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Will Grenfell take 28 Years?

As the years pass by and my Life experience grows, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as coincidence. Often it may take a while, sometimes years, but explanations always appear for events that have a certain ‘synchronicity’.

The news that criminal prosecutions will now take place over the Hillsborough disaster could not have come at a more propitious time, as we still reel from the tragedy of Grenfell Tower. The two situations have much in common, in the negligence and cover up that has, and is, taking place and to my mind their synchronistic appearance demands a change in the way Society is managed and run.

In the case of Hillsborough, those who should have been held accountable hid behind a bureaucratic screen, put in place for decades in the hope the tragedy would be forgotten about. It was only the tenacity of those grieving that eventually broke down that wall of silence and lies to get at the truth.

If we look more closely at the history, we can see evidence of insult and contempt towards the relatives and friends of the victims, in simply seeking the truth from those in power.

Not only did they have to keep pushing for answers but also finance their efforts from their own pockets, whilst those defending themselves had access to a wealth of public money with which to hire the best lawyers to hide behind.

It’s a double whammy of monumental proportions, as those seeking justice had to pay twice. Once for their own legal support and a second time as taxpayers funding the defence of those seeking to hide the truth from them!

What it demonstrates is a system unfit for purpose, when it becomes necessary to take legal action to break a wall of silence, and then find that the financial implications of such action are stacked against democratic justice being obtained.

To add further insult, the ‘judicial reviews’ that have taken place over the years were obviously tainted, given the criminal charges now being brought against those who have remained hidden for so long.

In my opinion the relatives and friends of the victims of Hillsborough deserve an OBE apiece and the wrongdoers put behind bars and the keys thrown away. Their inefficiencies at the time and subsequent cover-up, over so many years, is a disgrace to the institutions they represent, who employ a majority of good and honest people.

We now hear that our government is launching a Public Enquiry and already doubts are being cast over Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who will lead the enquiry, because of reported dubious rulings in the past. His experience, as I understand it, lies with complicated shipping law. The relevance of his experience to Grenfell defies me.

It would appear that our political institutions are once again preparing the groundwork for another war of attrition against those who are grieving and seeking answers.

At a tangent but related in my view, is the breaking news that Cardinal George Pell, the third highest ranking official in the Vatican, is now facing multiple charges of sexual abuse from multiple complainants. Yet again the Catholic church is rocked by scandal, from those in senior positions who appear to have abused their power, instead of keeping Society on an even moral keel.

I find it obscene to see this collective arrogance and contempt again rearing its ugly head and the ‘synchronicity’ of these events is too meaningful to be ignored. Where does Society now turn to clean up its act and institute new moral standards that will be respected and re-introduce trust and belief in those who choose to rule over us?

Those grieving need all the help and support they can get now and into the future, if the callousness of Hillsborough and Grenfell Tower are not to be repeated.

 

Until the next time.

Theresa ‘more of the same’ May

And so the Tory power machine roles relentlessly onward, as it schemes, maligns and back stabs its hold on government. The lust for power by career politicians is becoming increasingly immoral, as they sound bite to the tune of constant research of public mood and attitude.

To endorse this, I am indebted to T J Green @greentak for making me aware of this insight from Jo Maugham QC on the electoral procedure from the 1922 committee. It suggests that a second candidate should have been found to replace Leadstrom. His interpretation of this issue has stimulated more debate than that which surrounded the leadership election!

Further controversy comes from the media highlighting the morality of our next Prime Minister and her stand over the Hillsborough cover up, support of gay marriage and confrontations with the police. Something strangely at odds with her condemnation of the handover of power in 2007, by Blair to Brown, without an election.

Gordon Brown “doesn’t have the mandate (and) wasn’t elected prime minister” rang the battle cry, with May contributing that he was “running scared of the people’s verdict.” How ironic that she now finds herself in an identical position and with an opposition in disarray, yet has vetoed going to the country.

