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OPENNESS . . . The New World Order!

 

 

 

For millennia, secrecy and stealth have been the primary ingredients in the acquisition and maintenance of power within our species. It is how the 1% have ruled, whilst setting the people against each other to keep them from turning on their rulers.

We have now moved into a whole new world where maintaining the ignorance of the people is becoming more difficult. From WikiLeaks to Edward Snowden, the odious Trade Agreements and now the ‘Panama Papers’, human morality, supported by the internet, is driving a coach and horses through the very heart of the traditional power base of the Old World Order of the ruling few.

As far as this latest revelation is concerned, reports suggest that sums of between some $1 to $2 trillion have been taken out of circulation and hidden away. Whilst we have all been aware that this sort of thing goes on, the sums now brought to light are truly staggering and could resolve the current plight of the poor if put back into circulation.

When you consider that this money was originally created out of thin air and then passed to the very people who already have more of it than the rest of us and who then take it out of circulation and hide it away (often legally), the whole current financial system is corrupt.

It is not only the credibility of the financial system itself that is now in question but also the governments who condone and support it. After the American Senate bullied Switzerland into opening up its secrecy rules, “to subvert further tax evasion”, we now find that the game has been moved to, of all places, Reno, Nevada, USA!

Rothschild has opened a trust company here and is moving clients from places like Switzerland and Bermuda, where new international disclosure requirements are now required, to Reno where they are not. You really couldn’t make this stuff up!

What we have here is a lack of any morality whatsoever, as the rich and corporations use and abuse the services of Society at a greater level than the rest of us but, unlike the rest of us, are not made to contribute their fair share to support those services.

At a time when technology is putting people out of work and with no solutions being attempted by governments, rather they are focused firmly upon supporting neoliberalism, it makes this type of financial abuse not only criminal but morally obscene.

In amongst all of the reporting on these latest revelations, are the various interpretations of vested interest. These range from a conspiracy to unseat the Icelandic Prime Minister (11.5 million pieces of dynamite information to do this? Hmmm!), to discrediting President Putin who, it would appear, does not use this type of financial service (although I am sure he is not ‘lilywhite’!).

Attempts have even been made to undermine the authenticity of the global group of journalists involved. I’m not sure this group have an ulterior motive, although the media they supply certainly do. Sadly, the Guardian, in spite of its valiant support of Edward Snowden, has introduced the red herring of Putin in its reporting of the whole affair.

The fact that all of this information, from WikiLeaks up to the present, has been made available without profit being sought speaks volumes about the integrity of the people involved. Whistle-blowing has become the last bastion of morality and integrity in an increasingly corrupt neoliberal world. Its values represent something inherent in all of us and something we deeply respect . . . the truth!

What, for me, is the most significant aspect of this whole story is that 370 journalists from 70 different countries supported these latest disclosures and worked in an unprecedented scale of co-operation for over a year to bring these revelations to light. It is a development of unparalleled importance in the current balance of power within Society.

It may be that their efforts will be suppressed by global media in the hope that the story will fade and business can continue as usual. I am not so sure, if Ed Snowden and WikiLeaks are anything to go by. In this 21st century we are no longer ignorant, nor are we misinformed (for very long), as the world of Information Technology opens up the secrets of the increasing levels of abuse that currently run our world.

The Old Order know what is going on but are, I would suggest, helpless to stop it (even with Surveillance), because their world has been constructed and can only succeed through stealth and secrecy and our new world of ‘Openness’ is simply not conducive to supporting or tolerating this.

Perhaps the worm has now found an effective way of turning, as we seek a return to a world in which the needs of the 99% receive the compassionate attention and support that is currently directed at the 1%.

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 Natives Are Rising!

rebellion photo

I am an eternal optimist who believes in the omnipotent forces that hold Life in balance. I refer to forces we cannot see or touch but have been at work since the dawning of time.

Our beautiful Planet, which we are abusing unrelentingly, is now so far out of balance through climate warming that its melting ice caps will, if necessary, flood all land masses to cool things down. If we are wiped out in the process it is not personal but simply a result of the Planets need to rebalance itself!

For humanity, balance is achieved through the omnipotent forces of Trust and Integrity, the lynchpins that hold human fallibility in check, as we go about fulfilling our most basic of needs to create, support and nurture a home, family and each other.

