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ECONOMIC RAW FOOD FOR THE BRAIN
About a fortnight ago, a tearful young lady had put a message up on facebook complaining that she was tired of being disposable, that nobody had any feelings anymore and she did not feel that she could live like that.
I very quickly replied that her generation had been brought up for a transient existence because transience is good for the economy, and that if she expected to change anything, she was just going to have to rebel. She did not reply. A good example of this symptom of the Western economic disease is one of IKEA’s campaigns, which entreated the viewer to get divorced and buy some furniture. This is a fairly advanced gag for the European market, but an important one.
I am sure this phenomenon, of personal disposability and the need to continuously upgrade yourself, started during my generation or even earlier in the USA, but in the UK even people two years younger than me show a marked difference to people of my own age. The sublimation of cultural influence is so finely tuned now, that even 20 odd months make a difference. Where I got much the same post war creative children’s programming as my older peers, I noted as far back as the 1980s that colours in newer TV shows were more akin to sales signs and children were being discouraged from actually making anything in favour of showing off another purchase. I was met with dismay in the 1990s when I made a serious complaint to the BBC about it.
It is very sad, and very bad for fulfilling personal development that we are now training people to despise menial jobs and assume that the answer to all ills is to purchase happiness. It is equally sad to destroy the sense of commitment that, despite sacrificing a sense of day to day contentment, provided people with the stability required to move beyond Candy Crush Saga, to discuss more important things and perhaps volunteer to do something about them instead of assuming powerlessness. Being serious is now considered to be something undesirable and unattractive. People like this poor girl feel that their emotions are somehow unacceptable, and that feeling anything renders them worthless. Compare this with even fifty years ago, and you will see exactly how much you have been manipulated.
Post 90s babies may not even have access to people who remember when it was OK to have feelings and make lousy Valentine’s cards (or whatever else) for each other as it now seems to be desirable to throw the elderly into a care home. Boys are now deprived of the company of their fathers, fixing broken items or inventing new ones, because the traditional skill level has been depleted for the benefit of the Political Economic Paradise we are so fortunate to live in. Now they are supposed to jump into the second car and buy something new to keep somebody somewhere (else) in work. All so that your government can show you another couple of percent growth and keep you voting for them. You can also count yourself responsible for perpetual war and student loans, since these are also part of the economic machine that is running out of steam.
I, perversely, count myself lucky to be in a position to show you exactly how much you have been conned. Time is money – no, money is time, and time is worth a lot more than cash to you if you know how to use it effectively and have sufficient motivation to do something with it. Nobody is powerless, and nobody is worth more than you just because they are good at extracting cash from their employer or anybody else they do business with. Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise, stop comparing yourself to them and stop worrying about what people might say if you actually care about something. You may well surprise yourself.
[* YOU CREATED THE ONE PERCENT *]
As promised, here is your checklist for redirecting finance in a more positive direction. It is important for you to circulate it to as many people as possible to encourage them to do the same. You can do as little or as much as you choose, but the more people redirecting their lives away from feeding what is now a seriously malfunctioning machine the better. The 1 percent that everyone complains about only became the 1 percent because the 99 percent put them there.
My suggestion is that you do one thing at a time, so that you do not become bogged down with the details.
If you are in Europe, sign this /
Open an account with an ethical bank, again I have posted links to some of the banks which market themselves as ethical investors on the You will find them under the appropriate drop down menu. The reason I suggest this before doing anything else is because changing all your monthly payments over to a new account is a pain in the neck, and considering the other slightly more time consuming things I will be adding to this list, it is important that you start with this.
This means that you will be encouraging positive rather than negative investments from the banks that you choose to deal with. If we can encourage a swing towards ethical investment, it will influence the more mainstream banks to do the same. One person matters. One thousand people matter. One million people and we have actually achieved something. You matter. Open the account. If your country is not represented, find the bank in your country that invests ethically and add it to the website, please.
In the event that you hold savings, consider investing a little in a ‘lend with care’ or social capital project as you will achieve two things – first, the person you are lending to will not have to go to a bank and give them more business, and second, you will get a much better interest rate than the banks have been offering. Again, I have added links on the Better person project site, and if you find more, or better ones, you are free to add them without fear of my scraping your data, or whatever.
Stop shopping with large retailers such as supermarkets, ‘iconic’ brands etc. The big global fashion labels in particular, are owned by about 6 investment companies. Not that they are particularly evil investment companies, but if you wish to achieve an impact in terms of diversifying the market, you want to feed the smaller companies until they are in a position to compete.
Supermarkets are a menace, because you are lulled into giving them a proportion of your income every week, so one company benefits disproportionately by cutting costs or advertising more widely. This is easy for a raw foodist, because chances are if you are shopping in a supermarket, you are paying too much already. Non raw foodies will find it more difficult.
I completely understand as I sometimes do the shopping at 3am and Asda (Walmart) is the only one open, but if we are to start making a dent in this, it starts at home. Reducing your spend to the minimum and using your spending power to encourage competitors is key.
As a side effect, smaller retailers are frequently located in places where it is more practical to walk, and you may be able to use your car less.