For me, this repeat of 2007 takes politics to new depths. It sneers at the democratic process and involvement of the people, which was one of the reasons for our recent referendum and to which the people made their feelings known.

We are facing the most challenging time since the last world war, as we stand alone against overwhelming odds. To have a leader taking on this awesome situation with only the backing of 200 ‘friends’ smacks of arrogance and renewed contempt for the majority. We need to unite behind our government more so now than at any other time in decades. Surely she would be in a much stronger position with Brussels if she had the backing of the whole country?

Whilst seen as a tough operator she is, apparently, also a control freak, a luxury that cannot be indulged if her leadership is to be in anyway effective over such mighty challenges. There is no doubt she is charismatic in a way Corbyn could never be but so was Tony Blair and his single mindedness was his undoing.

(Isn’t it interesting how the Labour Party are looking to unseat their leader because of his limited support of the ‘Remain’ campaign, whilst the Tories have just elected their new leader and our Prime Minister, with the same credentials!)

In making her pitch, she said: “We need a government that will deliver serious social reform – and make ours a country that truly works for everyone. Because right now, if you’re born poor, you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.

“If you’re a white working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else to go to university. If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately. If you’re a woman, you still earn less than a man.”

Hard hitting words that somehow seem at odds with the world of Tory reality. All political parties have need of their corporate sponsors to attain and retain their power. Her attacks on these vested interests may ring a bell with voters but are they ‘soundbite electioneering’ that will lose momentum with the passing of time? How much will the manipulated fears around Brexit control the degree of reform of existing corporate abuse and vast pay packets?

It also has to be said that she is not afraid of confrontation, as the police know full well. However, her vile immigrant campaign, with “Go Home” posters, places her somewhat at odds with the very serious challenges now facing us, with the growing resentment and persecution of immigrants.

Her words on education and the working class are obviously seeking to further disturb Labours current problems but very much at odds with the growing stranglehold of student debt and AI induced loss of jobs at all levels of employment.

These are soundbites we could do without. The situation is now far too serious for the can to be once again kicked down the road. What she lacks in vision will have to be more than made up for in tough negotiating. Apparently, she is admirably gifted to achieve these ends and like Cameron with his inauguration, she is making all the right noises.

However, we need leadership now more than ever before. Will an unelected transfer of power, which is only supported by a minority of the country, lead to more of the same at No 10 and the furtherance of ‘Austerity’, Privatisation, Fracking and TTIP? Only time will tell.

Until the next time

 

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

Student Debt . . . Society’s Shame!

According to the Office of National Statistics there are now 3.3 million young adults living with their parents. That’s 618,000 young adults (aged between 20 – 34) more in 2015 than in under a decade ago in 1996. Or to be more precise . . . That’s around 1 in 4 young adults were living with their parents in 2015!

As we delve further it gets more unpleasant, as we see that the percentage of young householders has decreased from 55% to 30% for 24 – 29 year olds and from 68% to 46% for 30 – 34 year olds, in that same time frame.

Neoliberalism sets out to create a rentier Society, where feudalism can flourish because land ownership is retained in the hands of the few. To ram home the point 91% of 20 – 24-year-old householders . . . YES 91% . . . live in rented accommodation, meaning just 9% own or are buying a home of their own.

The UK government tells us it wants to increase the number of affordable properties available for the young, supported by the other political parties who have raised this issue. This is lunacy of the worst and most despicable kind where our young are being financially crippled with student debt by that same government.

What possible logic is there in robbing the young before they have a job and then declaring that a ‘caring’ government’s solution to this problem is a ‘soundbite’ that might create a meagre supply of homes that would be affordable to some of the people they are enslaving in debt?

The lunacy becomes mind-numbing when we now hear that 73% of students will have some debt written off. If this is true, then what possible point was there in nearly doubling the average size of personal student debt in the first place?