We are now, like our Planet, in a state of growing global imbalance, as these disciplines are ignored in pursuit of the narrow financial beliefs of the few. They have taken us out of balance by making ‘profit and debt’ the single dominating forces in our lives, achieved by deliberately weakening the democratic process we have designed to hold Life in balance.

Interestingly what the 1% are blind to, as again they seek to create a New World Order, is that throughout our history no single belief system has ever achieved the domination of our species they crave. The 99% hold the consensus, as the birthplace of all dissention against narrow beliefs and the source of all new leadership and new beliefs . . . this has always has been the case and it always will be.

The present assault on democracy follows the same pattern that happened in Rome and has been repeated by all the other ‘man-made’ power structures right up to the present day. Power creates abuse, which creates distrust, which leads to collapse that is brought about by the revolt of the people as, for example, our history with France and Russia remind us.

Our present rulers know this and so, as their greed becomes all-consuming and they try desperately to hold on to the status quo by suppressing the people with greater and greater levels of violence and aggression. Their blindness does not recognise that by such extreme actions they are again creating a tipping point. This is particularly so today as the internet breaks down all of the traditional barriers they have used to keep us separated and subdued.

When Society is pushed out of balance the unrest begins and the greater the imbalance the greater the unrest. That we are now experiencing this unrest from a united young and disenfranchised globally is a first in our history, taking us into uncharted waters.

This imbalance has accelerated since the 2007 financial collapse and the subsequent money printing by banks and governments, which has bypassed the people it was originally promised to. Instead it has gone to the few, at miniscule interest, for them to invest in their own companies and other ventures, providing vast paper profits and ensuring the gap between the rich and the poor grows ever wider.

Such is the scale of this greed driven abuse that we now have the classic signs of another financial disaster that will make 2007 pale into insignificance. Whilst share prices are escalating, profits continue to diminish, providing no foundation upon which to support these record stock market prices, other than the money printing!

Conclusive proof of the reality of the situation comes with the news that at the recent Davos Economic Forum it was revealed that the rich are now beginning to panic at how the people will react when the next collapse occurs. They know it is coming and like the Nazi hierarchy at the end of World War II, are now heavily investing in remote properties in New Zealand and South America. Even Sotheby’s Reality in New Zealand confirmed the situation and the paranoia and fears for personal safety that is driving the purchase of these remote properties.

In his annual report Lord Jacob Rothschild, no less, has warned his investors that the focus must now be on preservation of shareholder capital, rather than short term gains, “as the geopolitical situation across the planet begins to resemble World War II”. The ‘geopolitical situation’ to which he refers is the growing fear by the rich of vast social upheaval and rioting following the next ‘2007’!

We live in Capitalism and its power seems inescapable. However the same was said about the ‘divine right of Kings’ and that was resisted and changed by human beings, driven by the immutable universal forces of balance.

We are in unprecedented times, where the outmoded order of kings is being replaced by the democracy of the Global Village, something we will either painfully grow into or perish in the process. Would we have it any other way?!

Until the next time.

 

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

It’s the People . . . Always the People!

What a week last week was for the global financial system. In America we are told that large European banks, including Santander and Deutsche Bank are possibly going to fail Federal Reserve stress tests on their ability to survive another financial disaster.

They have had 7 years now to get their act together, with trillions of dollars printed and our tax money stolen to ‘save’ them. Is the global banking system so corrupted by bad debt that no amount of money printing will save it?

The cynic in me says they are deliberately keeping their reserves as low as possible because it’s their own money. When the system does another ‘2007’ and it will, then why waste their own money when they can use ours? This time however it won’t be our taxes but our cash, as the money we have in banks, be it in the current account, a deposit account or any account will be taken, screwing the people once again!

Now let’s look at Europe and the quandary Brussels is facing as the battle between Greece and the troika reaches new dimensions. This has nothing to do with money and all to do with power politics. In no way can the Greeks be allowed to reduce their debt to ‘manageable’ proportions as it will be an admission of irresponsible banking practice and create a dangerous precedent with Spain Italy Portugal and Ireland. The pound of flesh has become a reality!

Whilst ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is being played out on the world stage, ‘Shylock’ in the shape of the European Central Bank has now declared that its strategies for economic recovery are not working and its monetary policy options are exhausted. Financial stimulus must now come from governments spending more, or acting directly to make the private sector do so.

Isn’t this precisely what the new Greek government is trying to do and the ECB won’t allow, or am I missing something? Whilst this game playing continues there is little concern for the people falling below survival level in order that interest on debt is paid.

