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The 99% And Revolution

There is no doubt the level of unrest across the globe is escalating, as unregulated Capitalism becomes more abusive of people and this planet in its ceaseless quest for power and profit.

Greed and corruption have instigated uprisings in the Arab world that have overthrown a succession of governments. In Europe massive street protests have unsettled the ruling classes in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Ukraine and let’s not forget that supposed doyen of democracy, The United States of America.

Indeed, a recent poll by Real Clear Politics found that 63% of Americans are seriously dissatisfied with how their country is being governed for a third consecutive year, placing government credibility at an 8-year low.

This 8-year deterioration has been covered up with government propaganda, no more no less, as the abuses of the people continues and a watershed is fast approaching, in my opinion. The support for corporations over electors is becoming more obvious, enslaving people in vast tranches of debt and no signs of increasing employment opportunities with which to repay that increasing debt – a situation reflected around the world.

Global levels of discontent are high as this common abuse grows and anger is mounting. Here we get to the nuts and bolts of revolution, as people feel increasingly abused and frustrated by the lack of support provided by their elected representatives.

Whilst we are in a whole new technological era, that is rapidly bringing our species together for the first time in our history, the common denominator for this unrest remains what it has always been. The collapse of bankrupt ruling belief systems that rely on suppression and control rather than involvement and encouragement.

21st century suppression now takes the shape of increasingly invasive surveillance and the gradual arming of security and police forces in anticipation of revolt. Edward Snowden made us fully aware of the abusive nature of this surveillance and here we find an interesting spotlight on how frightened the ruling classes are now becoming.

He was able to show us that in America everyone in high office, from the President to the Director of National Intelligence, had lied to the peoples elected Congress and the people themselves about the surveillance of Americans. Governments around the world also reeled in shock and horror when they discovered their phones were being tapped! His was an act of the highest moral integrity, which put him in hiding from his own government as they sought to shut him up.

Here we see evidence of the State apparatus in all its grisly reality, as it tried to manipulate popular opinion and divided Americans on whether Snowden was a hero or a traitor. The sacrifices he made, to make us aware, were fudged by the corporate media and excitable prose used to incite hatred towards a man who had acted with the highest of moral integrity, on a par with Mandela, Luther King and Mother Teresa.

Over the ensuing years, as the truth has become clear, the weighting in favour of Snowdens actions has increased as the popularity of governments has reduced. The 99% are no longer an illiterate rabble. Indeed, many of the younger members have benefitted from an expensive education they cannot now repay! Their growing question is “What is the point of handing our power over to people we have elected to manage our Society, when that Society is no longer of concern to them?”

In this dire situation government thinking (something just as outmoded as our traditional religious beliefs today), is to anticipate social insurrection and prepare for forceful suppression by martial law. This aggressive and undemocratic action follows the identical persecution of Edward Snowden. It’s reasoning is simple . . . the unaccountable power of government is under threat and that power must be preserved at all costs.

The arming of security forces is not in anticipation of conflict but rather a means by which to ensure conflict and justify repression! Ghandi showed how non-violent protest was able to take a whole sub-continent away from the British Empire. Nelson Mandela repeated this strategy, avoiding what was anticipated as a certain bloodbath in South Africa after decades of inhuman apartheid.

If you have peaceful protest, attention is not diverted from your demands and respect is earned by the security forces there to police your actions. If you resort to violence, respect is lost and retaliation and violence destroy the authenticity of the demonstration.

Isn’t it interesting how large demonstrations are quickly stifled when a few commit acts of violence and destruction. With Snowdens revelations still ringing in my ears I become more cynical about who sponsors those few hooded protagonists, whose actions bring a powerful demonstration quickly to a close through supposedly “necessary policing actions to preserve social order”.

Successful revolution has always been achieved when the men and women of the security forces can see that the revolution has values that are common to them as well and they throw in their lot with the abused. Government then loses its ultimate power over the people and change takes place.

But not all is plain sailing as history has shown us. If the revolutionary leaders are just after the power and using the people as the tool with which to get it, Society has come out of the frying pan and straight into the fire. Ask the Russians!

I am convinced we are moving ever closer to global insurrection because the abuses of the rich and powerful are becoming wholly intolerable. In the end we are an evolved Society with a higher self-esteem than even just 100 years ago. Our intelligence and vastly increased ability to share and compare our experiences across the globe is uniting us in a global contempt for the abuses of the rich and powerful.

New technology is changing forever how we live Life on Planet Earth. Corporate sponsored government uses it to support their outmoded ways of suppression and control, whilst it liberates and empowers the 99% to fight the clever fight of an enlightened species.

