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(Im)migration Can Only Escalate

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As Brussels struggles and fails to instruct and legislate its way out of the immigration surge to Europe, it is becoming very clear that this is a global problem that will not go away and can only escalate.

There are four distinct types of (im)migration, two of which are modern day phenomena.

First we have ‘traditional’ migration which has been going on since we lived in caves. Our birth environment no longer gives us the life we are looking for and so we migrate to other areas, be they near or far, in the anticipation of finding a better life.

Then we have ‘enticed’ migration, by which countries seek workers to develop their economy. This too has gone on throughout history and is pertinent where colonisation is concerned. Such were the cases with America, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia for example.

Next we have ‘induced’ migration that results from forcing, rather than enticing, people to leave their homes and has been historically attributable to violent conflict. We see this repeated today with Europe, as the unrest in the Middle East escalates and the horrors of terrorism force people to flee.

The second type of ‘induced’ migration is one of the new phenomena that has arisen as climate change, through global warming, is raising sea levels and literally eradicating whole landmasses, forcing people to migrate to dry land.

Given that the fears of global warming are now becoming accepted, as the counter attack by vested interest loses credibility, more of our land masses will submerge beneath the waves and force people to relocate, whether within their homeland or abroad.

Finally, we have the second new phenomenon, with what I call ‘technology’ induced (im)migration, which is as a direct result of our inventiveness. In an era where tribes people, such as those on the Serengeti, continue to hunt with a spear whilst also now communicating by mobile phone, it is causing a breakthrough in the traditional ignorance of millennia that has previously kept us apart as a species.

It is here that the real future problems lie, as less developed Societies are awakened to a better life elsewhere and determine to seek it out. In many cases, that determination may well come from realising that they have not, nor are they ever likely to benefit from the use of the abundance of natural resources being stripped from their country by global corporations.

It is also the realisation that their wealth is being used to benefit other parts of the world and not benefitting them. With the awakening and growing understanding technology is bringing, it is not unreasonable for them to say that if it is their natural resources that are supporting the wealth of others, then they are just as entitled to go and benefit from it as the plunderers.

It was the Dalai Lama who put his finger on the very crux of this problem when talking recently about the issues within the EU, observing that “It’s impossible for everyone to come to Europe”.

The earliest (recent) European experience with this type of refugee has resulted from a growing awareness of our wealth and benefits systems in the UK, which has acted like a magnet to the less privileged. In trying to ‘contain’ this activity, the people of Calais and the surrounding area are experiencing growing unbridled lawlessness that the police seem incapable, or unconcerned about managing.

This video opened my eyes to what the future holds and comes from one residents personal account of the reality of ‘trapped’ refugees turning into vicious gangs who run rampant, inflicting beatings, rape and burglary upon the local population.

What is so perverse about the refugee scenario in Europe is that the same politicians now wrestling with this influx of desperate people are responsible for their original exodus. Greed and power have caused the destabilisation of their homelands and that same greed and unaccountable power is now causing the destabilisation of Europe.

What we are dealing with here is 18th century politics and trade in a 21st century world and the two dynamics are simply not reconcilable. Never was Einstein’s observation more pertinent than now:

“The thinking that created the problem is totally incapable of solving it”.

It is a problem that is already overwhelming us and technology will be the dominant force behind migration in the future, escalating the numbers seeking a better life, as it continues to educate and open up our previously closed world.

Over the next decade, the need for the evaluation and reconstruction of global politics is a subject that will also come to dominate our lives from many perspectives, of which immigration is just one.

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!

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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