Communications companies are just as outgrown. Investigate smaller companies who offer the same services that you currently enjoy. It is worth considering spending slightly more in order to grow a competing company, rather than get additional TV channels that you do not even watch thrown in as part of a deal to maintain the economic status quo with a company like Sky, Virgin or the equivalent.
It is a question of habit, and being aware that the price of convenience is the difference between being forced into a minimum wage job by a giant retailer, or opening a store yourself, if that is what makes you happy. Just as thinking before you eat makes a difference, so does thinking before you let a penny out of your wallet.
Bear in mind, if you choose to do this, that it was not entirely your fault that you were sucked into a situation where your government became powerless against the businesses that supported them. The original book goes into quite a lot of detail as to how it was done, and how people were weakened in the face of ultra convenience. I shall take a look at publishing the finished material, but for now – I think this is enough for us to be getting on with. If we can get around the time consuming problems associated with rechannelling our own money, it will make it much easier for the next wave of people that get on board.
EMPOWERMENT AND THE GARDEN ECONOMY
I may have to disappear for a week or two as I have a feeling Best Adventure Ever is about to burst forth. It is a far more complex book than or and deals with a lot of things at once. A more advanced reader will notice that they pick new things up the more times they return to the stories, some of it is only really intended for Wolfe. I basically write free books for an audience of one, with a giant side salad of entertainment for everyone else. I hope he appreciates this, I wouldn’t do this if I did not believe him to have the capacity to find gemstones on a pebble beach.
I don’t suppose it really matters, the work gets done, and it’s his loss if he doesn’t. In any case, all the Best Ever….Sam Redwood stories will always be free. They are gifts, intended to spark interest from readers at some future point in their lives if not right now.
Today I have been considering the matter of empowerment. Many motivational speakers like to talk about empowerment. In the event that you are a bit tired and browbeaten, depressed, middle-aged and underachieving, lazy or perhaps a tad dim, empowerment is a subject that you will fully appreciate. As something of an empowerment gourmet, very few of them think much about it beyond – the audience will like this, the audience will admire me for saying this, the audience will buy my empowerment course etc etc. You know the scene – Tony Robbins has probably a hundred or more members of staff doing mini empowerment courses all over the USA, as do many others.
So here is my empowerment for the bombast-hating and probably more intelligent rest of the motivation market. You matter, you matter, you matter. Stop assuming other people will do things for you, and that your participation doesn’t count. You dug yourselves into a hole, now it is time to look in the mirror, tell yourself that you count, and dig yourselves back out of it again. Nobody can do it for you!
Very technical, isn’t it? Yes, your last hundred dollars/pounds/million yen matter. Open your ethical or SRI bank or building society account now, so that when it is operational, you can transfer your wages or income into it. Prepare for changing your broadband/tv/telephone account by collecting the relevant information and STOP GOING TO THE SUPERMARKET ALREADY! If you are desperate for the latest Prada, look for it on Ebay instead. Consider if you will still want it next season. If the answer is no, then you don’t need it and would be better off spending your time finding a chic new designer item nobody else knows about.
I updated the information on Better Person Project for the UK last night, and will take another look at the slightly more complicated USA this evening. I am ashamed to say that had not looked at it in quite a long time as I had been fighting off my Wolfitis over the winter and spending too much time with the worst-eater-in-the-world Twisty. This stops now. I will just have to drown myself in work instead. All because somebody somewhere decided that I did not matter – you see how this works? Telling people that they do not matter disempowers them, and then they do nothing and try to compensate in other ways.
So, repeat after me, I matter, and I am now going to make a difference. Enjoy whatever beverage comes to hand, and start making plans to redirect your money away from the conventional routes. It’s not only important for you, it’s important for your future, and your potential children’s future. There is no future economic plan that justifies the world’s wealth going into so few hands.
Feed the saplings, cut down the old trees. The economy works much the same way as a garden. If you persist in feeding only the established forest, the old trees will still fall down but nothing will grow. DO IT NOW!
THE TRUE COST OF CELEBRITY
Piers Morgan, Tony Blair, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Gordon Brown, JK Rowling, Eddie Izzard.
These names alone will ensure that this blog entry will be read by several new readers.
The reason for this is much the same reason that people used to read tabloid newspapers. They want to be shocked by something that doesn’t actually affect them at all.
Yesterday, Nicki Minaj’s many complaints about Anaconda not being given an award, despite her having followed some formula that she had seen in Marie Claire about nudity in pop videos, were very, very significant on Twitter, aided and abetted by Piers Morgan’s counter complaint that she had not realised how terribly important his children were once upon a long, long time ago.
May I remind you that none of the people in the first row of this article wish you well, or intend to promote you or your work in any way. They are just generating publicity to line their own pockets.
It used to be referred to as being a ‘lickspittle‘, back when the general population still had a decent education. You are welcome to look this up. They distract you from the truth, so that you continue with your lives and do not take any action to better or help yourselves. ‘Spokespeople for the establishment,’ who would like to make sure that everything stays the same.
Anaconda was not a particularly bad video, indeed for a song which must have taken Nicki Minaj all of 20 minutes to write, I am sure she put a great deal of work into it. Her public image, only partially derived from that of Lil Kim, is, I am sure, positive for many people who think that buying makeup and clothes will somehow lead to a better life for all youth, not just the outraged black youth that were so keen to avoid reading Piers Morgan’s article yesterday, branding him a racist. He probably is a racist, but that is not what his article was about, and it does not matter what you think, as long as you are sufficiently aroused to notice his name when you see it.
