Divide and conquer – all over again…

I’ve not heard much about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s former president, especially since he left office.  However, he put so eloquently the reasons why conflict in the middle east seems perpetual, and to me to some degree, what is happening in the middle east must be like what happened in Africa hundreds of years ago… Divide and conquer, exploit the resources, maintain the “superiority” and dominance of an economic imperialist, and leave the people of those countries in confusion for years, decades, maybe centuries to come.

In the Al Jazeera interview, Ahmadinejad said that America’s economic model relies on war rather than co-operation and in order to preserve itself, it has to continually engage in war, and this vicious cycle is fuelled by its perpetual indebtedness to the American Federal Reserve System.

Having just watched Zeitgeist (although disagreeing on major points with the debunking of Christianity), I was struck by the whole tenor of Ahmadinejad’s argument, and how the manufacture of war and terror enslaves innocent people all over the world, in a system that seems to force us down a road of mistrust, division, hate and war.  It’s like a cruel zero sum game, where the winner, literally wants to take all, regardless of the cost to the innocent.

Dodd-Frank and the infamous Donald Trump hoodwink

If Donald Trump really wants to protect the rights of the average American Citizen, those “left behind”, the forgotten, then repealing the Dodd-Frank financial regulations will not help the issue.

Financial regulation curbs the excesses of big businesses that profit from leveraging their risks on the assets of poor people, and who suffer no loss when the financial bubbles the create come to a predictable end!

It’s always the taxes of the poor expressed through Government bailouts that gets these financial institutions out of trouble, leaving the public poorer, and the financial institutions in a state of conceited arrogance about the effects of the reckless profit seeking.

I don’t even think Donald Trump is really thinking of the poor, the American public has been hoodwinked again into more of the same old same old, boom and bust, the public pics up the bill, the rich get richer and in actual fact, it isn’t just the Dodd-Frank act that Donald Trump is running a “big number” on, but those that voted for him and believed he would bring real change.


2016 and the rise of nationalism

The way I see it, since the turn of the millennium, the biggest impact to the world and the way the majority of people live is caused by greed, maybe it has always been that way.

In 2007-2008 we the world was rocked by a financial crisis. Many people lost their homes and their lives were changed abruptly and significantly.  What happened to the bankers that caused that crisis due to risky financial practices? How many of those bankers went to prison or were punished? Many bankers get paid even more now than they did then, and the public has had to bear the cost in bailing out the failed financial practices of banks. Not very many bankers were punished for their risky practices.

Who is bailing out the public in our time of austerity? Did we (the public) cause the financial difficulties that we find ourselves in as a nation? Unfortunately there is no one to bail us out, and we didn’t cause this mess, except maybe by proxy – by letting bankers invest money to boost our economy, give us better returns on investments and boost our pension funds.  All these things can be done sustainably if managed carefully, often gaining modest returns as opposed to staggering gains.

The problem is, greed – we want more, we want it now, we want it to continue forever. We have a warped view of what is possible and sustainable, and our greed blinds us to the downside of the actions we take, sanction or even turn a blind eye to as a nation. Not only that, but we push under the carper our nationalistic and societal greed, and assign the blame to the situation we are into people who aren’t even guilty. Thus refugees and immigrants get the blame and as the 2016 Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump (not to mention the rise fo the far right in Europe) show, we seem to have, as a society broadly agreed that becoming more nationalistic and less tolerant of foreign people, the other, those who don’t belong will improve our situation.

The problem is, not only is that a false premise, but our system that exploits weaker countries, extracting their wealth through conquest or corporation, disrupting the lives of many people abroad through war, meddling in regional affairs, raping the land for resource and marginalizing the native inhabitants of the people who live there, is the very system that causes people to want to leave their countries and seek refuge of some kind where we are. It’s a double whammy, of “we can take what you own, but you will never get the crumbs at our table” or “what’s mine is mine and what’s your’s is mine” .

Give two families all they need to live, and they can co-exist without any relationship characterised by dependency. If one family were to exploit its neighbour and own its neighbours resources somehow, it wouldn’t be long before a relationship based on dependency is established.

In my eyes the rise of nationalism reflects not only the fact that we are blinded by our own greed, but we are falling away from the principles of the equality of all races and people. It also reflects the fact that our democracy is failing, because our democracy is essentially toothless and unjust. We have the power to vote, but as soon as a government gets into power, they make all the decisions on our behalf, even if it seems that the majority of people in the country do not agree with their decisions.

We’ve seen this in the Iraq War, and I wonder what would have happened if instead of the government almost unilaterally bailing out the banks which arguably led to this period of austerity, if they had put to the people what should happen in a vote.  Maybe we would have seen market volatility for years and the wealth of financial institutions disrupted while the state remained treasonably untouched. Maybe we could have avoided austerity, Brexit and the knee jerk reaction that foreigners are to blame for everything.

It could be the case that the real problem with the world is not that more countries aren’t democratic, but that the countries that are democratic do not practice a deep enough form of democracy to make that democracy truly effective. Greed corrupts democracy, and in a sense the two are at war, and what we are seeing is that the checks and balances that should exist in society to ensure justice and fairness are being eroded and silenced.  We have reached 2017, and now 8 people on the planet own as much wealth as 3.6 billion of the worlds inhabitants. Well, that is going to be the natural state for that hybrid leviathan of democracy and capitalism fueled by greed, a selfish union that devours under the pretence of equality, justice and freedom.

Negative Interest Petition

I’ve made a petition – will you sign it?

Click this link to sign the petition:

My petition:

A call for The Government ban banks from charging negative interest on deposits.

The Government’s relies on low interest rates to stimulate growth via Quantitative Easing. The Government’s plans have not worked for all. After Austerity and harsh cuts on public spending, The Government needs to protect people from being charged negative interest on their own money in the bank.

http://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/negative-interest-rates http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36889828 https://www.societegenerale.com/…/why-are-interest-rates-so… http://moneyweek.com/wp/hands-off-our-cash-petition

Click this link to sign the petition:

We bailed out the banks once before and that didn’t make any bankers take a pay cut, invest responsibly or think about a sustainable way to run our financial system. Why then do we now run the risk of having to pay again for The Government’s “cosying up” attitude to the banks and big business, that always makes poorer hard working people pay more and face a tougher time, while the rules are relaxed for the rich?

85 richest people on earth own half the world’s wealth

Money attracts money, so the saying goes. The rich get richer not only because money, influence and power are on their side, but also because our cultral aspirations are set on gaining wealth, property, goods and services. Wealth isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes we see that people who have wealth get away with doing things which those lacking in wealth can not, even to the extent that those who have the ability to increase society’s wealth (i.e. bankers) can mage huge losses which cost society, but can still be rewarded with bonuses even though they have failed to live up to the expectations society has for them. In these situations where wealth and the promise of wealh blind society to noble concepts like fairness and justice, I believe it is clear that society is corrupting itself and headed down a path to tyranny and greater injustice.

Oxfam has just published this artice and report.

characteristics of uk all governments

Two things you can always trust the government to do:

1: Undervalue the things which could earn the taxpayer money, things like The Royal Mail (Royal Mail Shares Undervalued)
2: Add huge amounts of tax to essential utilities, and manage to deflect the high cost of those utilities onto the companies that provide them (Energy Bill Breakdown)

So the governemnt loses us money and drives up the price of things we really need. I’m expecting to see a crew of politicians stealing food from my fridge next…