Our global financial system has now been bent so far out of shape as to make it unworkable. We are in uncharted waters where even the financiers don’t know the effects of what is currently going on, as money is endlessly printed out of thin air.

If we go back to basics, money was created to ease the means by which we traded our assets. In the beginning coins were made from gold as a means of guaranteeing the value of an exchange.

Then paper money came in and its value was guaranteed by a promise that it could be redeemed against gold. In the 1970’s the link with gold was broken when that ‘doyen of integrity’, Richard Nixon, took the dollar off the gold standard. Instead Governments made laws stating that currencies are legal tender and they will guarantee the value of each coin and note.

How will they do that . . . who knows? We can see and touch gold and it is reassuringly heavy, whereas a promise from government carries no weight or reassurance whatsoever. Now any amount of money can be brought into use and the figures are so vast they are meaningless.

Meaningless they may be but interest is charged on every coin, note and bond that sees the light of day. With current low or non-existent interest rates the problem is just about contained but the Federal Reserve tell us rates will have to go up. If we are choking now what happens then?

Money is no longer a means of trade but a tool by which global society is being returned to the feudal times of centuries ago and Greece is evidence of this. This mind-set is causing millions of men and women to be divested of the ability to bring up a family and keep a roof over their heads.

There is increasing talk of Agenda 21 and a UN led takeover of humanity by stealth. It has been dismissed as ‘conspiracy theory’, the classic manner by which the 1% destroy the credibility of criticism and useful debate. As our world becomes financialised it is made more malleable to abuse and control, making more sense of all that is happening.

In this 21st century people’s lives are systematically being made harder by debt, terrorism, surveillance and the destruction of democracy. The internet is bringing these seemingly disjointed actions out into the open and in so doing joining them up.

Our world is in need of radical change. This change can only come from a new breed of leaders who will meet the challenges we now face and re-inspire the people by working for their common good.

Until the next time

 

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

War + Christmas = Football!

100 years ago the first Christmas of the First World War offered a huge window on how united we are as a species and the effort necessary to keep us apart.

The trenches in that battlefield were close enough together that the soldiers on both sides could talk to each other. A respect developed that allowed each side to collect their dead and wounded without threat.

Such was the rapport that on Christmas Day the war was ‘unofficially’ put aside, as men climbed out of their trenches and came together to talk and exchange gifts with the ‘enemy’, as well as playing football with them along a number of stretches of the battlefield.

The ‘official’ reaction was horror, encapsulated by a young Charles de Gaulle who spoke with disgust about this “fraternisation and the lamentable desire of French infantrymen to leave the enemy in peace”. Another wrote of the “unfortunate consequences when men become familiar with their neighbours opposite“. Adolf Hitler, a young corporal then, spoke with disgust on the subject . . .  An omen for the future!

Brutal reprisals were made on officers and men to subdue any future fraternisation. For me this defines the historic mind-set of ‘Divide & Conquer’ and a perfect example of how the 1% have manipulated and turned the 99% against each other for millennia to protect their hold on power.

During this worst of all wars, the abuse and arrogance of the former showing no concern for the cost of human life or misery. The latter enduring horrific loss of life because of continuously futile charges against machine guns and artillery. (The first day on the Somme saw 57,000 British casualties alone!)

What is it that drives this insane commitment to certain death by so many, with countless stories of the youth lying about their age so they could join up and (unknowingly) feed the slaughter?

The answer, of course, is in the word unknowingly! The propaganda machine has always been brutally efficient, showing then such images as enemy soldiers laughing as they spitted babies on their bayonets and the equally manipulative call to arms with, Your Country Needs You.

How could any young impressionable individual ignore these carefully prepared and placed messages, nor the taunts from others with minds already manipulated? And so they found themselves in water logged trenches, where disease and death go hand in glove, whilst recoiling from daily artillery bombardments that traumatised many for the remainder of their lives, if they actually survived!

I would argue that the true nature of people cannot be suppressed indefinitely, as this Christmas time 100 years ago demonstrated, with friend & foe burying their differences. This lack of aggressive agenda is a defining quality of the 99%, when left to their own devices and despised and feared by the 1%. They know that if they let up for a second with their constant manipulation and propaganda the people will rise up and overthrow them, to live a more peaceable life in a more peaceful world.

