Being able to challenge the status quo and ask questions of widely believed opinions and political positions is one of the great freedoms liberal democracies grant its citizens. To be able to critics a government, questions its policies and form protests and demonstrations to make our voices heard is something that many in the Western world take for granted. In the majority of countries across the world, this is a freedom that is all to often waived by tyrants, dictators and authoritarian regimes. The internet represents this freedom in many ways. Whilst some governments like Russia or China seek to harness the power of the internet and censor it from its citizens, in the US, people are allowed to use the web as a mouthpiece to make their voices heard.
For thinkers like Rick Kelo, Using Online Presence as Social Service is one of the many advantages the internet has given us in a bid to fight the injustices that we are faced with everyday. As an economics and finance graduate, Rick Kelo uses his web platform as a chance to share ideas about the great economic traditions of his heroes in the Austrian and Monetarist traditions, whilst raising debates about government policy, society and economy. A good example of Rick Kelo's tenacious critical voice is a recent article on social security.
Long maintained as a necessary tax deduction taken from the state to ensure our future comforts, recent reports from fiscal institutions suggest that this may not be the case after all. As Rick Kelo articulates in his blog, ''As Social Security turns 80 years old have you ever stopped to wonder whether you are better or worse off for having government confiscate 12.4% of your wages? A couple economists at the Federal Reserve asked themselves that question, and found that only four-one-hundredths of one percent (0.04%)of Americans would be better off under Social Security than funding their own private retirement. 99.96% were made worse off.''
Rick Kelo's insightful eye and ability to criticize policies long overdue revaluation have made him a popular online voice among classic liberal economics. His online presence is a reminder of the great advantages of democracy and liberal societies in which we are able to make our voices heard to help shape popular opinion. For Rick Kelo, The Outspoken Blogger Questioning TheModern Age, now is the time to challenge the status quo.