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A ‘MacDonald’s World’

Authors note: The following are my observations on how Society has changed during my lifetime. I make no judgements as to right and wrong but simply ask a question about the direction in which we are now headed.
As a kid growing up in South London in the 50’s, Society was getting over the war but was also fairly settled. As I look back it described the nature of our Britishness as a people, with a monarchy at the helm of that identity.

We left our keys in the few cars that were available then and homes were rarely locked and bolted. Even our criminals had a code of ethics that ostracised anyone convicted of taking a gun, or worse using it, whilst committing a crime.

Napoleon once described us as a “nation of shopkeepers” with the proliferation of family businesses that competed for our individual needs. To them we were ‘Customers’.

In the 60’s foreign businesses, particularly from America, brought their methods of trading to our shores. ‘Super’ markets and ‘Warehouse’ traders selling everything in volume, from toys to carpets appeared and slowly replaced our intimate family businesses.

(Churchill struck a deal with Roosevelt in which, in exchange for US intervention in WWII, American business would be allowed free access to our people.)

These changes saw the demise of the customer as the new businesses, with their endless aisles of goods sold purely on price, slowly but surely changed our identity into consumers and ‘units of profit’. Napoleon, I’m sure, is grinning down at us now!

These new business methods demanded cheap labour and so, over the ensuing decades governments encouraged many immigrants to travel, sometimes thousands of miles, to enter an alien Society in the hope of improving the quality of life for them and their families. Naturally they had a different culture to ours and so they gathered together and formed their own communities to find a sense of identity and belonging.

As the numbers increased so tensions grew, as British values were challenged by these different cultural beliefs and values that our governments had ill prepared us for. Their priority was to meet the demands of employers for more workers, particularly to do the mundane jobs we did not want to do. Their reactive solution to this growing problem was endless ‘anti-racial’ legislation, which sought to insulate the differing cultures and which, sadly, challenged Social integration and cohesion.

Knife crime grew, as did gun violence and our values were again moved from a ‘Bobby with a whistle and a truncheon’ to fully armed and protected squads on constant call and alert. The settled Society that I knew as a kid had disappeared, replaced by an environment that breeds stress, rather than contentment.

Even the flagship of our British values, our monarchy, is under attack from foreign owned media. The purpose is to remove this global icon as the bedrock of our identity. It is a part of a strategy to take away an important aspect of our self-sufficiency as a nation, making us easier to control, a subject I have touched upon before. If this critical institution goes the same way as our shopkeepers it will be like stripping a Rolls Royce of its iconic Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. Our iconic global Trade Mark would be gone and an important part of our Britishness with it, with nothing to fill the void.

Our way of life has undergone a vast change in a relatively short space of time, caused by the demands of an increasingly dominant business culture. This culture seeks to destroy national values and replace them with a global sameness that will bend to the demands of their market place. It requires not only consumers and cheap labour but also vast quantities of cheap natural resources.

It is here that I come to the nub of my concerns about life in this 21st century. Britain is not the only country being stripped of its identity, as debt and migration become the norm and MacDonald’s appears on every high street and back street across the globe. In losing our national identities we lose our uniqueness and the ability to teach and learn from each other.

The very differences that were misused to create endless wars in our past are also the means by which we can come together, as the internet now shows us the inherent qualities each nation has to offer.

As I write TTIP is being bulldozed into legality and will see the final destruction of our sovereign democracies and identities. It will create a ‘MacDonald’s World’ where everywhere you go on this Planet you will find the same burger, same retail outlets, same consumer culture and same abuses. We are now in serious danger of allowing the Global Village we are headed towards to be shaped and destroyed by the corporate world, as they pursue their own narrow goals.

Life is too precious and so are we, for abuses of that scale to become a reality. We need new leadership that will again fight for the people.

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