The Scottish Stalemate. Part 3
written by Crinkly and Ragged Arsed Philosphers
The Swell of the Peoples Sovereignty
“We are too wee, too insignificant; even as a Nation, to feature in the world’s balance sheet?”
That may well be true in the world as it is today but as anybody who’s ever been in business will tell you and the crash of 2008 has exposed, balance sheets are often a poor measure of the values, let alone the worth, of the business to which they refer.
I mention this because the measures listed will not be restricted to the cabal of Westminster and Whitehall. To class the adversary as the ‘establishment’ without giving some definition, no matter how crude or imprecise, means we’re attacking effects while ignoring the cause.
I believe the democratic process of all the Western World is being systematically drawn into a position of degradation to where the institutions of governance are no more than human resource (horrible term, but indicative) controllers for the global manipulators. The US as the forge for this process has already lost any claim to being a meaningful democracy as underlined by 33% of its population being below the poverty line. The EU is a cabal of unknowns, who I suspect are placemen for the global manipulators; who have, through the connivance of creating the biggest pretendy parliament in the world, turned democracy into a farce. Meantime the UK, by trying to keep a foot in both camps while it’s in leg irons, and having sold the family jewels thirty years ago, is now selling (or at least pawning) the family as a going concern incorporating a pliant easily controlled work force as a sales pitch.
How has this happened? Easy, our democratic representatives and administrators have taken their eyes off the democratic ball to become the stewards of a wealth based meritocracy. Either that or they’re incompetent or corrupt, or incompetently corrupt. (To save some time I would recommend Ian Bells article 21st Nov – Herald Scotland: Why don’t we tax the rich? It contains some interesting figures and comparisons, if figures of this magnitude can ever be believed.)
Do I believe this was part of a cunning plan? Absolutely not. Even if there were only 100,000 of these super rich they wouldn’t have the brains or the cooperation between them; they just followed a trend and couldn’t believe their luck. This accelerated when the technology of IT could whizz figures round the globe and they could use their wealth and assets to create corporate Ponzi schemes that, because of the lack of responsibility and regulation (a lack they lobbied and wheedled for and our politicians ‘bought’ in to?) , developed a mirage of reality that became the norm. Like the sub prime people who they enticed into mortgages, these sub prime prospectors and speculators believed they’d found the formula to turn literally nothing into gold. And the damnable part of all this is that the response of the politicians to the 2008 crises has proved them right.
What started this trend? Well you would have to dig deep into the human psyche to pin point that one. You could say it was when Adam took the apple; or the first time a member of the oldest profession offered her/his services by promising a good time; or the concepts of religion; or the struggle of the alchemists to turn base metals into gold; and, while we’re at it, why gold?
As a metal it has some industrial uses today because of its resistance to oxidisation and most chemicals; but it was totally useless then as now for spears, arrowheads, cooking pots, banding round masts, or nailing wood to form a boat. In fact it was so useless its probable somebody decided to make something pretty out of it. Then his woman wanted one; seeing this the tribal leader thought it would be a good idea to have something that would mark his position; then when Kings came on the scene he had to have more and in due time they took this malleable, not very rare commodity, and called it precious which gave it a value worth stealing and killing for.
However you rate it today, gold is a pretty good example of the human psyche’s ability to adopt the irrational over the rational and this schism of rationality has been exploited ever since; but never to the extent that it is today.
C’mon you say we’re educated, wise to the ways of the world: tutored in the universities of hard knocks called life.
Believe it or not Americans are not fools. How do you think the relatives and loved ones of the thousands of servicemen killed or maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan are feeling, now that Wikileak has exposed their loved one died not for the protection of democracy under the euphemism of a War on Terror, but for the protection demanded by Arab Potentates? Potentates who now want the US to send more coffin fodder over to their part of the world to take a swipe at Iran.
I’m no fan of Iran, but I’m not a fan of Potentates, Israel or any form of regime, no matter how it labels itself, that practices racial, religious, political or commercial apartheid. Such practices are just a devious form of eugenics practiced without schedules, rail cars or ovens.
What if Bush Jnr was in office now, along with the same bunch of puppeteers; would the PR machines and the Media factories not be in the process of building a full head of steam demonizing Iran, in preparation for an invasion during his second term? He’s not, so the question is rhetorical; at least until the next puppet come along. But the question that isn’t rhetorical, is why the use of war, with all its de-structive qualities and the carnage of human life, is the western world's favoured practice when it has patently failed in every theatre where its been applied; either overtly such as in Vietnam or Iraq or covertly – though the two are often intermingled - by the supply of arms and logistics as in Indonesia and South America? Calling violence peace, and those that practice it peacekeepers, is giving form, meaning and twisted legitimacy to a nonsense; what could possibly be more irrational than that.
Knowing the costs that will be involved isn’t it conceivable that some “smart”, compassion, empathy and, above all, example, would achieve better results with fewer casualties and less destruction than the gung-ho crap of “smart” bombs? Now we know generals like to fight wars – what else are they going to talk about in their dotage – but surely that can’t be enough of a reason, nor can it be the results they achieve, or the political gains that accrue; so is it possible this is the favoured method because the profit made on weapons and warfare are greater than those of compassion and ploughshares? If that’s the rational, then you have to ask, who is calling the tune, and who is paying?