Do not be deceived, Piers Morgan is trying to revive his profile in America, because he would like to be on TV. We in the UK, as with Russell Brand, are delighted to oblige you with as many annoying celebrities as you care to pay. Nicki Minaj is complaining for your attention, Taylor Swift, the current darling of the establishment, already has it.
Meanwhile in the UK, we have the same sort of illusion in politics. Tony Blair is pretending to care about the Labour leader election, because he wants a right-wing acolyte party that closely resembles the Conservatives. He also wants to distract you from his charging 330,000GBP for appearing at an event for world hunger. Tony, as you can see, cares about you, and you should listen to every word he says, as he takes every self-advantageous opportunity that comes his way.
Gordon Brown, a man now so hated in Scotland that he dare not stand in his own constituency, also thinks he will up his after-dinner speech fee by pretending to come out of retirement to save the Labour Party, a Party so hamstrung by the cult of personality that nobody can make a decision until someone else tells them to.
Even well established authors are not immune from this famewhore behaviour. J. K. Rowling, an English author who chose to live in Scotland, invested heavily in trying to sway the Scottish referendum. Since then, she has continuously complained that she is not liked in Scotland. She has had many column inches, varying from how great she is on Twitter, to, em, how great she is on Twitter. She has done very well with her spare million, in terms of column inches, and potential placement on the honours list.Eddie Izzard, a rather faded star these days, also felt that Scotland was a good publicity opportunity, and so he and a few media friends came up to support Jim Murphy, a politician so dreadful that he tried to associate himself with a can of Irn Bru during his campaign. Because Scottish voters are clearly stupid according to Jim. Are we clear on this yet?
THESE PEOPLE DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU AT ALL.
They do not care about your life, they do not care about politics, they do not care about bettering the world, they do not care what happens after they die. They are not lofty, special beings. They are here to make money and get ahead. They do not care.
Almost all the news is just a distraction to make you think you are keeping in touch with reality. You aren’t. Let me give you an example:
During Gordon Brown’s term, a news programme came on TV. Two stories were of note.
1. Children of women who stay at home do better at school.
2. Chinese people rescuing baby pandas from a flood.
Ah, I said, There aren’t enough jobs for everyone, and Gordon Brown has signed something for the UK to do business with China.
I went out, got into my car, put on Radio 4. The news came on, the first two stories were:
1. Unemployment has increased, and several thousand more jobs are to be lost shortly.
2. Gordon Brown has signed a deal with China.
This is reality. There is no them and us. There is you, and then there is the power hungry fool you voted for, bought a newspaper from, or bought music from. You need to take your wallet and give it a long hard stare.
As I have been telling you, it is all a distraction. The only person who can really change the world is you. Yes, all of you. Each of you. If anyone were to stop and think about an ideal world, this would not be it.
IMMIGRATION AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
Tonight, I witnessed a rather trashy piece of BBC programming about the far right group Britain First, who have 933k followers on Facebook. They have 933k followers because they circulated a lot of soft and cuddly pictures of babies and kittens in their early days, and because many people in Britain are concerned about multiculturalism. The tweets on this topic have been fascinating.
Thankfully, Britain is quite far past its empire building phase, and has handed most of its acquisitions back to their rightful owners, also successfully negotiating favourable relationships with many, on both sides. The military relationship with the USA in its empire building phase, is, in my view a mistake which has eroded the UK’s reputation abroad enormously. The public are footing the bill for enormous defence spending, for a cause which benefits a far richer country. You cannot really be British and anti-war, since defence income and expenditure overall constitutes a rather large proportion of our GDP. War has become an economic exchange X number of lives for Y percentage increase in income due to international deals we are never informed about as members of the public, funding a limited number of defence producers and associated business.
Although Britain seems to have a strong sense of culture, the reality is very different. Scotland is a vastly different country from England, for example, and Wales and Northern Ireland also have very different views on everything from immigration, militarism, our relationships with Europe and the USA. It is for this reason that Britain First, really ought to be called England First, since the idea of our being a Christian country with basic common values appears rather alien in Scotland. Scottish people are very factional, we love arguing, and the idea of us all having the same values is somewhat laughable since our internal history involves us feeding each other excellent dinners and then brawling over some imaginary slight. We fight a lot, and then laugh a lot, making us excellent candidates for cannon fodder for the English masters in a military situation.
Having said this, people that I know, living only ten minutes down the road from me, are also concerned about multiculturalism. The local area that they live in has always been home to immigrants, but the proportion of immigrants has risen to more than 40%, with the local social housing being allocated at a rate of 27%. Scottish culture is so strong, and so fractious, that it is probably a good thing that our local council was so keen to attract the funding that goes with these immigrants, since they are treated far better here and it is a lot easier to integrate. Having said this, the influx of new inhabitants has put rather a lengthy strain on an area which also has a higher proportion of alcohol and drug hostels than the rest of the city. This melting pot has resulted in an area which is now dangerous at night, and on my last visit, walking down a main road in broad daylight resulted in a spot of mild sexual assault.
