Why Would You…?

Why would you vote for someone who is shafting you without your consent?

Oh, and why would you just stand there and let it happen?

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Dancing Roundabout Horses

Once again I am posting something here which is pretty much a copy of a Facebook post I just made.  It seems that I am tending to use Facebook as something of a workbench.  Oh well, if that is the way forward, who am I to fight it.

roundabout horses
Does life ever seem like riding on a fairground roundabout?  You are gaily (in the true etymological sense) riding your dancing horse, going up and down, round and round, mesmerised by the loud fairground music dulling your senses, staring at the rear end of the horse in front.  You have a moment, and you tear your gaze away from the horses backside, looking around at the passing scene.  “This looks familiar” you say.  “I’m sure we have seen and done this before”.  A moment later, there it is again, and again, and again, until the end of the ride.  And then the music stops.

Why am I talking about roundabouts and dancing horses?  Life isn’t a roundabout.  True, it’s not.  But civilisation is.  Modern life, as part of society, is.  We have all at some stage stepped on to that roundabout.  Many of us are happy being on the merry-go-round and may have even forgotten that this is where we are.

The trick is, to dismount, get off, before the music stops.  Then to sit down for safety for a while, until the dizzyness that follows such action has passed and is replaced by a much clearer view..

Let me try to explain why the modern world, the western developed peoples anyway, are still riding the roundabout of civilisation, enjoying the distraction, and with nary (yes, that is a word) a thought that maybe they should get off the damn thing.

The (recently new) Australian Federal Government brought down its first annual budget in May of this year.  Where are we now?  Early August.  About three months later, and despite their soundly thrashing the opposition at the last election, they still have very little of their policies passed into legislation.  We have our two tier parliamentary system, specifically designed to ensure that nothing much changes in any hurry, to thank for that.

Even so, the government continues to find it very difficult to sell its budgetary measures on either the political or public market.  In fact there is what appears to be a continual shedding or chipping away of some of the more controversial aspects of the beast.

This chipping away at the budget measures is kind of like the tiles falling off the space shuttle on take-off and re-entry, don’t you think?  Remember the space shuttle?  Emblem of a bygone era where debt, resource depletion and collapsing markets were not subjects that might generally be raised for polite discussion.  Just a few lost tiles may have a significantly more serious impact on the operation of the whole structure than their size and weight may indicate.

I am particularly thinking of one little potential chip from the block, one loose tile potentially ready to drop off, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald today:  Coalition MPs break ranks on $7 GP charges

Problem is, it’s not the government’s policy on this that is the issue, not that I am in any way a supporter of govt policy, it’s more to do with too many sick people around, dipping their fingers into the pie.  I can say that, as someone who has a health condition but chooses to not dip my feet into the murky waters of the health system to treat it.  And also someone of a certain age that is known to be the section of society which generally has the need to involve itself with increasing regularity in health centric matters.

Why are there too many sick people around? Well, that is also to do with government policy of supporting big business like the health, pharmaceutical, chemical and agricultural industries who see the health situation (which includes food production) as a means to make huge profits by making and keeping folk sick while pretending to be a beneficial force in society.  All in the name of economic growth and profit.

The economy actually doesn’t need a whole lot of healthy people (or highly educated people either, as a matter of fact, which is why we have the education system we have). They only need to have just enough life in them (and be dumb enough) to perform the mindless tasks they are expected to perform to keep earning just enough to allow them to keep spending those earnings on, among other things, health services and the kind of food that is largely responsible for keeping them in this semi-comatose state so that they don’t realise that they are being screwed and can keep plodding along, spending, spending until retirement and beyond, where they will be kept semi-alive for as long as possible to become a burden on succeeding generations and perhaps the biggest contributors to the continuance of the growth paradigm by ensuring the ongoing need for a huge health and pharmaceutical industry.

If there weren’t so many drug companies, chemical companies, hospitals, health research institutes, fitness centres, health clinics/centres, supermarkets, and other businesses meddling with our food, groundwater and other environmental necessities, around, there would be nowhere near the huge numbers of sick people either.

carousel-horseOf course, that would also mean the demise of modern civilisation because as soon as one of the dancing horses on the fairground roundabout that is modern society comes loose and falls off, the whole thing will go out of balance and self-destruct.

We couldn’t let that happen, could we?

Well, maybe we won’t be given the choice.

Does that put the relevance or irrelevance of budgetary measures into a little clearer perspective?

 

 

 

Let’s Fuck Their Shit Up!

A Growing Concern

In recent days I have noticed a growing trend towards advocacy of the implementation of Civil Disobedience to achieve particular activist goals.