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds change. QED!

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

The 99% ARE The ‘Elite’

Greed is effectively the fear that exists within corporations,
governments and the very rich. It is a fear that
humanity will succeed without them. — Capt. James Welberry

I have always been absent-minded. Indeed, my son enjoys telling our friends how I once took him and his fiancé for a pub lunch in my carpet slippers! As the years roll by there has come a point where I question whether my memory lapse is turning into something more worrying.

As my concerns turned to action I suddenly realised what a fantastic collection of people Society comprises and how we take ourselves so much for granted. Here am I concerned about my health and able to go to a service that has thousands of experts, with all the latest medical skills, all of whom are readily available to us.

It is the thinking and concerns of the collective that bring these support services into being. One individual, or small group, may be the driving force for their manifestation but it is with the collective effort and support of the majority that they take shape and are maintained.

This goes for all of our support services, from education to social services, pensions to wider care for the elderly. It is the result of evolution nurturing a collective effort of care and concern about how we, as a species, can best cope with the constant challenges that Life sends us.

If we look at this from a broader perspective, there is a balance within Society that is directly attributable to the variety of those services. It reflects our differing needs and the acceptance by the majority that we all share the same challenges. Our commitment is such that we raise taxes to finance them and accept the payment of those taxes for that very purpose. (The political abuses of that money is for another day!)

It is when the needs of the few are manipulated upon Society that the problems of abuse and imbalance occur. Throughout our history the primary abuse has come from the lust for power and greed by the few, inflicting untold hardship upon the many.

To start with this abuse is tolerated but with this toleration the abuse escalates through the creation of vast Empires of power, be they sovereign or corporate, until they manifest such barbaric behaviour that the majority revolt and seek a rebalancing of Society.

This happened to the great Empires of Ancient Greece, The Roman Empire and all the way up to recent times with the French and Russian Revolutions. All power feeds the human fallibility to abuse, which then has to be contained and destroyed, only then to manifest again in some new shape and form.

In this 21st century the narrow demands of the few are once again inflicting untold damage upon the greater Society but this time not with armies and violent conflict, as has been the case in the past. This time it is with far more devastating effect through the exercise of financial power and the enslavement of Society in debt and corrupted financial systems that threaten our future survival.

Control of the money supply, now created out of thin air, is increasingly withheld from the majority. Instead it is directed to friends in high places, enabling the rich and powerful to further corrupt both the financial and political systems for gain. The primary responsibility of the latter being to regulate the excessive behaviour of the few, by oversight and legislation, to maintain a healthy and balanced Society.

Increasingly alienated by the growing abuses of the few, mistakenly referred to as ‘The Elite’, Society is having to turn to its own resources.

The powerful are aware of this and so they repeat the mistakes of the past by becoming more domineering and suppressive in their handling of Society. By this very stupidity they fuel the flames of revolt, through an arrogant and insulated belief in their own omnipotence . . . and of course they are not!

Revolution is an interesting aspect of Society and can take decades to mature before bursting into action. Nobody can predict when this will happen but when it does its speed and ferocity is quite breath-taking in the release of pent up frustration.

(If you want to read an excellent in depth study on this subject I can thoroughly recommend Chris Hedges “Wages of Rebellion” which has been the inspiration for this piece and many more to come I suspect. http://tinyurl.com/jemnn6a .)

History supports my belief that the majority, in the shape of Society, keep our species in balance over the long term to ensure our very survival. Frustrating and worrying as it seems in times of crisis, such as the growing financialisation of Life now taking place, there is much anger and agitation now erupting across the planet.

What has changed from the past is that the abuse is no longer contained within a sovereign state or country but has become global. As the powerful continue to pursue the myth of global domination, which has previously eluded them, they are convinced they are now closer to it than ever before.

Sadly, they lose sight of the anger and determination that is now uniting people, also globally, which will return us to balance as it has in the past. Social media is just one of the many new globally empowering tools now used by the majority in fighting media propaganda and supporting people driven initiatives, like the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring.

Because the corporate media do not cover them it does not mean these initiatives are obsolete, far from it. Indeed, we heard only last week of huge suppression being attempted in Egypt to contain the 5th anniversary of that uprising.

In Mexico last year Pedro Kumamoto became the country’s first elected MP who was not a member of a political party. His actions emerged from Mexico’s version of Occupy Wall Street, intent upon growing political power whilst maintaining complete autonomy from governments. Occupy has spawned many such initiatives with its now global reach.

