole. When we say that we are a part of an ideology or group, it becomes something personal and something that we hold really near and dear.

I believe that is the biggest reason why, when opposing “political enemies” try to talk to each other, it turns hostile and very toxic very quickly. People start calling each other bigots, commies, SJWs and so on.

You can especially see the effects of this in internet political discourse, namely Twitter. People often have their political ideology in their bio, and different emojis have come to symbolise different political groups. Like a globe 🌏 means Globalist, a rose 🌹 means social-democrat and so on. These are also typically used to call out different groups of people and as mentioned earlier, a symbol to show others what idealogy you are a part of.

This can also lead to the much-dreaded creation of “safe spaces”. A safe space is typically defined as a place or a forum, where people can hide from harassment and/or political discourse. These places are usually populated by people that either want to escape politics or feel like they are being attacked by the constant barrage of political non-sense on Twitter.
But people that oppose these safe spaces claim that these areas are for “snowflakes” that can’t handle being constantly debated against. They also claim that these areas become echo chambers where radical and socialist ideas get affirmed and reaffirmed constantly, leading to an unhealthy feedback loop.

In my opinion, these safe spaces, that do turn into echo chambers, are very unhealthy and do create bad feedback loops, but they’re no different than an incel forum, a conservative get-together or a fascist rally. A place where like-minded people go and may get their radical ideas affirmed, which further radicalises them.

But the creation of these areas, these safe spaces, tell us something very interesting about ideology. If these places truly are forums where “lefties” hide from constant political discourse, then that tells us that debate and political discussion, makes a lot of people feel like they’re personally being attacked by people.


The way we debate politics is absolutely unacceptable

If you’ve ever seen or been a part of an argument on Twitter or Facebook, then you would know that people get pretty mean in the way they talk to each other. People get angry and call each other all sorts of inappropriate things. People call each other slurs, make fun of personal stuff and so on. When you’ve been a part of a Twitter “debate”, then you can see that no wonder people create safe spaces where they can get a break from this.

This also brings me to debates. Debates are no longer about, finding out who is correct or coming to an agreement. It’s about who is the most charming and who can win.
In an ideal world, everyone would make good faith arguments for their belief, and be able to be “a good loser” if they were simply in the wrong.
But we don’t live in a perfect world, so people want to win to get into positions of power, gain status or make people like them more, and hate their political opponent.


Conclusion

I believe the best way to combat this, is to stop considering our beliefs and ideologies as a part of who we are. Stop saying that you’re a socialist or a conservative, but rather say “I believe in socialism” or “I think conservatism is pretty neat”. Stop making it so personal, because when you do, no one can have an effective debate. Instead of attacking an ideology, people start attacking each other. I have not seen a single respectable and calm debate in forever. If we want to live in a better world and fight current issues effectively, then we must respect each other and STOP making our ideologies, a part of our identity.

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A guide on the struggles of essay writing and how to fix them

Hello there dear reader! I’m going to share with you a few common struggles people have with essay writing, me included, and maybe a few ways on how to improve on them!

How do I find a topic to write about?

Hey, I get it! Writer’s block absolutely sucks, or maybe you aren’t creative enough to find a topic, so it’s completely understandable. Finding a topic to write about is difficult, never mind an actually interesting one that people would be interested in.
My essays usually revolve around tv-shows, movies, games, books etc., so I usually turn to those for inspiration. You don’t have to write about the entire piece of media for example, but what I like to do is to take a specific theme and write about that. Like for example writing about income inequality in Casanegra (a Moroccan movie). You can either make a loose connection and just talk about the theme or topic in general, or talk about how it is portrayed in the piece of media.

Another way of finding something to write about could be something in your everyday life. I remember reading this danish essay called “Jeg, en grovbolle” (translated it means, I, a bun), talking about how in school, what you ate at lunch determined which group you were a part of and how you literally are what you eat.
Something so simple as lunch can become a topic for a multipage essay. Thinking out of the box and creatively about simple things in our lives, can make for the best and most interesting essays!

“Reviewer Brain”

Reviewer brain is a term coined by awesome YouTube channel and video essayists named “Transparency“. Reviewer brain happens when an essayist while writing about a piece of media, goes off-topic to discuss the piece’s shortcomings or starts reviewing the piece of media when it is completely unnecessary. For some reason, you feel obligated to mention the bad things about the piece of media, before others can correct you.
I myself have been a victim of this tragic illness, and I have found ways on how to combat this, but I would still highly recommend watching the video yourself if you want to learn more!

Remember to ask yourself if what you’re writing is even relevant to the subject matter and review at large. You don’t have to please other people by mentioning that the book you’re writing about’s pacing is weird at times, or the video game’s graphics are shit. Write for yourself first, you can be personal and ignore a few shortcomings of the piece of media, that’s completely ok!

Staying on topic

This point is a bit similar to reviewer brain, but this matters to all essays. Remember to stay on topic and not veer off into weird tangents that inevitably lead nowhere and doesn’t further your point. Interesting and good essays keep the reader engaged in whatever you are discussing and reading into. Staying on topic also helps the essays pace and makes it flow way better, and nothing is better than an essay that doesn’t waste your time and reads extremely well.

What really helps with staying on topic, and also reviewer brain is to ask yourself if what you’re writing is relevant every once in a while. If you’re unsure, then maybe ask someone to read it through and see if they think it’s unnecessary and should be taken out.

Also for the love of all that is holy, read through your stuff a few times and edit it, so you can make it flow better and fix any grammatical mistakes! You have no idea how many times a simple read-through has infinitely improved my writing.

Bonus reading material!

Heyo! I wrote this poem a while back and as a gift for you that has read through this piece (thank you btw really appreciate it), you too can experience it!

The Hill

Laying down on the old familiar hill.
It’s nighttime but the moonlight shines so brightly.
The town and its winding roads, so empty, yearning for something or someone to fill the emptiness.
I look up at the sky, gazing at planets and dying stars.
So beautiful, yet spine-chilling. So far away and unreachable.
Suddenly a boy walks up to me and lays down beside me. He gazes at the dying stars, making innocent and sweet remarks. “Oh my gosh, those stars look like one big space raccoon!”.
I giggle at his remarks.
I then reach my hand out to him. 
He then holds it firmly, never letting go.
Magically the stars come back to life, reinvigorated with energy and joy.

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