As long as that power and those who wield it, is enshrouded in veils of mystery the charade continues. However, we are moving inexorably into a new era, where the internet is tearing down those veils. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, through their individual courage and integrity, have shown how manipulation and propaganda operates today.

The lines are being as vividly drawn now, by the 1% towards the 99%, as they were with the trenches in that odious war. But once again we are seeing people climbing out of their trenches, uniting and supporting each other in peaceful protest across the globe. And again it is being met by increasingly violent police action and surveillance that attempts to continue the suppression.

Like the First World War, this conflict won’t be over quickly, as the internet is an indomitable force for change. The 99% are discovering that threatening differences they have been constantly fed about each other are no more than the characteristics we all share, simply with a different language and colour of skin.

We are learning that we all laugh and cry at much the same things, we want our children to be healthy and successful and we want to enjoy our lives as freely and fully as possible. We are recognising the abuse that is stopping this from happening and that it is something worth fighting about.

The game of Football has now begun . . . and will continue, unabated, for many Christmas’s!

 

Until the next time

 

Thinking from his book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to The 99% . . . If They Want It!

By J T Coombes

Immigration . . . A ‘No-Hoper’!

Since we lived in caves, our species has only ever functioned in groups to maximise our chances of survival. Over the millennia we have refined these groups from bands to clans and then nations into empires.

The one common feature throughout this time has been the constant infighting, caused by supposed differences between the various factions, which has led to countless loss of innocent life and not a lot else! When we lived in caves there was an obvious and immediate threat, as groups fought with each other over food, shelter and the ability to breed and grow strong.

As we evolved into larger clans and then nations, those who ruled found it increasingly more difficult to manage and halt insurrection, because of the sheer numbers. That was until they realised the solution lay in breaking the whole population back down into groups again, and then inducing them to fight amongst themselves. In that moment we saw the birth of a means of ruling that has lasted successfully up to the present day . . . Divide and Conquer!

The other thing that has not changed over all of this time is the types of division used to easily spark conflict: Race, Colour, Creed and Gender. As long as the people continue to respond to these triggers governments and autocracies can sleep at nights, content in the knowledge that their own positions are safe.

In this 21st century however, the status quo is being violently overturned. Not by the abused 99% but by the abusers. After millennia of keeping us antagonistically separated, the need for cheap labour has arisen again and revitalising the slave trade, the historic solution to this problem, is no longer a viable option.

Instead they need us to migrate and in so doing hold down the price of wages in the countries we migrate to. In a matter of decades they are now expecting to change our attitudes towards people they have urged us to fight and distrust for thousands of years! Not only that but whilst urging us to mix with each other, they are still continuing those same traditional conflicts!!

As people migrate and settle in new countries they are now experiencing the government and military in their new homes acting aggressively towards the families, friends and people they have left behind. Here they are confronted with divided loyalties of monumental proportions in their personal lives, as well as home grown animosity by the indigenous population.

Is it any wonder we are now seeing the wholesale growth of global terrorism, caused by the conflicting needs and vested interests of those in charge to supply cheap labour, whilst continuing to subdue their populations?

Encouraging immigration to hold down wages, whilst pursuing traditional acts of aggression against the beliefs those people hold is a pretty lethal political cocktail. When ‘Surveillance’ is then introduced as the means to manage the internal pressures resulting from those acts of aggression overseas, antagonising the indigenous population into the bargain, the problems of immigration go off the scale. You really could not make up a political catastrophe of this magnitude!

All of this is as a direct result of increasingly unaccountable governments pursuing the narrow goals of vested interest, driven by greed and power. As long as it continues there will be no respite for the people who have found the courage to leave their homes and travel abroad in search of a better life.

I have recently argued that we need to license our politicians to bring some sort of accountability into force and end this senseless and aggressive domination of people who, left to their own devices, have shown throughout history that they can get on well with each other.

As the disciplines and opportunities of the internet impact upon our lives with growing momentum, I now seriously question the need for politicians at all, as their vested interests will always get in the way of achieving a true democracy.

The answer, as I see it, is for new leaders with new visions, based upon an understanding of the unprecedented changes now taking place in our global Society, which will stimulate a complete break with the past. Something I will write about shortly.

 

Until the next time

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

Was 2008 the Beginning of the Assault on Democracy? (1 of 2)

Six years after the banking disaster of 2007/8 it seems to me the greatest devastation has been to people rather than the economy.

