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TTIP . . . Our Dilemma

As the cigarette giant Philip Morris jets their lawyers around the planet to sue Uruguay, Australia and also prepare to sue the UK for legislation that threatens profits, even before TTIP is a signed deal, it begs the question as to whether they know something we don’t and are honing their skills for the new era of corporate domination.

If so, will we see cigarette packets stripped of Government health warnings, leaving Society with the bill for the resultant increased health care costs? Will education be censored from making our young aware of the dangers, undoing the good work that has gradually stigmatised this unhealthy habit?

Fracking is no different, as stories from the US tell of corporations pumping chemicals, they are not prepared to disclose, under people’s homes and leaving communities with the expense of clearing up after them. This includes the cost of healthcare for people and workers affected by the process and polluted water systems, both caused by these secret chemicals.

When you get right down to it, since they got away with the 2007 financial bail outs for the banks the whole corporate world is now jumping on the bandwagon, by introducing trade agreements that will have taxpayers picking up the bill for all the unprofitable parts of their operations. In so doing the protection we have always relied upon (eventually) from our governments, through laws safeguarding our best interests as a Society, will be swept aside.

Will all of our public services be turned over to the private sector, because they are competing with privately run businesses and therefore harming profits? Will our refuse and sewage works be compromised, as they are ‘streamlined’ to accommodate the bottom line, again threatening our health and safety?

All of this is possible because democracy is being neutered. Politicians will be able to coast along in ‘Club Westminster’, turning away our protests and concerns over irresponsible corporate activity by throwing their hands in the air and declaring they can do nothing because of TTIP!

As the thick blanket of secrecy clothes another step in the corporate bid for global domination, for me, the penny has suddenly dropped!

We are seeing a repeat, albeit now globally, of what happened 800 years ago in England. Only then it was perpetrated by a King who was driven by his belief in his ‘Divine Right’ to do as he pleased. In those days Medieval Society accepted that the country was ruled by the King in conjunction with the next tier of rulers, the Barons and whose vested interests the King had to negotiate with – Medieval ‘democracy’!

The problem came when King John saw himself as sufficiently powerful that he could simply ignore the law and protocol and ‘over’ rule everything. Today we have global corporations flouting laws and even national constitutions as they too seek to do as they please.

Eventually a tipping point was reached in 1215 when the Barons had had enough and said so, bringing the unruly King back under control with the power of the written word . . . Magna Carta.

Today the only way to fight a trade agreement is with another more powerful agreement that counter sues each corporation for the increased tax burden their actions inflict upon Society. (Should our governements find the balls to fight back!) History is now repeating itself with the abuse and there is no reason why it should not also repeat itself with the solution. QED! See more here: http://tinyurl.com/pyvgsqn

The dilemma modern Society faces is not so much the global nature of the problem but one of time. Can we wait for our governments to reach that ‘Enough’ tipping point, as corporate abuse wreaks havoc upon our planet and scientists warn that climate change is reaching its own natural tipping point, which no amount of agreements will reverse?

We are in completely different and unprecedented times to those that birthed Magna Carta and the Occupy movement has taught us two things about these new times. The speed with which a movement can become global, (so many are now) and that if it is going to make a lasting impact it must have the political power with which to fight.

Greece and Spain are showing political grass roots of discontent but I fear we are seeing extreme Left views fighting extreme Right views and history has taught us that extremism never works. We now need political movements that tread the middle ground of human values and powerful people to support those movements.

This is my stab at those values, as a starting point to looking at a new world order that people are quite capable of achieving . . . If they want to! http://www.globalmagnacarta.net/

Until the next time

 

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

EU . . . Too Big To Fail!

EU photo

I have never been a fan of the EU. When Ted Heath took us into the ‘Common Market’ we were told it was to ‘make trading with each other much easier and to reduce the possibilities of future aggression”. At the time there were protests of the birthing of a ‘Super State’, which were immediately poo pooed by politicians and which history has subsequently proved to be the very object of their silent agenda.

These are the unfortunate/prophetic (you decide) words used in Wikipedia, as the organisation grew (My underlining) : “In 2009 the European Community’s institutions were absorbed into the EU’s wider framework and the community ceased to exist”. Profound or what!!!

When you look at the way Greece is now being ganged banged by the IMF, World Bank and ECB there is certainly no community spirit there, given that it was abusive moneylending practices that created the problem for them and the rest of us in the first place. Then there is my primary gripe with the whole set up. For each of the last 20 odd years the EU has not had its accounts signed off because not all the money can be accounted for.

‘Community’ doesn’t enter the equation for this elephantine bureaucracy, which was designed by the corporate world and politicians for the corporate world and politicians. What is happening to Greece demonstrates just how much the banks are in charge now and how little they care about community. Greece is being reprimanded in the most obscene manner, as its people are reduced to penury so that the moneylenders can extract their pound of flesh, whilst also providing a warning to the rest of us.

We must watch closely what is going on there, as it points to a repressive climate being prepared for us all if the troika are allowed their head. Slowly they are massaging the European countries into a single entity, where they will rob us of national identity and public assets in a quest to homogenise a Capitalist state and market place.

With the power of the unions reduced, people will be constantly migrating to survive on lower and lower wages. From these lowering wages they will also be expected to pay taxes that not only fund these bloated bureaucracies but also the interest on vast debts, plus bailing out equally bloated corporations when they come unstuck through their dubious business practices.

When you look at the EU, absolutely nothing is designed for the benefit of the people. Taking down national borders seems friendly enough until you come to recognise that immigration is a one way street and little has been done, by the thousands of people employed and justified by the Brussels ‘rice pudding’, to develop a growing multicultural society.

They can talk about fish quotas and design endless forms to ham string small businesses but any question of integration of the diverse cultures does not interest them. They are only capable of regulation and totally incapable of management. ‘Union’ should be struck from the title!

For me the latest and greatest sin is the deliberate and contrived years of secrecy they felt necessary to cloak their dealings with the US in, over the democracy crippling TTIP agreement. It demonstrates the leverage the banks have over the European political establishment, as it has politicians supporting a powerful agreement that effectively strips them of their powers to regulate for the protection of the people who have elected them.

Sentiment is growing against a power that, as it has grown in size, has become more and more detached from those who elect it. As a species we are obsessed with building vast empires which become too big for us to manage and subsequently fall away in ruins. Back in the 80’s Enron was a perfect example of this, where not only the company but its financial advisors, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, collapsed through fraudulent practices designed to convince everyone they were both successfully growing ever larger.

Their activity pales into insignificance however, compared to the 2008 financial tipping point that was the banking scandal. To stave of the inevitable ruination the biggest confidence trick in the history of our species was perpetrated with the cry “Too big to fail”. It may have bought them some time but we have a failing and bankrupt global financial system that others, including the Chinese and Latin American countries, or the internet, will eventually replace.

The EU is headed for its own tipping point as it’s failing financial policies and gross misuse of stolen national powers propels a growing resentment by a duped European electorate. When the crunch comes and maybe Greece will precipitate it, we will again be threatened by that familiar cry of “Too big to fail” and our only response this time must be, “You failed because you were too big!”

Until the next time

 

 

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