From a sociological perspective, racism is caused by concentrating immigrants in such areas. New residents often have little money, are not property owners and are placed in often poorly kept rented property. This leads the people in the lower income brackets to perceive them as competition for limited resources, who do not keep their properties well and generally drag down an area. This is not a new thing, and from the data I have looked at, is fairly common to any newly formed community of competing interests.
Britain First would like this to become a nationwide view. It would be a lot smarter of them if they examined what is happening across Europe, rather than relying on an antiquated idea that ‘we don’t want your sort here.’ As someone who specialised in ethnic minorities in my former employment, I can tell you that immigrants are, in fact a form of respectable poor, brought in to sustain benefits and mask the ineffectiveness of the minimum wage by being forced into employment situations that the native long term unemployed would be shocked by. And yet they manage, because all those scruffy shops that the locals complain about make sure these people can still eat. One group that I interviewed, were working for less than most people spend on football shirts and Sky TV, still managing to send money home, and sleeping four to a room. Employed by their landlord/uncle, they were also socially isolated by the hours they worked, meaning that it was news to them that this was not how most people live in Scotland. It is by no means an easy decision to make, to leave your country and head for another to start again.
The real problem is that the systems put in place, and explanations given to people as to why these people are coming, are somewhat lacking and open to exploitation by local government, quangos and ‘charities’ alike, creating even more resentment from the struggling locals. The streets are not paved with gold, instead the streets hide the underground economy, which does not pay well but maintains everyone else’s pensions whilst breeding the next generation of natives.
So much for the micro view, the macro view seems to be that we are rapidly headed for a one world government, dictated to by large companies, requiring a cheap labour force. This means that the entire structure of political economy itself is under reconstruction. TISA TPP and TTIP are the first steps towards this, which is why we should be concerned.
Join the dots – cultural dilution through mass immigration weakens the sense of community, making it much easier to make massive changes to the global economy without much resistance. Mass immigration is likely to cause the public to swing to the right, making it easier for business to influence government. Giving large business interests carte blanche to legally force us to do their bidding, however much they try to mask it as regulation to somehow benefit us, is a really really bad idea, which we enable when we decide that we really do not like immigration and vote to the right.
As I have been saying, spending your money with big businesses is also a bad idea, because you are paying for your own destruction, not only in terms of opportunities for self employment, as the barriers to entry will swiftly follow the ‘super-regulation’ they are introducing; Health will be dictated by pharmaceutical companies, the food you eat dictated by large manufacturers and chemical/GMO company interests, so unless you take up a fresh diet of premium quality food, the products on offer will be available from the same six or so companies you probably buy 80% of your shopping from right now.
The idea of us embracing diversity becomes rather laughable when you consider the lack of diversity our collective futures hold in the hands of the interests of a very few, very rich people. It all comes down to the same thing – You created the one percent, and very soon you will not be able to destroy it, unless you decide to take action by protesting your nation’s trade deals and redirecting your money away from the real villans; defence manufacturers, chemical, pharmaceutical, big brand manufacturers of food, retailers who support the exploitation of people who would really rather live in their own country, thanks all the same.
Forget immigration as being the problem – division is the problem. The one percent are rubbing their bellies, smoking their cigars and imagining that you cannot see the wood for the trees. Getting sucked into a culture of mutual blame and division about immigration will definitely not save you. Waking up and doing something about the political economy that you vote for, the money you spend and your attitude to the person standing next to you might.
THE BRITISH CLASS SYSTEM IS UNEMPLOYED
As someeone who studied eleven centuries of international economic history in the course of my reading, I am a bit of a fan of feudalism. Feudalism is under-rated. On a good day, feudalism works a lot better than capitalism.
Contentious, qui moi?
It may surprise you to learn that after the Black Death, when many villages and feudal settlements were empty as a result of the deaths of the occupants, the contents of the cottages revealed, in many places, a far higher standard of living than expected.
Ask an unemployed urban dweller now whether they would feel hard done by with their own rabbit warren, space for a cow and some hens, hand me down crystal, clothing and metalware from the ‘big house’, a four day working week for the local lord, followed by a day for the church to cover education and medical treatment for the family, their wives doing cottage-based piece work for the travelling merchants, and they will admit that our marvellous capitalist system is not treating them particularly well compared with medieval peasants. Capitalism and socialism are mutually dependent. If you believe otherwise, you are being conned.
The difference with feudalism and the reason that it could not be sustained, was that it was based on the availability of land, which is why the British strove so hard to acquire quite so much of it. The British class system, complete with privilege, horse skills, hunting etc was set up for exploration, not industrialisation. Given a chunk of uncharted territory, your average toff was able to feed his workers, organise them to build shelter, reroute rivers and eventually plan out a wider agricultural and transport strategy thanks to their having been given land to manage over several generations, something I touched on in Best Scandal Ever.
Now, of course, there are far too many people for us to benefit from a feudal system with a local landowner to blame if things go wrong. In the event that the reformation had not happened as a result of urbanisation, the catholic peasantry would have been starved and tithed out of this formerly comfortable life. The British class system, which worked so well for the Georgian and Victorian explorers and their military-imperialist tendencies, has now been reduced to a small number of corrupt individuals who, rather than believing in duty, the preservation of land, and the glory of the nation, now believe in reducing those who do not benefit from capitalism to criminal behaviour in order to survive. Instead of national pride, we have a system which supports contempt for the poor and disabled, offering benefits to cronies in the fields of banking, weapons manufacture, construction and of course, the politicians who ensure that their instructions are carried out.