In the US it gets even more horrific, as over $1 Trillion of student debt is viewed as a trophy of neoliberalism. Indeed, the government has actually changed the laws on bankruptcy so that they prohibit students from taking this course of action when debt becomes too much. However, the law continues to allow corporations this avenue of escape when their debts become too onerous.

Following this progression, it begs the question as to whether this unpleasant form of neoliberalism will cross the Atlantic, like so many other financial practices, to further persecute our young?

What we must not lose sight of here is that with the threat of even more odious trade agreements now being signed into law, (with supposedly no way of taking them off the statue books once they arrive), will bankers have the legal clout to enslave our young – and everyone else – in debt repayments, with no legal means of reprieve?

We create our world from what we believe in and our dominating beliefs dominate how Society conducts itself. Currently the purveyors of neoliberalism have the floor and their greed will be their eventual downfall because they are totally unaware of the type of Society they are breeding.

If we get down to basics, natural laws are by far the most powerful at work on this Planet and they are now being contravened big time! Not matter what type of living creature you are, be they animal or human, there is an overwhelming drive to ‘leave the nest’ and strike out on your own to carve out your own life. We see this at its most pronounced with fledgling birds and even lion cubs, where the parents will forcefully drive their young away to begin their own lives.

Human beings, being the most ‘intelligent’ of the Planetary species however, are arrogantly ignoring this most basic of drives and actually impeding this natural progression of its young. This greed driven action will have disastrous repercussions as our young become more and more disenchanted. Not because they are ambitious or violent but because they are trying to answer the call deep within each of them to ‘set up their own nest’ and breed a family.

Neoliberalism lacks any moral conscience and because it lacks the intelligence to work out that true power comes from nurturing those you wish to have power over, it is breeding a terrorist Society of the future. The young, we know, are easily drawn to terror organisations and other rebellious groups such as the evermore successful hacking groups.

It is not that they are inherently violent or want to kill. They simply see it as the only course of action, to try and right the wrongs being heaped upon them. Every explosion or release of secret documents into the public arena is a victory against this abusive establishment that is intent upon growing feudalism.

They are too intelligent to be returned to this medieval form of control (they have an expensive education to prove that!) and resistance will become stronger as long as neoliberalism is allowed to continue to dominate our culture.

The young are our future. What we sow in their young minds dictates tomorrows culture. We cried out that all young, no matter what their social standing, should have access to first class education and all we did was create a huge class of the indebted, with no chance of the promised jobs with which to repay that debt.

Society must hang its head in shame that we are not nurturing our future Society to look after this beautiful Planet. Instead, we are fomenting conflict and destruction that could escalate to unthinkable levels of destruction with arrogant, uncaring and bloody-minded governments.

Another ‘Wake Up’ call that is not getting sufficient exposure to my mind.

Until the next time

 

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

2016 . . . Feudalism is Returning

The private banks have argued for a long time now that the issue of money should be exclusively theirs. They further argue that to allow governments this power would see political abuse of the monetary system. It is a sound argument, which has allowed financiers to amass not only great wealth but also vast power that now, as we are seeing, is usurping the powers of elected governments and eradicating democracy.

The end result of this is that in this 21st century we are being taken back to a feudal Society, where the people own very little and are enslaved by debt.

In feudal times the peasants (people) were allowed to farm and cultivate plots of land by renting that land from the powerful (Barons). They rarely achieved ownership of the land they worked because a large portion of what they grew was taken by the Landowner as rent for the land. This kept the people at a barely subsistence level from what they farmed. If they had a poor year they incurred debt, because of inadequate supplies of crops with which to pay the rent. If they were unable to ‘grow their way out of debt’ they were enslaved in serfdom.

I see many similarities between then, when Magna Carta came into force and today. Our private money system has created a property boom which is now pricing property at such astronomical rates, more and more people are being returned to renting their own home, or denied that opportunity, with little chance in the foreseeable future of this situation changing . . . A rentier Society.

