Economy

Privatisation

The poem in the video from this Scriptonite “Open Letter to the PM” says:

They sold off all our railways, and they gave away our trains

It made some folks a lot of cash, but we just felt the pains

They sold off schools and hospitals, now police stations too

Things once owned by all of us, now owned by the likes of you

Who should own/control the services and resources that are necessary for supporting society? Services and resources for the provision of health, energy, transport, food, water, communication, shelter? The options are ownership/control by private corporations, the government, community or some mixture of the three.

Government in a democracy is supposed to represent the will and interest of the community of citizens but the case can be made that government in the UK (by all three main parties) represents the interests of private corporations rather than those of the community. If we think that there is a collusion between government and big corporations then we must see privatisation as theft. This article from opendemocracy.net alerts us to a government intention to privatise the National Health Service:

Trade talks quietly taking place between the US and the EU could see England’s NHS tied into a privatised model semi-permanently. Yet this deeply concerning backdrop to the Coalition’s deplorable NHS privatisation has received scant media attention. People must act.
 
When we say that the NHS is being denationalised and privatised, it means several things are happening. At the top, the Health Secretary no longer has a legal duty to provide a universal healthcare system. Regionally, there will be Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which will have to offer contracts to any willing provider, namely private companies. And every hospital trust will need to attain Foundation Trust status, making it an independent organisation responsible for its own financial wellbeing[1].

The article says ‘people must act’ but ‘people’ are not well informed and are not organised so we are being defrauded.

passion

National Debt

The news that the Swiss are juggling with the idea of granting everyone of their citizens a guaranteed £2800 a month income shows how different our culture is, it also emulates the past stories of how Iceland and other countries ousted the Rothschild-owned banks & IMF; allowing their people to take direct control over their prosperity, and ending the unnecessary culture of debt.
 
That’s what we plan to-do as a nation, when we get enough people behind the idea of a truly-democratic People’s Parliament.
 
We don’t aim to become another political party that falls into the damaged machine of Westminster; we aim to be the collective will of the entire nation, representing all walks of life, and not just one specific group.
 
Our first aim will be to pull all financial institutions in the country under FULL public ownership, and to reclaim the stolen finances of every taxpayer.
 
We will put an end to the culture & idea known as debt. Money has no real value, therefore debt is imaginary, and thus it holds no true power over us.
 
New ideas for prosperity will be encouraged, and will lead to structuring society based on a new paradigm where we support each other.
 
The idea of class will be erased as the population and the new People’s Parliament will become one and the same; the collective heart of the entire nation.
 
With the end of control over the economy, the global banks and corporations will no longer have the power nor influence to start wars, conduct genocide, nor create anymore famine etc.
 
Money will cease to be a controlling factor in the world.
 
Humanity will take preference, and will lead the nation (and eventually the world) into building a brighter and fairer future for all.

http://www.the-peoples-parliament.co.uk/#!policies/c196a

The People’s Parliament is worth looking into but what drew me to this passage was the line about the ‘unnecessary culture of debt’. I’d heard on the radio last night something about how the UK is more in debt per head of population that any other country. I thought it sounds dire but was left wondering what it meant. Economics upsets me but I need to look into it if I am to converse about politics with any semblance of credibility. There’s a cool interactive graphic on the BBC News website.

debtgraphicuk

This is worth comparing with the article on debt in the False Economy website. See also Economics Help. I want to look at these articles a bit more when I have time.

World Banker on Economic Shifts

Informative and succinct summary of how the world works and how it is changing. To be even more succinct what he is saying is that in the past the minority in the rich west had 80% of the world’s wealth but their share will reduce to 35% by 2050. Since the west has less that 20% of the world’s population that is something to celebrate as a human being but as a citizen in the west the implication is that we collectively have less because our share of the pie is smaller thus the ‘austerities’ which cannot change the situation but which acknowledge our ‘loss of means’. However there seems to be something missing from the story .. we have been given the horizontal but not the vertical. We also need to look at the distribution of wealth between the ultra rich, the middle class and the poor wherever they are and at making the shift along this axis.

Tarpley vs Jones

http://youtu.be/FRFwInTsxkk

Alex Jones interviews Webster Tarpley. Jones is a poor interviewer and derides a lot that Tarpley has to say, particularly Tarpley’s criticisms of Ron Paul; nevertheless Tarpley gets his points across.

Tarpley’s command of his subject and his intelligence are obvious. He is sharing his insight into what can be called ‘The Pattern’, the way that events connect to present a picture of a struggle between the 1% who dominate the political system in the west and those nations or alliances that stand in the way of the expansion of their dominance. Listening to him I feel I can begin to understand the pattern.