What happened then, to the idea of ‘things being better when gentlemen were in charge,’ a cry uttered by my neighbour within my lifetime. When the gentlemen were in charge of my city, they dutifully gifted their estates on death to become parks. Can anyone imagine George Osborne gifting his wealth to anyone? I have met some of the older members of David Cameron’s family, and whilst they would not gift their wealth, they certainly donated quite a proportion of their property for the benefit of the military during World War 2 and had a sense of humility whilst doing it. I cannot imagine the same can be said for the Head Prefect, who spends his time whining to his local council whilst recommending that the rest of us get fracked.
So why retain faith in the Great British machine, when the Great British machine no longer works? Clearly the answer is to remove cronies, whether they be Tories, sustaining each other’s family businesses by promoting war, forgiving banker’s errors, indulging in not-so-secret talks with corporate lobbyists before promoting policies that serve only themselves? In the meantime, they feign caring by retaining some of the worst Labour policies. Labour, as a party, is all but dead, they wait to be told what to think. Consensus, as I have always said, is not a healthy or progressive state of affairs for any party, nor is attempting to centralise a country that cannot, and should not, be centralised, particularly not for the benefit of London, at the expense of the entire UK.
Honesty, in addition to duty, have gone out of fashion, unfortunately at a time when we are more aware than ever before exactly how many lies, and how many mistakes, we are at the mercy of. Is it not time that we took some initiative to get our country back on track? We used to be great, not a puppet sideshow, whispering in the ear of the USA to scrape a few arms sales to line the pockets of a few more fat cats, smoking in the private member’s club right next to your politicians.
LEARNING FROM IDIOTS
The recent use of idiocy in the USA to keep Donald Trump in the media, and overspill back in Scotland, is not the only thing which has caused me to ponder the value of being an idiot. Given that in terms of my emotional attachment to Wolfe, I too am a kind of professional idiot, I am now pondering the value of idiocy.
Trump has taken some minor financial hits in the last couple of days, Oman and Scotland have reported third party business losses as a result of his shameless self promotion and moronic self-regard. I wonder if he calculates this on a profit/loss basis? For a person hailed as a business expert, if he has not done this, then perhaps he makes his living shooting his mouth off and having other people use the convenient pun of his name for their own purposes. It would make more sense if people were looking at each other across the boardroom table, rolling their eyes and signing away fortunes on the basis of having the word Trump on the side of a building.
The spectacular headline that Trump would have made more money doing nothing, makes me think that running your mouth is an outstandingly popular activity in the idiocracy that is the USA. Certainly the examples we are shown here in the UK indicate that the American rich are similar to the lower middle classes, in terms of the glorification of self interest and lack of perceived duty and humility, something which I have always felt made us much stronger as a nation in the UK.
Recently, of course, we in the UK have taken to inviting foreign money to bolster the luxury market and conceal the fact that economically speaking, our government does not even remember the simple economic principles of Maggie Thatcher. Yes, she dictated that it was a good idea to kill off unsustainable nationalised industry, but nobody in the current government seems to have put this together with encouraging small to medium sized business, proportionately enormous employers, with enhancements to investibility and encouragement of the general population to risk everything replanting the economic garden by starting small businesses.
Perhaps we should have a Chancellor that can count, with a memory of thirty years ago so that he does not miss this crucial detail. Instead he is starving the poor in order to fund crappy and equally corrupt Labour PFI policy damage and fund his cronies in the defence industry, whilst everyone apparently sits at home and wonders why their respective riots are not reported on the media. We in Scotland are well aware that the media is suppressing information from little England. For the benefit of the terminally stupid Conservative voters, sitting in their ‘Alright Union Jack’ properties – try looking up DEMONSTRATION SUPPRESSED BY THE MEDIA and you will find a list of unreported action by students, anti-war protesters, people protesting the starvation of the disabled. We are being treated just as badly as the Americans in terms of the assumption that we are all too stupid to care that we are led by people too knuckle-draggingly dumb to be allowed out of the cocaine room at the private members club.
At this point in my life I am of the opinion that we should take this as a sign that no matter our history or our previous lack of confidence and motivation, we should take matters into our own hands. We need to find ways around the problem in terms of making use of things like crowdfunding, social capital and our own good ideas to regrow our own gardens. If you have harboured even the shred of a dream, have a look at how to make it work on a basis that the silly boys in Westminster cannot interfere with.
Likewise, my inability to make love work for me, no matter how much work I pour into expressing myself, should tell me that love is just not for me. I should give up on drilling my way through a shell of self protective superficiality and forget that Wolfe is actually a perfectly functioning and rather frightened person wrapped up in a blanket of bullshit. I should move on to someone that presents a facade of emotional competence, and wait for the inevitable conclusion that nobody knows what they are doing and it is all futile. I should not waste my time recovering from bad experiences, instead being aware that life is short, and since there is no actual truth, I might as well role play my way through the traditional markers of age and time. I should not make any effort to communicate. I should make distinctions between global politics and the vagaries of my own emotion. I certainly should not mix the topics, in case I confuse people determined to sleep their way through life and put full stops on it where none exist.