Nearly 3.5 million people have signed a European Citizens’ Initiative to end the negotiations involved in launching the sinister and democracy smashing TTIP trade deal.

People are awake, getting angrier and doing something about it!

Society and the 99% ARE The ‘Elite’. They are the balancing energy that automatically comes into play through their sheer diversity of beliefs and needs, empowered by their overwhelming numbers. The few know this and hence their more extreme behaviour, which is adding to their own downfall.

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds change through rebellion. Exciting times my friends.

 

Until the next time

The ‘Elite’? . . . Hmmmmm!

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. — John F. Kennedy

In my own battle against the financialisation of Life by the rich and powerful I resist with every fibre of my being reference to ’The Elite’. Dictionaries have formal definitions of the word ‘elite’ which make me even more entrenched in my stance:

Oxford English Dictionary – The choice part of a flower (of society, or of any body or class of persons.)

Merriam Webster’s – A successful and powerful person.

Collins – The most powerful, rich, or talented people within a particular group, place or society.

The ‘choice part’, ‘successful’, ‘talented’ they may be but what is their contribution to Society in the grand scheme of things?

William Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Mark Twain and in the present JK Rowling are, to my mind, true ‘Elitists’, not only in the quality of their work but also that it contributes something positive to Society by lifting and touching the hearts and souls of millions across the globe.

The likes of Jamie Dimon CEO of J P Morgan, Jes Staley of Barclays, Michael L. Corbat of Citigroup, Ross McEwan of RBS, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve in no way evoke the same feelings of respect and awe.

And yet they are amongst this supposed group of the ‘Elite’, along with 62 of the richest billionaires who, according to the new Oxfam report, own as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population, a staggering indictment of 21st century abuse. I could not readily name 10% of these mysterious ‘Elite’ people, let alone identify them if shown pictures of them and yet they hold such sway over the rest of us.

They have immersed us in a global financial system which is enslaving Society in debts of staggering proportions by restricting and controlling the amount of money in circulation, keeping us in a state of constant financial repression.

They have now commandeered the political arena whose members are increasingly viewed as ‘Elite’. Here, it seems to me that the word is defining the ability to remain above the law and free of any accountability for a total lack of responsibility to the people who elect them to power.

As more secret trade deals are made public, designed to further restrict our say on how we run our lives, many are now demanding to know what positive contribution these ‘Elite’ are making to Society?!

However, we should not feel as though we are being singled out as this beautiful Planet, the sole provider of everything that sustains Life here, is also experiencing the same murderous treatment. We are the only species in existence to poison our own food, as the oceans are made ever more toxic with what is poured into them, without any move for regulation.

Is it any wonder we hear only last week that hundreds of Britons – and many others I am sure – are caught trying to join jihadis? The young are not fools (they are wholly indebted by an expensive education) and their sense of frustration at the ongoing lack of worthwhile future employment, or owning their own home, demand some means of fighting back against this ‘Elite’. Terrorism may not win in the end but it provides a sure sense of some satisfaction that the current shield of ‘Elitism’ is being dented.

Unlike Shakespeare and Jane Austin, this ‘Elite’ have nothing to offer Society, indeed they take with such wanton greed that they are delivering us to our collective destruction. Only the Planet will survive and they seem not to understand that they too will be included in that destruction, so total will it become if this financialisation of Life continues.

‘Elite’ is regularly used by the media, deliberately so in my opinion, as part of a global propaganda campaign to make the majority feel inferior, helpless and therefore suppressed. We are constantly told that global cyber/terror attacks are imminent and then left without any further explanation, producing a sense of helplessness, foreboding and dependence upon the state. The precise reason this propaganda tool (one of many) is used so frequently and with such prominence.

If this media ‘Elite’ relates to those excelling at bringing the majority to its knees and the total destruction of this planet, through unregulated Capitalism, then I agree. I will not, however, be coerced into living my Life by the claustrophobically narrow confines and values of financial management alone.

The most effective antidote to propaganda is always the truth. We release ourselves from helplessness by simply becoming aware. In that awareness we grow a greater understanding and with that understanding we invoke change.

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

The Nature of Power

power photo

I recently watched the film Cromwell, starring Richard Harris and Alec Guinness, whose mighty screen presence aptly portrayed Oliver Cromwell and King Charles 1st respectively. What interested me about this piece of English history was the nature of the source of the power used by both in their in dire opposition to each other.