Technology is being allowed to replace jobs with no political will to lead a vision of employment in this new era. Already the young are consigned to a form of slavery, as educated graduates, burdened down with debt, are finding it less and less possible to engage in a career with a meaningful future and income opportunities, leaving them with no option than to rent their homes . . . A rentier Society.

Cash is being abolished to enable our money to become wholly digital to support negative interest rates, where we pay the banks to look after our money! This means we will have no independence or control over our finances, as was the case when cash ruled. We will soon see our money frozen at the press of a button if we somehow transgress. Remember what happened to Julian Assange and Ed Snowden . . . all accounts frozen without any judicial process to confirm their guilt . . . A financially repressed rentier Society.

Given such a lacklustre environment in which Society is expected to function it can only mean a return to the feudal times of centuries ago. And this in a time when we can send people into Space and perform the most miraculous of medical operations and healthcare.

Nowhere is this more obvious than the odious TTIP trade agreement, which is being forced upon governments around the world. It will reduce populations by 50% by starving people, abolishing pensions and spreading poverty, according to Michael Hudson in an interview with Bonnie Faulkner this month (I am indebted to T J Greene @greentak for this one) http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/02/michael-hudson-discusses-the-new-global-financial-cold-war.html

This supposed trade agreement is to force privatisation and disable government regulation.

. . . And I quote:

“There are a number of related aims: to nullify environmental protection regulations that cost money, to nullify protection of labour, and to nullify attempts to tax natural resources or economic rent. The idea is to turn roads and the transport system into toll roads, which will be owned by foreigners and run at a high charge. The Internet and the water system will be sold off and made into toll systems, to charge for their services and for other basic needs. This will impose a neo-feudal rentier economy throughout the world as the finance, industrial and real estate (FIRE) sector takes over the government sector.”

. . . And just to hammer home the point:

“The neoliberal plan is to create a post-industrial society. By “post-industrial” I mean a neo-rentier economy returning to feudalism. Instead of governments taking the lead and providing basic services at a low price to become a competitive economy, neoliberalized governments sell roads and energy, electricity, water and sewers to buyers that are going to charge whatever the market will bear. This is going to impoverish the country. It’s the opposite of what development economics taught through most of the 20th century”.

Austerity becomes a lot clearer when you realise that all of the debt slushing around this beautiful Planet is now so vast it has become unrepayable. The bankers have engineered this so they are now able to take repayments in the form of sovereign services, transport services, health services and water and sewage systems.

We are returning to a feudal society, by way of debt, that has been allowed to grow beyond prudent levels. Greece, which I rant so much about, is a precursor of what is to come. Where a country is simply broken up to pay odious debt that has been foisted upon its people by irresponsible bankers, aided and abetted by equally irresponsible politicians. Their beautiful islands are being sold off at rock bottom prices like some second hand car auction. TTIP is preparing us all for such action!

In spite of looking very black, there is something within me that continues to say “there will be a turning point”, as there always has been throughout our history. These tactics were tried after the 1929 collapse and seen to fail miserably. John Maynard Keynes, no less, preached against such action and was shown to be right. Financiers think they know better these days and only time will tell.

Very much in our favour now is the fact that we are no longer the global serfs of centuries ago, as I have said before. We are much better educated and with the powerful means of communicating with each other globally. When and where that turning point will be I really don’t know but happen it will . . . We simply have to believe!

(As an aside, you may not be aware, as I wasn’t, that 800,000 names (2% of eligible electors!) have ‘dropped off’ the electoral register, following changes to the way citizens register to vote in the UK. That’s 800,000 people entitled to vote who no longer can help to change things. The National Voter Registration Drive – #NVRD – is driven by passionate people who are rising up to address their governments failure to manage and nurture a ‘healthy’ democracy. Actions like this are on the increase and happening everywhere . . . hence my optimism!)