Perhaps what we should learn from idiocy, is that all progress is futile, because sooner or later, someone who prioritised money or power over knowledge decided that we just don’t matter. Nothing matters at all in fact, apart from making sure that we get more jelly beans from life than the idiot next to us.
ALL THAT ECO FAIR TRADE BULLSHIT
As those curious enough to bother investigating will know, I am;
pro natural health (on a civil liberty basis)
pro ethical business (even pretending is a step forward)
pro social capital (on an neo-socialist basis)
pro nationalism (on an anti USA dominated globalism basis)
pro diversity (on the basis of leaving people alone unless they attempt to interfere with your life)
pro action on climate change (this ought to be obvious unless you are demented)
Unlike most people, my confinement at home due to my caring responsibilities means that I have some limited time to actually find out before making decisions on such things. My vision for the future is of individuals investing in developing nations from their own pockets. Setting up a rural business in Africa obviously requires significantly scaled down investment on setting up a business in central London, which is apparently how our delusional spoilt brat government in the UK thinks.
A chance conversation with a nice chap from Yorkshire on Twitter today alerted me to the fact that most people do not realise why they are under threat of being fracked. It is part of the war effort and strategy for the period after conflict, when Saudi, the USA, and to a more limited extent European countries including the UK will divide the spoils in terms of contracts issued to rebuild countries such as Syria and Lybia. To achieve this, puppet regimes will be put in place in much the same way as they have been put in place in the Ukraine, Iraq and Lybia.
Oil prices are artificially low at the moment. There is no actual glut. Sensible countries should be withholding their reserves for the future, but the few individuals that benefit from defence spending, loans taken out by people maintaining appearances, inflicting poverty (which affects the rest of us by causing a proportion of the population to take up a life of crime eventually) on the lowest income brackets and new immigrants alike, are making sure that no reserves are held. This is to ensure that the nation funds the biggest economic heist in history. As I have explained in several previous posts, your only chance is to redirect your money.
I have already suggested that you move your money to ethical banks, who do not invest in fossil fuels, defence producers, GMO and chemicals. I have suggested that you avoid chain supermarkets. I have suggested that you feed the smaller companies to encourage competition in the fields of media, finance, food, chemicals and health.
Today’s conversation indicated that most people do not have sufficient knowledge or interest to investigate reducing their reliance on fossil fuels. As this is rather central to our current political situation, I shall now endeavour to explain the very real conspiracy you enable when you vote either Tory or (new)Labour, both end up with the same global result, in slightly different ways.
When I was still interviewing, it became apparent over several years that gas prices continuously went up. When I investigated why, it was said that Russia was the main supplier to Europe, with some supplies coming from the Middle East.
We all know how hysterical the USA are about Russia. They seem very fond of Saudi, however. My Hindu friends hypothesize that Saudi has bought some favours, meaning that we are taught endless tolerance even as people fall victim to attacks which probably would not happen if we were not incessantly helping the USA with their encirclement policy against Putin. Now we are also being asked to tolerate armed American guards in our airports.
Fracking is supposed to be accepted without question. If pushed, they will probably tell you that it is part of the war effort, since Canadian and American fracking is lowering the price of gas. In the UK, the Tories are keen to exploit our rather fragile country in order to produce even more. This is not to benefit the consumer at all, since once America installs a puppet state in the countries we are currently destroying, the preferred fossil fuel suppliers will move into those countries, making fracking the UK a luxury that will no longer be necessary. Granting permission to do it, however, means that the same people who benefit from war, benefit from fracking your country when the war is over during the rebuilding process. Therefore relying on gas, is effectively supporting endless austerity and perpetual war.
For this reason, five years ago I installed an air to water heat pump and system in the family pile. This has saved us 66 percent on our huge fuel bills, and means that a 14 room house costs slightly less to heat with our constant hot water than my friends 2 bedroom flat costs to heat with gas. The system paid for itself two years ago in terms of outlay, and we are not supporting the corrupt and outdated fossil fuel business. I am not quite brave enough to switch to an electric car yet, but I will be doing this also, when I am satisfied that I will still be able to drive all over Scotland without mishap.
Not for the first time, this story has been divided into parts, to make sure you are confused, and to make sure that you can only be bothered about one bit at a time. ‘Anti frackers, anti science’, in much the same way as they have waged war on the alternative health ‘problem’. This is in anticipation of TTIP TIPP and TISA. Europe and the Asean countries are expected to play along with American corporate dominance, bought with borrowed American cash. (from China, who are laughing their heads off)
Likewise, it is relatively simple in America to present the argument as ‘Anti-war, anti-Jesus.’ We in Europe are not so simple, so instead we get some nice frictional immigration to foster a shift to the political right. Your nervousness about immigration is likely to confuse you into supporting the welfare budget being spent on bombs from the Cameron friends and family. The media has helped by doing a marvellous job on persuading you that poor people really do deserve to starve, so it is fine that thousands of disabled people die because of the policies of the poorly educated Ian Duncan Smith. Add to this, the cheeky Jocks wanting to take your fossil fuel supply away, and we have a perfect storm of confusion.
