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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 ‘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