On the one hand you had a monarch who shared the same beliefs as his father, who once described kings as “little Gods on Earth” chosen by God to rule in accordance with the long held belief in the ‘Divine Right of Kings’ making them only accountable to God for their actions. Here religion was being used as a means to power, something many have practiced over the centuries with great success, including the church.

Cromwell on the other hand was a deeply religious man who reacted against the unregulated power used by Charles, driven by a compassion for the common man (and woman) who were on the receiving end of this abuse. The sheer arrogance of the King incensed Cromwell and other members in the contempt with which he held parliament, because of his belief in his ‘divine right’ to rule.

Indeed, he twice sacked parliament and ruled uncontested on the second occasion for 10 years. This belief in his ability to exercise absolute power saw him further antagonise the country by taking a Catholic wife, thereby constantly threatening the power of the Church of England.

We all know the outcome. Cromwell fought relentlessly to uphold the rights of the common man and a democratically elected parliament, taking the country into two civil wars and Charles was eventually beheaded.

From this we can draw similarities with a despotic King John 300 years earlier, who’s abusive intolerance of his people led to rebellion and the introduction of the now world famous Magna Carta bill of rights to protect the common man from oppression. (Cromwell referred to it as Magna Farta!)

In spite of this, Magna Carta has become the rallying cry for all efforts to manage the misuse of power. It was an influencing factor in the American Constitution and during the Cold War between America and Russia we saw the birth of “This Universal Declaration of Human Rights” pushed through the United Nations in 1948 by Eleanor Roosevelt to champion the common man (and woman), extolling amongst other things that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”. (Edward Snowden and Julian Assange ring a bell!)

What all of these solid charters identify is the ongoing problem we, as a species, have with power. Human fallibility succumbs to the trappings and status of power and from this abuse quickly follows.

Often power stems from traditions that are not encapsulated in the written word. They are simply beliefs and their vagueness allows and encourages abuse. That a King (or Government) may collect taxes for the upkeep of their country is a given but how that money is applied is the stuff of countless rebellions across the centuries.

Hence Magna Carta. Here what the King could and couldn’t do was put down on paper to identify and contain his powers. The American Constitution and many others followed suit, all of which have failed to be maintained and abided by. Writing it down is one thing but putting into practice is something we, as a species, have not yet mastered.

In this 21st century we are experiencing a new phenomenon as the abuse of power is now coming, not from religious belief in the divine right of kings but a belief in the divine right of profit. No longer is the abuse contained within a realm, it is manifesting internationally.

Its growth has been fuelled by the decline of traditional religious institutions who have lost credibility in their outmoded teachings, resulting in their subsequent loss of power. These traditional beliefs have been replaced by financial values and beliefs, which although more tangible for us to see touch and understand, lack any depth or compassion in valuing and respecting human life and this planet.

Capitalism preaches that the only merit is in PROFIT and this narrow yardstick is now used in how we handle and manage our lives. The abuse comes from the current unassailable right of corporations and banks to mismanage their own money with impunity, taking our money to subsidise their own misdemeanours, whilst penalising and controlling us financially and morally with odious debt and personal discredit through dubious credit ratings.

The raw power of Capitalism does not deal in morality and therefore allows, indeed encourages unmitigated abuse, including the abolition of democracy. With no constitution that can be meaningfully applied to constrain this growing abuse we are being driven to our own destruction, taking the perpetrators as well!

It was our ignorance in the past that fuelled our apathy at the constant mistreatment of the many by the few. We are now beginning to wake up and are no longer the ignorant serfs of just a century ago.

By looking beyond what is actually happening to us and becoming aware of the nature of what we are dealing with we are achieving understanding and with that understanding will come change.

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes

Terrorism by The Media

Terrorism photo

I remember being trapped in a London mainline station, when the IRA ran their terror campaign of letterbox bombings, and the fear that permeated the people in this massive building from the possibility of a small mailbox blowing up. When I consider the atrocities perpetrated by these cowardly actions, not only have they been horrendous in their impact on the many but achieved with just a handful of people.

The London bombings of 7th July 2005 made us realise we were unsafe in our normal day to day pursuits and this fear has become endemic around the world as similar barbaric acts are repeatedly carried out just as indiscriminately. Here we get to the core of what acts of terrorism are all about. Not only do they create fear but of far more sinister application, to my mind, is the overall feeling of helplessness that is achieved, as the few gain some means of control over the many.

We are helpless because we cannot fight back as the perpetrators function in secret. They don’t wear distinguishing uniforms, they hide amongst us, look like us, act like us and suddenly kill us without warning, creating large scale trauma in the process.