The consequences of you falling for this, staying in a state of ignorance, believing that as long as you are in the home counties or London, paying your way in your relatively safe job, getting the rest of the UK to fund as many bridges and roads as Boris could wish for, is that your country is being set up to be sold to the USA hook, line and sinker, with the proceeds going to a very few already rich people.
Voting labour in its former form, simply meant the proceeds would go to alternative already rich people. Under Corbyn, there is some hope that the structure of corruption changes somewhat, but not completely. As I have said before, socialism and capitalism are mutually dependent. Endless liberalism is not desirable either, since it simply leads to people being confused into agreeing to a different package of corruption.
So, in addition to my entreaties to move your money, to stop supporting large lobbyists, to encourage competition from smaller and more honest players, I now ask you to consider investigating ecological, therefore moneysaving ways of reducing your personal reliance on fossil fuels. You support war and corruption to a degree beyond that of even the most hardened junkie. There are many reasonably priced alternatives – solar, wind, groundsource heat pumps, air to water heat pumps. The government would have you believe that this does not matter, despite European emissions targets. Remember the day Gordon Brown signed us up to them, simultaneously ordering two more coal fired power stations? That is the level of stupidity and corruption we the public are up against.
You need to change your habits now. Repeat after me,
We are not American, and we will not be conned any more.
YOU WILL SPEND YOUR MONEY ON….
This is the time of year when you have just slightly overspent on your family and friends, and socialising in the event that you have employment and suitable friends/colleagues. You will now be considering diet products, as you will seek to lose weight for your forthcoming holidays, which are traditionally planned at this time of year. In the event that you have the time and inclination, you will also be considering a New Year’s resolution, which may also cost you money. After the debauchery season, comes the austerity season.
Your spending is highly regulated by media influence throughout the year. This is much the same whatever your income bracket. It is a skillfully managed machine that has become finely tuned over the last three centuries or so, since the rise of the department store and initial increase in marketing budgets that led us to where we are today.
It is alarming, when you are unused to it or know how the system of manipulation works, how smoothly you are induced to slip into a state where you are easily induced to spend with the herd. Your diet is as relevant to this as any other part of it. Take out the traditional food, socialising, willingness to conform and you quickly realise how often, and how fully you are lied to in the course of the year.
I used to wonder why people would want a holiday every year, because I loved work so much. Now that I am ‘on duty’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week I actually need a holiday once or twice a year, in line with those who chose to have children or who have been trapped in a particularly tedious job and lifestyle by circumstance. Most things that people in the west want are actually social constructs to make someone else a living.
Once you accept this, and try swimming against the tide somewhat, you will discover just how fast the streaming goes. In my lifetime we have gone from 20 year spending phases of life to 5 or less. It used to be that you had the childhood phase, the disposable income phase, the young family phase, the mature family phase, the post family phase. Now we have more individualistic phases to extract the cash from a wider range of people. Computers and gadgets have caused a proportion of the population to genuinely believe that they need the latest phone/social media/computer/game/movie, and they need it now. To fund this, they need a ready supply of fairly meaningless and unfulfilling work, and during the course of this they need to lie, agree to say nothing about things they don’t agree with, or pretend to like someone who really is not at all admirable. The age of the role model, and the age of integrity have gone in favour of the great Capitalist con.
The irony is that our national economies performed much better when we favoured honesty and were shown examples of heroic rebellion. Saying yes to people we have no respect for, on the grounds that they have a nicer suit or car, is what led to the economic crash. Banks and supersized companies alike, favour the cheating robot over the honest and devoted employee. This is not healthy. The Western economies fully deserve the downfall they will suffer in the next century or so as a result. Sooner or later, command capitalism or simply a well educated, well motivated developing nation who admire progress will eat us all alive, unless we learn how to look back and learn.
As individuals, we need to learn to swim against the tide. Every time a stupid acquaintance remarks on our old car or clothes we should learn to righteously sneer at their frivolity and congratulate ourselves at avoiding the great capitalist con that keeps them in debt. There is no actual joy to be gained from being endlessly available or engaged in pursuits that are simply designed to drain our finances into someone else’s pocket.
It is important to remember that the multiplier effect only goes so far. We in the West dropped the idea of real money some years ago, in favour of virtual money that moves as a number without any currency to back it up.
Be ahead of the game, rather than sorry at the end of it. Any economic growth they report now is directly at the expense of another nation, students or sectors of society that you are told to hate, for a variety of increasingly spurious reasons. Hate the fat, hate the elderly, hate the disabled in relation to the welfare bill or the NHS. Hate the Muslims whilst we destroy their countries for yet more gain. Hate whoever they tell you to hate, but do not be deceived that it has anything to do with anything apart from the money.
CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM AND CORPORATISM
The Resist Capitalism hashtag on Twitter has made me laugh for a variety of non-funny reasons. It amuses me that there is a backlash to an efficient brainwashing system that has led us to the point we are at today. If you care to go through some of the old economics articles from the cloud on this very blog, you will see that it is a topic close to my heart.
Having said this, the level of economic education displayed by some of the tweeters is woeful. Here is a brief line-drawing of how the economy developed from the cave until today.
First there were cave dwellers, who survived by hunting and gathering. As Hobbes said, life without cooperation was nasty, brutish and short, and large prey was difficult to catch without assistance. Therefore caveman A either killed caveman B, or grunted at him to assist him in bringing home the bison.