I suspect we all know the answer to the purse the price is being prised out of but, before we name it, let’s take a look at who profits. The Lockhead Corp, who incidentally, are a major shareholder in the UK Atomic Research facility; Halliburton Corp, also involved in the UK defence programme; with an ex-CEO the VP in the Bush administration. The Carlyle Corp, heavily involved with Bush Snr, and ex-PM Major on the board of subsidiaries on a reputed £500,000 per year. On the home front we have our ‘own’ BAE systems, who get paid billions to rehash a commercial airliner that was superseded in the 70s? And, just to add to the diversity and comprehensiveness of the mix, throw in IBM and any or all of the other 99% not listed. What do they all have in common?
They all claim to be commercial operations and go to a great deal of trouble to substantiate that claim – quoted in stock markets, declaring dividends etc - but if any were to rely on the normal cut and thrust of commercial markets, few would have reached the prominence they enjoy today. When was the last time you flew in a Lockheed airliner, have an IBM pc or bought a BAE product? They all rely on the defence budgets allocated to the Pentagon, or in the UK case the MoD, whereby the costs of research and production are met by ever increasing budgets from the public purse, while the profit margins and innovations gained are left to the corporation to exploit and benefit from.
Add into that mix the privatisation of a (any) Nations resources whether they’re natural or innovative and you have bankrupted the nation to benefit the few – and the maxim of socialising the costs and privatising the profits, becomes, potentially, apocalyptic for the ‘us’ who have to meet the costs. Think about it, it doesn’t take much commercial acumen to run a business that doesn’t have to meet the costs of the product it sells. And, just to add insult to injury, is able to market these products through a heavily supported media – staffed by many, but controlled by few – whose sole purpose is to manufacture consent by the suppression of truth through the drip of lies forming into opiates of suppression.
That said, this is not intended as a polemic against capitalism. Capitalism has its place, just as entrepreneurship, innovation and commitment have the right to be recognised and rewarded. But capitalism without responsibility and commitment to the moral and social wellbeing of the culture the community and the natural elements it relies on for its existence, is a cancer hell bent on its own destruction and stupidly oblivious to the fact it will bring the body with it.
Now where’s the rational for the ‘body’, whether as molecules or miracles, of nations or specie, to allow that state of affairs or affairs of State to continue?
This, in my opinion, is the world we live in; a fact that’s underlined by the various international polls that question the quality of life in different countries. What these tend to show is that it’s the smaller countries who adopt a more egalitarian and domestic approach to their citizenries’ wellbeing and who don’t get into power games with their neighbours, who occupy the top rungs of the contentment ladder.
So against all these formidable odds and despite the paucity of our arsenal how do we go about not only gaining the independence of Scotland but shaping the form that independence will take?
Undoubtedly the SNP have earned the right to take Scotland towards independence. But neither they, nor any other ‘would-be’ political party have earned the right as yet to govern an independent Scotland. Even the systems of political blocks called parties forming governments has to be opened to detailed analysis and possible development since time and results have exposed the distortions and weaknesses inherent in their practices. That said it would be the usual Scottish suicidal malaise to start squabbling before the games started let alone won so – What can we do!
First we must win the democratic battle – that’s the petard from which empires were hung and lost. And we don’t need organisations, institutions, media backing or huge logistical armouries; nor, while we obviously have a strategy, do we need a tactical blueprint that limits (other than moral imperatives) the individuality of our preparation and approach. The fight is for independence, not for any political party nor yet, political bias or the political process or concept. For most politics is a viper’s nest, best left alone.
My proposal is we, the exponents of independence, arm ourselves –as many already are - with the facts and flaws of the present system and through acts of neighbourly kinship, compassion, concern: any form of cooperation based on humanities better values, take it upon ourselves to encourage one individual a month to either convert to the cause or climb down from the apathy fence.
I’m not going to suggest the amount of time or the methods you should employ – though the exposure and listing of ideas in a positive manner could fire the inspirational synapse in others – by definition the methods must be as variable as the circumstance, capabilities, expertise and commitment invested in and by the individual; but it is the tremor that creates the groundswell over which the arsenal of establishment can neither prevent or control.
We have five months to an election and by adopting this approach we may, this time, only save the SNPs bacon. But, by then they will be aware of the ground swell and the power and aspirations driving it. Keep it up until 2015 and the exponential potential alone could turn independence from an abstract notion into an irrevocable fact.
Add the additional factor of the SNP adding meat to its inspirational backbone and we could have a government of whom we are proud to have serve us; reason to be proud as a nation; but, most important of all, a little pride in ourselves as human beings.
Any other business?
Ideas/Listing: thorn in the flesh techniques – civil disobedience.
Pensioners report to job centres – need work in order to survive.
Learn the benefits labyrinth – actively help to maximise claimant’s rights.
Send all your tax returns to R & C Dept Scottish Government.
If Calman is adopted send the 10p to Scotland the rest to HMRC.
In any argument with bureaucracy demand, politely, to see the top man.
Grow your own vegetables it saves paying VAT. What you can’t eat give to neighbours, it saves them paying VAT.
Add as you will, keep it legal – the potential and list is endless.