We now have growing levels of unemployment, (no matter what the ‘reported statistics’ say) and a ‘well educated’ youth imprisoned by backbreaking debt and without the means to repay it. On top of this we are seeing the collapse of Society’s infrastructures of health, education, pension provision, and privatisation of energy and rail services, to name but a few.

This got me thinking about what sort of conversation took place between the banks and government when it all fell over and what is behind it all.

(Not sure I’m any good at satire but try this for size):

Curtain Opens . . .

Banks – “Hi. We’ve just made a serious mess of things and need a load of dosh . . . NOW!”

Government – “We can’t spare much, we usually borrow from you!”

Banks – “Come of it, your Treasury is loaded”

Government – “Yes but that’s taxpayer money!”

Banks – “Look, we are on the verge of a global banking collapse and too big to fail because the world would implode! It’s our money remember, we only lend it to you. We now want it back for a while to get it into our banks so they can start lending again and restart the economy”

Government – “Put like that how can we refuse?” And so they all go over to the Treasury.

Banks – “Road Tax money. Hmm we’ll have that. More potholes will slow traffic up and reduce road incidents. Blimey look how much money you’ve got for Healthcare, we’ll have half of that. And look at all that Benefits money, we’ll have half of that as well. Help you cut down on the scroungers!” And so it goes on until enough money is found to back up the banks.

Government – “Hmmm, not sure we’ve got enough money to run the country now”

Banks – “Don’t worry about it. We’ll print some more and lend it to you!”

Government – “That’s fine but also not sure we can pay it back.”

Banks – “Don’t worry. We’ll make it a condition of the loan that you have to introduce ‘Austerity’ measures to meet the repayments. Part of those measures will include selling off your public services (at discount prices) to help with those repayments”

Government – “But that could take decades and anyway isn’t this what you have done in Greece, and Spain, and Italy? In fact across Europe and America as well as the undeveloped countries?”

Banks – “There you go . . . We’re all in this together, welcome to the club!”

Curtain closes

What is not understood by the majority of people is that the money we use is the banks property, which they only lend to us. The words on banknotes about “Bank of England” and “I promise to pay the bearer” etc. are for branding purposes only to show that our government has declared their money as our legal tender.

As it is their money they can do with it what they choose as well as charging for its use by way of interest, that’s fair enough. However, they have now put so much of their money into the system that the interest payments on this mountain of money will keep us in penury for a lifetime, if not several lifetimes. The banks know this and hence the softening up message from the IMF MD Christine Lagarde who was reported as saying that “debt and unemployment could become the new normal.”

Whilst banks are more than entitled to charge for their services, charging interest on loans has greater impact. In the same manner that Austerity is not a financial solution but a means by which to control and plunder Society, Debt too is a means of applying control through obligation. We have all seen the fine print on loan applications, although whether we read it all is doubtful. If we did we would realise that the bank will assert absolute control over our lives, by seizing what we own if necessary, to ensure their loans are repaid and our obligation to repay is therefore assured.

The same goes for countries and so the question has to be asked . . . has the banking collapse provided the means by which democracy is now being neutered through debt obligation? It certainly seems to be the case as financial institutions, be they banks or corporations, exert increasing dominance over our lives, with little concern for the inequalities and suffering this is causing.

Tomorrow I will write about how our money supply is like our water supply and the part our government has to play if we are to come out from under the financial yoke now placed upon us.

Until the next time

 

Thinking form his book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to The 99% . . . If They Want It!              By J T Coombes

Are We Sleepwalking Into The Next Election? (Part 4 of 6) . . . Gender Equality is Now Essential to our Survival

She Avoids Aggression

Elinor Gadon PhD, an American cultural historian, author and academic, makes the point that, in recent archaeological research, there is no sign of warfare in any Neolithic Goddess cultures, as there is no evidence of fortifications, violent death, invasion or conquest. Perhaps this is why it is postulated that women would never send their children to war! JTC

In this new millennium 21st century Society is saddled with systems way past their sell by date.

. . . A 15th century democratic system, complete with glass ceiling

. . . An 11th century monetary system that increasingly holds the world to ransom

. . . A 2000 year old surveillance system being replaced by modern technology

. . . A ‘feudal’ attitude to Women who represent half our species

 In this series of 6 posts I will offer a view on why I think we might be sleepwalking into Election 2015

Part 4 of 6: Gender Equality Is Now Essential To Our Survival

In Jungian psychology – please stay with me! – the anima and animus represent the masculine and feminine characteristics of the unconscious, (true inner self), in every one of us. The trick, we are told, to becoming a balanced person, capable of taking full advantage of what Life has to offer, is to get these two aspects working in balance with each other – in a similar fashion to left and right brain activity.