Cavewoman A and Cavewoman B were not much better, but survived marginally longer if someone was there when they gave birth. Hence humans learned to cooperate over simple tasks like not starving to death, drowning, being killed by animals or dying in childbirth.
As territories are finite when you are on foot, the local economy at this point was somewhat small and uncultivated, and so no permanent leader was necessary until more cavepeople joined the first few. At this point people assumed tribal roles.
Once we have a defined territory and tribal roles, cultivation becomes possible, leading to a pre-feudal scenario where division of labour reflects division of wealth.
The leader, picked by the tribe and thereafter either inheriting or taking the leadership role, makes decisions such as who wins the argument, when to fight other tribes, and what to show and tell visiting strangers. Therefore if anyone innovates, it makes sense to present the innovation to the leader, since he/she is more likely to figure out what the innovation is worth and how to go about maximising the benefit. Therefore, a pre-feudal scenario, whilst something of a wolfpack, is still vaguely fair, since there is an element of democracy simply by the fact nobody is volunteering to overthrow the leader.
As cultivation and toolmaking progresses, the economy develops into a feudal economy, and the innovations and quality of produce goes up. In theory, and in many cases in practise, wealth trickles down fairly readily to the cooperative peasants, since if it doesn’t the local, land based economic machine is very easy to stop if everyone agrees, forcing the feudal leader to capitulate to whatever the cooperative peasant workers want.
As this scenario develops, a smart leader uses people against one another and forms a militia, to protect the land holdings and maintain order. Maintaining the peace and an effective military force is made much easier if you have an organised religion to add to the mix. Nobody would have heard of Jesus or Mohammed if their armies had not kicked ass in the face of paganism or less well armed militia. Organised religion also provides a rudimentary education, healthcare and local orphanage services, and networks across Europe to share information in order to develop more efficient baby economic systems.
Cottage industry is really started with wives of useful sturdy peasants making yarn and textiles from home, travelling merchants paying for the items they produce, in order to keep them alive between payments from the leader, who is now considered to be a member of the landowning classes, due to his experience and violence in the course of time. Leaders of leaders are now selected, to enable several local economies to join forces to expand. Successful areas become richer, hold markets and pageants to show off their wares, and further benefits are enjoyed by the leader/landowner, who by now believes he has a given right to more than everyone else.
Cottage industries, gathering raw materials from the merchants rather than the landowners, become bigger with time, and gradually mechanise until townships form around bigger working units. Urbanisation commences, with supporting services such as gambling houses and brothels. Spare children from the original rural populations now go to the growing towns. At this point there is a need for the beginning of socialism, since a purer capitalist system is developing. As you can see, Socialism is simply the cooperative peasant workers reminding the leader/landowner/merchants/factory investors that since they cannot survive without the workers, the workers should be fairly treated.
Do you get it, yet? It is not, as you seem to have been told, a question of capitalism versus socialism. It is capitalism regulated by socialism, and rightly so. Problems with socialism arise when it becomes more complicated, and people forget that the entire system arose in the first place for everyone’s survival and not necessarily competition between competing interests of rich and poor. In no way should it be considered OK to starve out your supplying nations just because you can, or allow industry leaders to dictate when you go to war. Economic history is full of examples of the money dictating the mores of religion and nationalism. Never mind the war, look what the money is doing.
Another alarming feature of the twitter hashtag was the number of people who seemed to think that they were being presumptuous to discuss this. You have the time and the privilege of thinking about it. Unless you come from a fascist corporatist state, which many of you do, there is no reason why you cannot discuss alternatives to capitalism. However, it is not capitalism you should be resisting. It is corporatism. Corporatism is the road to a very real hell on earth, and it is reaching critical mass in Europe and the USA. All that GM pollen is rotting your brains.
Capitalism, on the other hand, is your democratic way of reversing the pickle we are all already in. Instead of handing your money to the same people every day, assuming that you are getting a better deal on your Iphone, tablet, broadband supplier, supermarket, bank, etc. you really ought to be considering who benefits. The only people who can stop the rich getting richer are you, the masses, and you do it by voting with your wallets.
Spend your money with wisdom. Stop supporting gargantuan companies that you know perfectly well tell your governments what, when and how to act. Stop supporting whore-politicians espousing the lies of corporatism, and stop assuming money means talent or wisdom, because it does not. Use less chemicals, and don’t think anyone genuinely cares about your new mobile or clothing, because these things do not matter as much as your fellow humans or descendants.
Ina Disguise is the pen name of a former research worker, industrial explorer and general polymath, who dedicates her entire workload to David Wolfe, health guru, a source of tremendous annoyance to him, and tremendous amusement for her. You will find her blog, updated two to three times a week on her website alongside her artwork and fiction publications, many of which are also free. http://inadisguise.com/
Unpopular blogging is an homage to Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell. Although by no means as weighty, Ina uses her filter of rationality and logic to expose the bones behind the flesh of modern life. Ina will be continuing her unpopular blogging for some time to come, but here is a selection of postings so far for you to enjoy and consider. Amusing, conversational and often heartfelt, this book may change the way you think about media manipulation, economics and the acquisitive nature of life in today's political economies.