This odious behaviour is now crippling our way of life as its effects permeate all areas of our lives. Travelling becomes both frightening and arduous as the huge escalation in security procedures and methods, the dramatic increase in police powers and invasions of our privacy by surveillance systematically, violate our freedom of movement and interaction with each other.

When this understanding hit me the realisation came that our global media follow a similar pattern in how they operate. They too are directed by a few to manipulate the many with the express purpose of creating an environment of helplessness. The news is constantly dominated by disaster, be it terrorism, climate change, debt or personal tragedy and more.

Natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes can be overwhelming, as the force of nature shows its teeth in all its untameable power and we know we are quite helpless against this fury. Media editors know this too and so all major disasters are placed front and centre, aided by the intensity of round the clock reporting of each new calamity that occurs.

So too are we made to feel helpless by the carefully regulated global supply of money and the emphasis upon our indebtedness to staggering amounts of debt the average human being, including this writer, are incapable of comprehending. Indeed, the nurturing of debt has become so vast now that the experts are claiming it can never be repaid, throwing new pressures upon the already downtrodden shoulders of our helplessness!

Charlie Hebdo . . . Global Stock Markets are collapsing . . . North Korea Uses Bomb Test . . . Arab Shiites caught in Iranian-Saudi Strife . . . Truck bomb kills 65. The media barrage is endless and constant.

My personal hobby horse, regular readers will know, is the treatment of the Greek people last year, as they tried to seek justice for the irresponsible actions of their corrupt politicians and the inhuman manner in which they were battered into submission by the Troika. This inhumanity was fully reported by global media, with little being done to highlight the effects of theses barbaric actions on the population at large, nor the corrupt banking practices that were at the core of this calamity.

Here we see the true extent of the helplessness terrorism by the media can achieve, as it broadcast to the whole world how unelected bureaucrats can ‘invade’ a country and bring its people to their knees, totally unprotected by the democratic process as the power of the country’s elected rulers is simply overridden. Media terrorism does not hold the guilty accountable but rather, its primary job is to support them.

There are those who would argue that the media also report achievements and I would agree but I would also argue that the proportion of ‘good’ news to ‘bad’ news is grossly distorted and always has been. If we take the recent horrendous flooding across the globe, coverage of the misery has been endless. However, one newspaper has taken a different and positive slant with the flooding in Northern England. As far as I am aware, only the Guardian has reported in detail upon the huge army of Muslim and Sikh volunteers who, for days now, have been providing care parcels and hot food to the desperate suffers of this disaster.

The story has not been picked up by the other media and so the healing properties of not only overcoming and positively dealing with adversity but also unifying sectors of Society that all too often are set against each other, is strategically played down. (Read the first paragraph and weep . . . it says it all about how media terrorism keeps us in conflict with each other.) http://tinyurl.com/jv864je

Left to our own devices, people of all walks of Life can get on with each other and live amicably together. The powerful recognise this and how their power could be taken from them if we ever unite. That day is coming, with the internet, and that is why they are intensifying their efforts to keep us in constant separation, setting us against each other by race, colour, creed and gender.

My philosophy on Life is: “It is not what happens that is important but how you deal with it” . . . every time! In this manner we learn and empower our lives. This Guardian article demonstrates how effectively ‘what happens’ is pushed at us to weaken us and ‘how we deal with’ is kept quiet, or not globally recognised.

So how do we fight such insurmountable odds and power?

Let the manipulators sow the seeds of their own self-destruction! We have seen it with Religion, where the gross manipulation – that we are all born ‘sinners’ and our only salvation is through the church – has finally run its course. We have evolved beyond the ignorance of 2000 years ago and the church has lost the power it once wielded over us.

The same is true of politics. The growing abuses of democracy are being spotlighted with increasing regularity and so the present political system no longer has credibility. Out of this growing awareness a new regime will be born and we will start all over again.

Of pressing urgency now, I would suggest, is that we focus our attention upon the media and not allow it to continue to exert its influence in the way it has in the past. By intensify our efforts to share with each other how WE see things, we will create greater awareness which will fuel the destruction of the current media machine, in similar fashion to religion and politics. We do not want a repeat of the last general election where a party gained overall power with the votes of just 24% of the electorate!

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds change. That is the universal law of evolution and we need to become aware of it, understand it, encourage it and recognise the changes it brings about when they happen.

What those changes will be I have no idea but I do know that that universal law is at work now and we must be ready for change and unite in seeing it through.

This will be the theme of my writing in 2016. I hope it resonates with you.

Until the next time.

 

Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to the 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes