Posts tagged communism
Posts tagged communism
The recent horse meat scandal in not-so-Great Britain comes as no surprise. As part of the Tory cuts, 700 food standards officers were removed, so something like this was always going to happen. Where there is a loophole in the system, people will find a way to make a product for a penny and sell it for a pound. This is another example why you cannot treat public servants as something you can cut and throw away as you please. These are real people relying on their jobs and income and the people in the country rely on them just as much.
This is exactly why supporting our small local businesses is good for a number of reasons, not only for the quality of food we are consuming, but also for our economy. However, it is clear that the people who are buying value and supermarket branded products are the poor, and it is not easy for them to go to their local butchers as their disposable income does not allow it. This is not a fault in the butchers, fishmongers or any other industry as the government would have you believe, rather it is a fault in the government’s taxation policies. We live in a society where if your income exceeds £1 million you will receive a £100,000 tax cut. Instead, it would be a better economic engine if we gave the poor a tax cut, allowing them to have more disposable income and raising the tax paid by the rich. When the rich receive a tax cut, they have more disposable income to spend in the South of France or other holidays. It is no coincidence that, as the rich get wealthier, the economy declines. By constrast, the British economy is being funded by the poor, who cannot afford to eat unless it’s a product that has been shipped across Europe and has horsemeat stuffed in it.
Aside from it just being a benefit to the economy, surely it is in our interest to change the current system of food being shipped across Europe, through Romania and France, and instead having it produced in our own country. This will ensure our food is a lot fresher and of better quality. Whilst the economic aspect of supporting local businesses is in the interest of the government, it is clear the quality of food isn’t. Why is this? Well it is not like the MPs are eating Tesco Value burgers now, is it?
The government is clearly out of touch with the people, because until you get a government is run by the people for the people this will never change. David Cameron recently stated (at a £400 a head champagne dinner) that the Conservative party are now a party of the poor. This in itself is laughable, but the fact members of the party refused to applaud after this speech shows you the extent to which they wish to disassociate themselves with us ‘plebs’. We cannot expect a man who lives on a hill in the countryside, who only ever attended the best public schools, to understand what people from East London, or inner cities up and down the country, really need.
Recently, a woman in the U.K who was receiving jobseekers allowance but employed in a voluntary job in a museum, was forced to swap this job for work experience in Poundland. This country is forcing people to work in meaningless jobs, purely to earn any income to survive as there is nothing else for them. It is all well and good that the government are encouraging work experience placements, but it is important that we ensure the work experience is relevant to future job opportunities. We have graduates unable to get any experience other than part time work in their local supermarket or a bar, and on leaving university facing unemployment or being forced to work as cleaners and shop floor assistants. There is a severe shortage of relevant work experience being offered to young people, especially in cities outside of London.
Unless the government improves the standards of living for the poor and produces a fairer taxation system to do this, there are only going to be more scandals such as the horse meat one. While the poor have no disposable income, they are only going to be able to buy the cheapest products from the big chain supermarkets as opposed to good quality fresh foods from their local small businesses. However, unless more opportunities become available to the poor, people are going to continue working in low paid jobs with no disposable income and will continue to buy cheap food.
Government and Media control is out of control!
It is clear that in many ways a government can cause more harm than good, especially if its being run by Cameron or Thatcher. Governments around the world are acting more like dictatorships, but due to a number of techniques used by the partnership of government and media the majority of us do not have an inkling that it is happening. It is terrifying the lengths they can go to to not only break up working class communities, but also to stop them questioning a thing. Governments are not working, maybe it is time to work without government.
So how are they keeping us from questioning their corruption? There are many examples of popular protest in the past that have taken place, particularly in the U.K and U.S.A and it is due to these movements that the leaders and managers of the state have realized they can no longer control people individually. These protests proved that the power still very much lays with those at the bottom of society because they are the majority. It is from this that governments have since learned to control how people think and to give lessons to people to control their emotions. There is a couple of trillion dollars per year spent on these techniques in the USA, from the way an advertisement is set up for the brain of a two year old to the way economics is taught at University level. All these techniques are put in place to ensure we do not care about the treatment of others, so that we do not have the emotion of caring that people may be treated unfairly by society. It is all set up so that we have the attitude of ‘if the person across the road doesn’t have something to eat, it’s not my fault, therefore it’s not my problem and therefore I do not care. Come to think of it, do you ever remember the famous Margaret Thatcher quote “there is no such thing as society?” The prime aim of the government is so that once we have learned these emotions, society can be broken up to a point where we live as ourselves and not as a community and then the government can treat people unfairly without the questioning of those it is affecting. It is all a lesson of oppressing emotions so that we do not even know it is happening.
We are being taught by thinking of only ourselves to not consider our negative impacts on the world that in the future will affect our children. It is all a de-humanization process, this is where the anti authoritarian aspect of Anarchism is important. We have our own minds, yet we are constently being told how to think and not to think for ourselves, we are allowed to push buttons every couple of years and change a few things and we are told this is democracy! All to keep us content with the oppression of ourselves and others in our communities. This control and technique of making us all become corporate robots of capitalism is quite clear, you only have to go to your local shopping center to see that a young girls favorite pass time is to simply ‘window shop’ … again, we are becoming controlled corporate robots. We have our own minds and no human being should have the authority to think for another human being, we cannot tolerate the dictatorship of government any longer, it is dangerous.
It is quite obvious that Capitalism is beautiful in the mind of someone brought up in a multi million pound household and sent to the best school in the country, but this is an example of why having someone running a country so out of touch with those at the bottom of society doesn’t work. You must give decisions back to the people, the same way a skilled mechanic knows what is best for him and his workforce over the managers that are hidden away in the office, the same goes for society. We know what is best for us, we know how our communities function, not someone who eats Caviar like it’s going out of fashion!
All round the world with the current economic situation, it seems as though we have all came up with the same unfair answer, the answer of destroying social security. It is quite obvious that while it is certainly the easiest answer to take it from the poor, it’s not the only one as by asking the small richest percentage of society to cut even the smallest amount of their ludicrous luxuries you could have a far more effective economic solution. Greed and Capitalism go hand in hand and it is quite clear it has gotten out of control.
Osborne and Cameron are ready to attack Britain!
It is clear from George Osborne’s Autumn Statement released this week that the Tories will most definitely be grabbing their Capitalist penis, and they will be using it to fuck the working classes in the U.K harder than ever before. Osborne and Cameron are the best magicians in government, the cuts that they have made to the working classes are almost invisible! It is clear after trade unionists revealed from the statement that with these cuts being broken up into cuts to benefits and public services, by 2017 the poorest families in Britain will see 30% of their household incomes cut! That is some statistic when you consider that people on a low wage or those unemployed are already on the bare minimum, but this is the result of the medias lie, everyone on benefits loves being on them and they are too lazy to work! This is the final result of that lie being bought by the majority of this country, the Conservatives are living on cloud nine!
It wasn’t just the trickery of the hidden cuts that was impressive though, Osborne’s greatest magic trick was still to come. He has actually made his statement look as if it is FAIR! He has made it sound as though the richest in our society are about to pay a whole lot more in taxes in proportion with those at the bottom, this is what everyone in Britain has been waiting to hear, its great isn’t it? In reality, what has happened is that the richest members of our society have had their taxes cut from 50% to 45%, yet the super rich bracket has been significantly widened. So, in fact it looks as though the richest are being taxed more heavily. In reality, all that is happening is there are more people being moved into the richest bracket, but the super rich will be living even more comfortably after this budget. Come to think of it, I did hear something about Alan Sugar needing a new private jet, his old one was getting quite rusty.
The autumn statement kept referring to how the cuts to welfare can be justified, as the welfare needs to be benefiting hard working families, not those who are unemployed. However, it is obvious from the cuts that will be made, that anyone in work, right up to those earning an average income will have any welfare cut dramatically. So the argument of those in work being benefited by this does not add up at all. The only thing that seems to add up in the Conservative parties eyes is the welfare state, the bill is too high, but the bill for the royal family doesn’t seem to receive the same attention. It is important that we do not become blinded by the illusion that the lives of those at the bottom of society have improved, who cares if you have a smartphone when it’s clear that on a good income you’ll still never be able to afford your own home? In the 1930’s on an average wage you could buy your house on a 6th of your income, find someone doing that now? Or the illusion we’re better off because the working classes can now go to university, so many are ending up unemployed and homeless after it because their families cannot afford to house them. Life for the majority of us working class or middle class in the next few years certainly isn’t going to be rosy.
No matter where in the world you are reading this, it is clear that it is attack after attack on the working classes, there is only one war that should be interesting us at the moment and it’s the only one worth fighting, the class war! As the scum of society we are being attacked, the evidence is there to show it, the biggest crimes being committed at the moment are those in the houses of parliament.
The poor must wake up to the growing Extremism of the Conservatives
So the current Conservative government in the U.K has been in power barely 2 and a half years, and while it has lived up to its promises to cut every area possible, they have also failed to hit every statistic in aiming to reduce the deficit. That really is some achievement, Dave. Instead of restoring economic growth promised by their government, we have instead dipped into recession three times. Now, I am not saying cuts should not be made, but the cuts are occurring in all the wrong places.
For instance, George Osbourne recently passed a legislation through Whitehall to make a further £10billion in cuts to welfare, but if those reliant on welfare have their tax cut, why are we so against introducing a mansion tax, or something that constitutes! Surely if the poorest are paying their share, the richest members of society should too? This is the result of what the Tories believe to be a ‘fair’ and ‘equal’ austerity plan, in fact there is nothing fair and equal about it! It’s the same old, ‘we don’t use it, why should we pay for it’ attitude from the Conservatives, why fund the NHS for those who need it when they’ve never used anyone but a private doctor? Our health comes second when profits can be made from pharmaceuticals and with the taxation it brings to the government why wouldn’t they want to privatize it all?
The problem at the moment, however, is the ‘scrounger’ culture that is being forced into our minds. To keep the working classes quiet at the same time as taking away their entitlements, you must ensure they do not know its happening. This is where the ‘scrounger’ lie comes in. The Conservatives have created a lie that the majority of those out of employment and claiming benefits are doing so because they are ‘too lazy’ to work. They have fed this lie to the working classes who are in employment and made them believe that those in their neighbourhoods are scum, that their taxes are paying those who don’t want to work.
It cannot be deemed fair that many of the underprivileged are losing their benefits when at the same time there are some of the richest in our society outright avoiding paying their way. Surely the £3 million Jimmy Carr was found to have not paid has cost the economy far more than an unemployed parent claiming a minuscule £55 per week? Gary Barlow was recently awarded an OBE, weeks after being outed as a tax cheat. I guess it is easy for David Cameron to get angry at the non existent ‘scroungers’ though, when he has the whole of News Corporation whispering in his ear everyday. Just the same as Jeremy Kyle whispers in the ears of the working classes daily on TV.
It is after Cameron recently called time on the ‘equality impact assessments’ introduced by Labour, and the lack of protest from those at the bottom of society that I became deeply worried for working class Britain. For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is the assessment by which laws can be passed in the U.K, it is an assessment that ensures those most vulnerable in society can not be discriminated or effected to great extent by government implementation. The current government has now decided to scrap that, basically meaning it can pass anything it likes. To the leaders of this country we are merely a statistic, and as those leaders of this country and countries around the world do not know what it is like to be the average man on the street, we can be nothing more than a statistic…and at that a statistic that is draining the economy. I never believed DC was an extreme Conservative, rather that term I’ve heard used of a conservative with a small ‘c’. However, it seems that as more and more is cut from welfare, and more legislations are passed, it seems a majority Conservative government would have us all working for 2 pounds per hour, starving, and working non stop purely to bring money into the economy so that the rich can get richer. It is quite ironic that the media in this country and other countries, especially America, aim to show us how terrible the left wing governments are operating around the world, how people are starving and child labour rises, yet the Capitalism in our countries is on the verge of doing just that if our economies do not grow soon?
Ideologies are misleading us!
Most of us label ourselves with a political ideology on the political spectrum, if we do not we just label ourselves as right, left or liberal. What if I was to tell you you don’t have to believe in any one to have ideas and opinions? Actually, what If I was to tell you it would probably be for the better that we didn’t label ourselves with them at all? When it comes to politics we seem to be under the illusion that if we disagree with one ideology we must support the opposing one. So if we disagree with the left wing and communism ( which many of us do as we’re brainwashed by a Capitalist media ) then we must believe in the opposing? So for instance if we disagree with Capitalism but also believe communism is corrupt we will sit on the fence and be liberal.
This instantly limits how deeply we can think about things, it limits our questioning and its quite dangerous, because actually if this is true it probably means some of the parties are standing for policies they disagree with because they think they are of one particular label. So by stating where they are on the political spectrum they must instantly agree with everything that ideology says, even if they only agree with 60% of it. When the tea party of america says actually we don’t want this restricted market or business run by a big corporation we may agree but disagree because we believe them to be terrible.
Also because of this we manipulate ideologies and twist them to run them how we wish, however at the same time going with the label, this is very misleading. For example, we will believe it is more efficient to get our fish from a supermarket as opposed to a fishmonger as everything you will need you can get from the one store at the supermarket, when actually it is less efficient because you’re getting a far lower quality and far less fresh product. Because we all go to the big corperation supermarket due to our attitude of easyness we eliminate any competition on the market from smaller chain business which immediately shows that actually, this is not a FREE market. Many of us would blame this on capitalism, because it allows the big corperation to become so big and powerful in the market, actually this is not capitalism at all because we have eliminated competition from the market, the very thing Capitalism is based on, therefore we have just eliminated Capitalism..this is infact a socialist market. It is socialist because you have limited progression, you have very basic working class roles of shop till assistants and very few management staff who can barely call themselves middle class, you are almost eliminating the middle class and at the same time limiting the progression of the working class.
This is also why we always have the ” same old ” attitude with politicians, because we only have three possible answers, a communist, socialist, liberal or capitalist government. We are under the illusion we need a stable government when actually it would be ideal if it was unstable and new ideas could be put in place, it would be far more convenient if we could take some ideas from the left and some ideas from the right, but with our current attitudes we are limited to one or the other because we only allow ourselves to agree 100% with one particular place.
So we have a society and politicians that are limited to very few different opinions which is probably why there is so much corruption in politics, because we can not come up with a feasible question as to why politicians are not doing what they say. On the other hand we also have political ideologies that are being changed and manipulated so actually having these labels is pointless. What this means is that we also have politicians misunderstanding what they stand for, and this is deeply worrying.
Going out is overated,
Staying in is so outdated,
Clubs are full of posing pricks,
And men with shoulders full of chips,
Watered down alcohol that tastes of sweat,
Old men at the bar stare into pints of regret,
People with opinions on many things,
But on a weekday they empty bins,
People with iPhones thinking they’re A listers,
Sharing meaningless shitty instragram pictures,
People covered in branded clothes,
Becoming nothing but stamped advertising clones,
Capitalism fills their lives with products,
Lowers their opportunities but rapes their wallets,
The youths have looks of venom in their eyes,
You’ve never met them but its you they despise,
Their pleasure comes from innocent peoples cries,
Nothing they do comes as any surprise,
Teenage girls with children starting school,
And their boyfriends roam looking for streets to rule,
Nobody leaves their houses after 10pm,
Women wear fur coats and dine in posh bars,
But underneath they can’t afford knickers or bras,
They’d rather pretend to be middle class,
Even with cold water in their baths,
They are ashamed of who they really are,
Men in ties with brief cases rush,
Ready for anything in their way to push,
With hair slicked back and neatly brushed,
Haven’t spent time with their families in months,
They spend 24/7 in the office,
Reading books is seen as a waste of time,
Education to them is an impossible climb,
Teachers are not able to teach,
Pupils only aim is to make them weep,
And follow the others like a heard of sheep,
They are like an army of robots,
Everything happens in the present,
The past and future do not exist,
Hitherto it is called the present,
It acts just like a gift,
Future is imagination,
Past is memory,
But both are a vague image of reality generally,
Do not dwell on whats been,
Or worry of whats not yet seen,
Act on what you feel is right at the time,
Use your instinct as a bodily sign,
Instinct is a balance of decisions made in our lives,
Both good and bad at an equal divide,
This inbuilt bodily radar is all we need to decide,
And no decision is wrong or right,
So we should not live in regret or in fear of what might,
We are unemployed and ever so bored,
We try to protest but we are ignored,
Politicians keep us reassured,
That things will get better,
Our cities are so grey and dull,
Weighed down by the class system pull,
The bankers charge like raging bulls,
Only concerned with whether their own stomachs are full,
They even dictate to the government.
If you get your hands dirty you will be rejected,
Manual jobs are not respected,
A low income for some is a reality,
But this describes your personality,
But its thanks to the builder the prime minister has a home.
Elections give us a choice of right vs right,
But none are right,
Only left is right,
And two wrongs do not make a right,
So a coalition is a deadly fright,
And the poor will suffer regardless.
As deaf as the ear of a Politician,
Trying to persuade people to sign our disagreeing petition,
How many cries will it take before they listen,
As their shiny vehicles glisten,
Widening the wealth gap is their only mission,
Left wing is our ideological position,
We are stuck in a day to day routine,
Never ending like a running stream,
Saving all year for a change of scene,
Yet there is no other country we have seen,
Our bodies are weak and ever so lean,
Their Capitalism starves us,
- Michael Hetherington
Authoritarian Socialism vs Libertarian Socialism
As much as we can argue that Socialism is the answer, the very word itself comes to many a persons mind as filthy. In the liberal world that we live in under our right wing governments and very Conservative media, this is what we are led to believe. The argument individuals raise most frequently against Communism and Socialism is that every example of it in the past has resulted in horrendus consequences and there is not one single example in history to show that it can work. Now I agree that there have been some devastating elements of left wing politics in the past, but there have also been equally poor results of right wing Facism. There are many different ideologies of running a country, but whether you are right wing or left wing, there are two forms of these ideologies, Libertarianism or Authoritarianism.
Now if it is so that governments should be the servants of the people, and not their dictators, then they would be libertarian whether their policies are right, left or liberal. Now there have been dreadful forms of Communism in the past, in particular Stalin of Russia who repressed people so much his actions resulted in the deaths of 27 million individuals. However, we also have the unquestionably more criticised Adolf Hitler who led a facist, right wing government into a world war. Both of these dictators along with others led extremely authoritarian governments. They used the repression of their own people to their advantage and had strong control over all decisions made.
Now my argument is that the only previous examples of communism we have are the ones which were radically led by individuals who led very authoritarian forms of the ideology which involved strong repression. However, the authoritarian forms of forms of the right have been equally as unsuccessful. A libertarian form of government is something all countries across the world have lacked for a long time, even in the right wing world that we live in we are still equally repressed, just in a slightly different manner. Most politicians who gain power tend to only know one method, that is to control the people and have strong control over its countries decisions, it is just the more radical leaders that are labelled dictators. Libertarian Socialism is the belief that freedom and equality can be achieved through abolishing authoritarian institutions in all means of life and having a generally decentralized government and stateless society. So this concludes my argument that repression and dictatorship does not represent Communism or Socialism, it just represents one form and the individual running it, under a libertarian Socialist government there would be no authoritative figure in power.