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds 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

Our Toxic Financial System – Part 3 of 3

Nathan Rothschild

In Part 1 http://tinyurl.com/z3x2yzb I justified my use of the word ‘toxic’ in the title from the dictionary, which described it “Causing social harm or unpleasantness” – The Free Dictionary by Farlex. In this final part I would like to offer examples of how the biggest global monopoly in our history is now consolidating its vast powers and whether they are of benefit to Society or not.

In Part 2 http://tinyurl.com/j3xu9uq I alluded to how money comes into being. Monopoly allows them to simply create loans on a balance sheet and bring money into existence (out of thin air) for the duration of the loan and on which we pay interest.

This monopoly to supply our money no longer needs to hold reserves of tangible assets – like gold – to support the value of that money. Indeed, to protect this monopoly they actively work against any country looking to bring its own currency into existence. Recently (and quietly) disclosed in Hilary Clinton emails), it was confirmed that Gaddafi was looking to introduce a gold backed currency into Africa and never quite made it.

With no control over how much cash is circulated into Society, because it is no longer controlled by how much gold reserves the banks have to hold, we have seen a printing bonanza since 2008, as money is flooded into the economy to stave off what should have been an economic collapse and recession.

These vast amounts of money were supposed to be put out into Society to spend on goods and services, thereby stimulating the economy back into a healthy position. A monopoly however, allowed banks to hold on to the money to boost their own severely strained reserves (they were all technically bankrupt after 2008). They also gave cheap loans to the corporate world. These were used to buy out the competition and buy back their own shares, thereby artificially holding up their share prices, in an era of falling sales.

This stimulated the growing gap between rich and poor, as the banks directed their money in just one direction – the corporate world. Like a gardener directing his hosepipe to water just a part of the garden, those plants that received it flourished and the remainder withered.

In spite of all the reassurances from the experts, like the Federal Reserve, that ‘QE’ would sort the problem of growing unemployment and economic slowdown, it didn’t. In addition, these private banks have continued to merge risky investment banking with their consumer banking, the very problems that heralded the collapse of 2008.

Because of their monopolistic position the banks are again looking to the public to bail them out, by taking current account money and savings next time. (Don’t raise the fact that we have a government protection scheme to reimburse us in this event . . . that is our taxpayer money again that will support this second grand theft!!)

As we become aware of what is happening the astute will take their money out of the banks and hoard it under the bed, as we have done for eons when distrust of the banks sets in. This time, because they are so fragile, the banks want to pre-empt our astuteness by getting rid of cash, something already under way in – Canada, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Norway and Sweden, to name but a few.

If we are restricted to plastic, (which ordinarily need not present a problem, if properly overseen) our money is no longer in tangible form as notes and coins but simply numbers on a computer screen and their monopoly will allow them to deny us access at will. Their monopoly control then becomes absolute. Their reasoning is that it will enable them to crack down on money laundering and tax evasion.

Indeed, only in the last year or so Switzerland has been under attack from US agencies to make public the many corporations who deposit funds in secret bank accounts to avoid tax. Having done the gentlemanly thing and given in, Switzerland is now seeing this money transferred to Reno, Nevada in the US, where that same privileged tax status is available to those same corporations!

Debt obligation is underwriting the flourishing of this financial monopoly and as with all monopolies, Society is the poorer for it. We have absolutely no control over current financial abuse and our governments seem to be helpless because of their debt obligations to theses very banks.

Private banking has its place in Society, I believe, as a provider of services to the corporate world. What current banking practice has established is that we need a separate ‘public banking’ system, for the private individual and accountable to those very people, as both customers and taxpayers.

Here there is a ray of light in no less a place than Switzerland, the home of global banking. This country operates both public and private banking services, the former of which provides the citizens with one of the best health services in the world. Now there is a move to demand that government, not the private banks, has the exclusive power to create the country’s money.

