Editorial | Republic Underground
February 14, 2021
Continuing the recap of the International Justice Organization event, Anders Roemer’s remarks.
“First of all, I am very excited to participate in this significant international conference. I would like to give a special thanks to the organizers, and in particular to Irina Tsukerman who invited me. It’s an honor for me to be part of this important event,” said Roemer.
“I come from a background of a diversity of ideas. My background is as a lawyer, an economist, as a public policymaker. But mainly I’m encouraged and my mission in life is to bring prosperity to the world with my little knowledge. For me, it is a big celebration to be part of this important conference because I strongly believe that the best way to change the world for the better is through a good market of ideas. This dialogue brings this to the table, so shukran everybody, thank you again. “
“I would like to talk a little bit about what Mitchell, in the end, mentioned, about his betting. I believe the Middle East is bringing to the surface again enlightenment. We’re at the peak of the iceberg. We have to work a lot to bring enlightenment and a renaissance region that could actually be a benchmark to the world. To bring enlightenment to the region, of course, we need to bring legal reforms to the Middle East.”
Roemer then highlighted the various types of legal and societal developments that would need to transpire first to reach the prosperity goal. He emphasized the importance of investing in development above mere growth. He then noted the importance of empowering minorities, and of gender and age equality, religious and ideological equality, and above all empowerment and defense of human rights.
“So, how can we become enlightened. What reforms do we need for that purpose? I want to talk about mainly three things. The first of it has to do with innovation and the market of ideas. Innovation is not invention. Innovation is what brings growth to the region. Bernard Shaw, a famous writer, said, “If I have an apple, and you have an apple, and we exchange apples, then I will eat my apple and you will eat your apple, and there won’t be apples the next day. However, if I have a good idea and come from a different perspective, and you learn from my idea, and you have a great idea, and I learn from your idea, now I will have two ideas, and from those two ideas, and from many others ideas, instead of a revolution we’ll have an evolution of capital knowledge,” said Roemer.
“That’s what innovation is. I’m not talking about revolution but about evolution. We like to imagine ourselves as if we’re by ourselves in the middle of nowhere, and then we have a great idea, and this is disruptive thinking, and the world changes. It doesn’t work like that. Prosperity and innovation work with these kinds of examples of collective knowledge, of the exchange of ideas, and the respect of diversity.”
Based on that, the foundation of innovation has to do with three things. The first one has to do with freedom. If you don’t have freedom, you won’t have innovation.”
Roemer then noted that across the Middle East there is a hunger for knowledge and a movement of desire for freedom in all societal demographics. He stated that, in every analyzed Renaissance of history, there was a movement of freedom of ideas. He stated likewise that the government and its mandates must respect the autonomy of each member of the society. He stated that the majority should not decide, but rather that universal rights should be respected for the autonomy and decision of the citizen.
“The first principle, respect the dignity and autonomy of each individual.”
“The second principle, before you do any reform, the second principle has to do with democracy.”
He stated that societies will need to decide as a whole if they will invest more in weapons or education.
He noted that once the first principle is in place, the second principle should be put into place as a natural progression.
“The third principle has to be with efficiency. We not only talk about ideas, but we also have to bring ideas to action, and action means efficiency. How to make the same thing with fewer resources, or do more things with the same ones. I mean, the reform of the law has to bring pragmatism to the table. Not over-regulation.”
He noted that reforms of the government must be economically efficient.
“The father of prosperity is freedom. The father of freedom has to do with the empowerment of every citizen. The power of empowerment has to do with good reform and good laws and regulations. And I’m not talking about “good” but “optimal”, and that means autonomous dignity and respect.”
He emphasized again that democracy and pragmatism are key to enforce these ideas.
“I am very enthusiastic to be part of this meeting. I am here from Mexico with the willingness that whatever I can do, in whatever ideas you bring to the table, calls to action, that you can count on me. Again, thank you very much for this honor.”