I can’t say that this is at all surprising.  Not in the least.  Take a look at the world we live in. Frustration abounds.  Having seen what is possible through the global communications revolution in the last decade or so and implementation of the world-shrinking Globalization policy, people all over the world are now expressing a growing desire for the freedoms and advantages that western nations have enjoyed for many decades.  Everyone wants to live like an American.

Isn’t it natural for that sort of desire to boil over to some form of action when they see the difference in the way they actually live and the lifestyles of those rich foreigners in other countries?  And why shouldn’t they think that way?  Aren’t we all equal?  Don’t we all have the same rights?  Shouldn’t we all be able to get our snouts into the feeding trough?

Damn right we should! …are! …do!

This is not to say that the ‘Trough of Plenty’ is big enough for everyone to guzzle in, because it isn’t.  But the ‘Trough of Enough’ is.  And so is the ‘Trough of Fair Shares’.

But that would then inconvenience those eating at the ‘Trough of Plenty’.  How would they cope?   And would those newly eating at the ‘Trough of Fair Shares’ then be satisfied with just getting a fair share?   Or would they say “What happened to the ‘Trough of Plenty’ we were expecting?”.

So, Who’s In Charge?

With Globalization in full swing, why haven’t the world’s governments done something to effect a ‘fair shares for all’ policy?  That’s easy.  The world’s governments are not in charge any more.  If they ever were.  Since the industrial revolution that is.  And even assuming that they would want to enact such a policy even if they were in charge. Governments are not known for providing benefits to the populace which also might diminish their own power base.

So, who is in charge?  Don’t get me started on New World Order.  I don’t believe any of that crap.  No, it is a simple case of Corporate Greed.  Yes, the Corporates are in charge and running things their own way simply to maximise profit.  Now, there’s a subject I could run with for a long time, but I won’t.  The giant corporations have infiltrated, emasculated, bribed, threatened, bought and paid for the services of all (or most) world governments. These governments are now mouthpieces, lackeys and even puppets of the corporates.  Whether that can be classified as a New World Order, I am not prepared to say.

Where Is Public Anger Being Directed?

The corporate master plan has been well conceived because even though they are behind the whole global economic shambles they are not by and large being blamed for it.  Look around the world.  Take the Arab Spring.  Take the European Austerity backlash.  Take the US simmering hatred of their own languishment in the economic gutter.  Who is it all directed towards?   The governments of those countries of course.  Some rightly so, where harsh dictatorships stood in the way of personal freedoms.  Not that there is much difference between dictatorships and democracies where ineffective and downright incompetent government is being practiced to impoverish the people and enrich the corporations.

“Let Them Eat Cake” Will No Longer Cut It

The cat is out of the bag now.  Old paradigms no longer work.  A new world order of people power is called for.  And, it is beginning to happen.

Even among the favoured western democracies there is unrest over the lack of concerted government action to tackle the issues of climate change and the rise of corporate elites.

On my Facebook page I recently featured this protest: unregulated-markets-will-kill-us-all by First Dog On The Moon on Crikey:

CorporationsAreBad

Then there is the case of a call to pursue a path of Civil Disobedience (CD) by the President of The Sierra Club in the United States in order to influence an intractable government to change its ways over the single issue of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. 

The Sierra Club of Canada is also considering taking similar action in this case.  A survey of members was overwhelmingly in favour but they have yet to make a decision.

Where Is It Going?

It is time for the corporates and governments to alter the their attitude towards their  customers and people, to globally bring about a fairer system.

Alternatively, they must be prepared to get their shit fucked up.  And the people of the world must be prepared to rise up and do that.  Such action is most likely to be the only way to achieve change in the face of ingrained greed for wealth and domination from the powers that be.

I can foresee that this movement of restlessness, anger and frustration is not going to disperse quickly like a puff of smoke.  It will gain strength.  It will need to.  Corporate elites and their puppet governments are unlikely to simply lay down and capitulate their positions of power or to readily share the wealth (transient as it may be) that they have accumulated.  Wealth is power.  Especially wealth that is based on the indebtedness of the rest of the people.  Make no mistake, government debt is your debt and the corporates will want to extract every last pound of flesh from you in debt slavery for that as well as your own personal debt, come the day.

There are global issues.  There are regional issues.  There are national issues.  There are personal issues.  It would not surprise me to see angry mobs, organised armies or motivated individuals mobilised to take what they want but don’t have, from those who have, in days to come, as world resources deplete and needs become more pressing.  Even if that means crossing borders, invasions, conflict and misery for everyone involved.

Difficult times await the world.  Times of crackdown on personal rights and liberty.  Times of brutality and coercion.  Let’s hope that freedom, equality  and common sense prevail.