The reasoning for this is summed up as follows:

  1. Currently money is created as debt, resulting in severe malfunctions.
  2. The country’s money supply is under private control and therefore a monopoly.
  3. Bank deposits are not secure.
  4. Money supply rises and falls in line with banking profitability, not social need.
  5. The money supply fosters inflation.
  6. Debt issued money is only a benefit to banks and not to Society.

Interestingly this has not been widely covered by global media and left to the specialist publications and social networking to be heard. (Another ray of light in our rapidly changing world!) It is early days but here, at its very centre, is evidence of awareness on the injustices of debt driven monopoly banking.

We have a new, plain speaking breed of political leader emerging and showing integrity and a desire to break from the current world order of unelected corporate rule . . . like Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Saunders in the US.

They can’t do it on their own, as Gaddafi, Lincoln and JFK have previously demonstrated but in league with like-minded politicos we could see real progress to a less abusive monetary system . . . and so much more.

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds 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

Our Toxic Financial System – 1 of 3

Nathan Rothschild

I deliberated long and hard about using ‘Toxic’ in the title and even turned to the dictionary. This decided me (The Free Dictionary by Farlex):

3a. Extremely risky or harmful, as a debt for which the borrower is in default and the collateral has lost   so much value that its sale cannot cover the amount of the loan.

3b. Causing social tension or unpleasantness.

A ‘Monopoly’ is something we are very wary of because we know from bitter experience it generates a level of power over the users of services and goods that becomes increasingly uncompetitive and expensive.

Big Pharma is a good example, where (patented) life giving drugs are price fixed to (often) put them out of the reach of the very people they should be helping. The AIDs virus was one such case, particularly in Africa, where it was rife and standards of living were amongst the poorest in the world.

This pales into insignificance however, compared to our global private banking system. They too have ‘patented’ money and become the exclusive suppliers of 97% of the world’s currencies and cash. It is by far and away the biggest monopoly within our species.

We know how toxic monopolies can become and regularly introduce laws to restrict such practices. The sheer size and power of global banking demonstrates how ineffective we are in this endeavour.

Whilst Big Pharma create exclusivity to price fix their products for maximum profit, private global banking is amassing vast powers over the global population from debt, which also produces elephantine profits for them.

Monopoly ignites human fallibility to abuse and greed and power are the ultimate fuel. We have seen this power at work in 2015 when unelected representatives, the Troika, brought Greece to its knees, shocking the world in the process. This is the power of debt at work in all its uncloaked savagery and witness to control by monopoly.

Monopoly often goes beyond what many people are aware of and is best described with the many levels of abuse on Society through Student Debt. To start with there is the moral issue, which seeks to make money out of our young before they even have the means to financially stand on their own two feet.

This helps consolidate the monopoly position of private banks in several ways. Firstly, it places students under financial obligation and gets then used to debt at an early age, conditioning them to a mental frame of mind that accepts debt as the primary means by which to finance their future lives.

Secondly it indentures them into an already financially controlled Society, ensuring they feel they are in a ‘normal’ environment where the payment of interest, for the use of the money in their pockets and bank accounts, is paramount.

Thirdly, this monopoly environment begins to reach into other areas of their lives. It is now the (ludicrously narrow) yardstick by which characters are assessed, even to the extent of how credit worthiness can affect suitability for a job – to hell with an expensive university education!

Sadly, this monopoly is strengthened by our governments who have been inveigled into supporting this lending as the ‘retailers’ of the money, borrowed from the banks and put out in grants, hoping to make a profit on the deal. “Wait a minute” I hear you say, “This is a good thing as government makes a profits that benefit taxpayers!”

Sadly, it is now becoming apparent that their inability to create employment is seeing a growing number of students unable now to repay the loans. In the UK in 2015, government set aside £2bn a year to cover student loan write down. 45% of loans are now anticipated will be written off . . . It was $3billion in the first three months of 2013 in US!

This means that instead of a profit for taxpayers they will yet again be contributing to the profits of private banks. The students cannot be made to repay the debt but government can, with taxpayer money, because they too are indentured by the power of this global monopoly, whose concern is only ever the payment of their profit/interest.