From this basic understanding of how we function, it follows that there is a duty upon us to ensure that both the male and female of our species are also working in equal balance and harmony with each other, for our long-term benefit.

Let me also emphasise at the outset that, when I refer to balance, I do not suggest for one moment that women have to mirror what men do to achieve equality. Balance, for me, can only ever mean that there is an equal application of power and perspective from women in this thing called Life as that which has traditionally been exerted by their male counterparts.

The current imbalance has been with us since we were cave-dwellers and has seriously affected our ability to balance our development as a species. It is like a Greek galley, with all of the rowers on one side being made incapable of making their contribution to the ship’s progress. In this state, the galley will only ever travel in endless circles, experiencing the same restricted journey and making it incapable of achieving its true potential. Continue reading

Are We Sleepwalking Into The Next Election? (Part 1 of 6)

In this new millennium 21st century Society is saddled with systems way past their sell by date.

. . . A 15th century democratic system, complete with glass ceiling

. . . An 11th century monetary system that increasingly holds the world to ransom

. . . A 2000 year old surveillance system being replaced by modern technology

Voting with what we now have will never solve the problems we now face

 In this series of 6 posts I will offer a view on why I think we might be sleepwalking into Election 2015

 Part 1: A Parliament No Longer Fit for Purpose

As the electioneering begins, with statistical manipulation and dubious messages of economic recovery, with party faithful battling with each other over who did and said what, and manifestos that become the written evidence of future political deceit, I can’t help feeling we are sleepwalking into the next general election.

The purpose of Parliament is to ‘manage’ the needs of Society for the benefit of that Society, (supported by Magna Carta which successfully dealt with the constant abuse of the people by successive monarchs). Up until 150 years ago a relatively balanced democracy was achieved, with little excessive abuse of the type now being experienced by the population at large.

However, as the Charters 61 clauses were whittled down to just 3 by 1969 we have seen a sea change in the way Parliament operates and Society is managed or, as many would now agree, we have returned to the abuses perpetrated by monarchs all those centuries ago. Continue reading

I Hate the Phrase ‘Ruling Elite’ They are Not . . . ‘Elite’ that is!

Elitist

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This is the definition of ‘Elite’ from Wikipedia:

In General, elite means the more capable group of the peoples. The selected part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities.

I would like to argue that this phrase has now come into common use to define a superior group within our species who are somehow better or more qualified to hold the positions they do than the rest of us. I would also argue that to be better or more qualified implies they must have gifts that benefit the rest of us, or else why are they elevated to this dominating position within our Society?

What we are actually defining is a group of people who have skills in the creation and management of wealth, and who apply those narrow skills diligently to protect and grow that wealth and the power that comes with it. This process of protecting and growing comes at a cost to the remainder of Society, who are suppressed from gaining similar rewards for their efforts. If this is the reality, how can they be ‘Elitist’ by the above definition?

The process itself is achieved by sponsoring and directing governments (which the majority have elected to power), to pass laws that benefit them. Whilst this is now a commonly acknowledged practise what is constantly overlooked is that if we had not elected those governments into power in the first place there would be nothing to sponsor or direct. I accept that we elect governments into power from the information we are given, or because of tradition, but in the end it is OUR power that sets in place the means by which the ‘Elite’ manipulate Society for their benefit.

If this power base of government cannot come into force without our compliance then surely it is us that are more capable and superior in abilities with the real power and must therefore be the “Elite”. Our compliance is far more powerful that any amount of money! Sadly however, what is happening at present is that instead of us dictating what government does for our benefit, we hand that power away by not making our presence felt once we have put them in power, and worse . . .  governments know this!

We have the tools to take back that power and assume our rightful position as “Elitist” through greater application of our growing skills with social media. This has already been proven with many successes already under our belt across the globe. The ‘Ruling Elite’ believe in themselves first and foremost, and with this self-belief they then use the tools at their disposal. It is time for us now to find that same self-belief within every one of us, in that respect we are no different to the ‘Ruling Elite’. We must now find it, trust in it and use it, the tools are already there.

But also we must find a new phrase for our new found power . . . “Elite” really doesn’t work for me and I don’t think it does for you either!

Until the next time