We can see through this one example, how the toxic power of monopoly can cause multiple abuse. Here, in addition to the enslavement of the young, public money is intertwined with commercial practice to underwrite guaranteed profits for private banks, when it has actually been raised to provide public services to support Society.

I have tried here to illustrate how pervasive debt has become within our Society, from a monopoly control that we have known for centuries is both abusive and destructive. In Part 2 I will take another closer look at the private banking system, to illustrate the toxic affect that monopoly has upon our future as a species, by controlling Life through frighteningly narrow constraints.

Awareness breeds understanding and understanding breeds 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 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 ‘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

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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

First Greece . . . Now Puerto Rica and Ukraine

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After 2008 there were words of intent about changing the gambling practises of the banking community but one abuse continues to follow another. However it is now becoming very clear that it will not be the regulators that bring the banks to heel but their own greed.

We have become more educated about the reality of why Greece can no longer service its debt obligations, resulting in growing sympathy and support for the manner in which they are fighting back. Although there are now hints of giving further ground to their creditors they have done the rest of us an incalculable service in opening our eyes to the reality of the financial abuse going on across the Planet.

We now hear that the tiny island of Puerto Rica has just put its hand up to the impossibility of its debt situation and Ukraine is following in the footsteps of Greece, with more debt being piled upon the Ukraine people to meet existing debt obligations. With the debacle of Greece fully in the headlines and sympathy growing for their cause the idiocy of repeating the ‘Greek Mistake’ with Puerto Rica and Ukraine beggars belief.

This is an exact repeat of the 2008 sub-prime mortgage scandal, where debt was piled upon people who the banks knew could not afford it. To protect themselves from their own bad practise they then packaged up this bad debt with good debt and sold the bundles on to each other in a global ‘pass the parcel’. Except there was not just one winner at the end, because the taxpayer made them ALL winners when the parcel finally unfolded.

With the revelations about Greece, Puerto Rica and Ukraine, not to mention Italy, Portugal and Spain (that we know about), it is obvious that the banks have not changed any of their dangerous lending. The global financial system was left riddled with bad debt from 2008, a lot of which is still in there and now being topped up with vast amounts of sovereign debt. These countries and many more, including the UK, have become saturated in debt because our taxes were stolen and then replaced by debt we simply could not afford through that earlier theft.

The blame and responsibility is entirely that of the banks, as I do not believe for one minute that any country walked into the headquarters of the IMF or Goldman Sachs and put a gun to their CEO’s heads demanding “Give us dosh OR ELSE”!

The people who lost their houses in the sub-prime fiasco suffered the indignity of sleeping under bridges or in tents, staring helplessly at lost homes that remained empty for months, if not years. This is now the fate of the rest of us, who are staring on equally helplessly as our national assets are sold off (stolen) at rock bottom prices and our social service become as empty as those former homes, all in the name of ‘Austerity’.

We refer to them as banks but these are not the practises of traditional banking, who looked after their own interests by ensuring they only lend their money to responsible people who they know could both afford and take responsibility for that debt.

It is obvious from the growing number of hands going up in default that the common denominator is moneylending practise and not banking practise. That it is going on at such a global scale is serious cause for concern, because we are not talking about financial issues here but those of power. The brutal fashion in which Greece is being treated demonstrates the need felt necessary to fully assert that power as they continue their odious debt lending.

Greece may be considering weakening their current stance but they are also having their lawyers study the nature of their debt obligations with a view to having it formally classified as ‘Odious Debt’, that they may then legally return it from whence it came. That would be a game changer!

Odious Debt is a far bigger can of worms than ‘Austerity’ and would heap a stigma upon the banking system that could challenge its very foundations. And if Greece does not follow through, someone else will, as I believe our growing awareness of the reality of what is happening is placing the writing on the wall!

 

Until the next time.

 

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