Posts tagged economy
Posts tagged economy
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.
You are perfection,
The golden mean is your reflection,
But your eyes show sorrow,
Of what will come tomorrow,
Life became dull when you got a 9 to five,
Routine makes your days the same and You dont feel alive,
You hate how society is dumbed down,
And living in an area that is run down
Reading that philosophy booked gave You a clear mind,
But you preferred life when you were blind
We now have a Communist mindset, so it is time for a change from Capitalism!
It seems to be coming to the attention of many people that Capitalism is a corrupt system, people do not think its a fair system that people earn ridiculous amounts of money when others who help them acheive that do not, they couldnt acheive the riches alone so why are the people who work ten times harder being repressed and struggling on low incomes, it is these individuals who make a business function so therefore they should be benefited. If it is true that we are the hierarchical animal we say we are, that as humans we crave to live under an unfair system in order for certain individuals to be above others through acting in self interest, then it is now certain that many of us want to change our attitudes, many people have realised a repressive system does not work hence the current system Capitalism and so this is an example of how the human nature of acting in self interest could be changing. The reason the time for change could be successful now is that many of the anti Capitalist protesters in London were people in professional positions and careers, so even those at the top have now decided this isn’t right.
I believe this is the case, if we are the advanced animal the key word is advanced, we should be intelligent enough as a species to change our outlook because we know it benefits the many not the few. Capitalism has fed a need for things in a modern world it is virtually impossible to get away from, therefore it now has to feed those needs and not repress the lower classes to not be able to afford them. Also, many of these resourcesm products etc that are produced under a Capitalist system are limited resources, therefore there is going to be drastic problems when these LIMITED RESOURCES run out and we can no longer feed our demand.The problem with capitalism is that it states it is about individualism, however not every individual can be rich, businesses need people on different levels to make them function and people to work in them. If it is true that we are a competitive animal, and we like to be on higher levels to others in society, then we must all crave to be at the top too. We cannot all be at the top because we need to build a ladder of people below us to climb to get there. and like wise the value of money just goes up with economic growth due to inflation so therefore it is impossible to balance fiscal and monetary policies to achieve a perfect life under the current Capitalist system, because individuals need to be repressed but in a Communist system it is actually vital no one is repressed not only to achieve full equality but also to give people the incentive and mindset that they want to be part of a system were they offer their skills and work together rather than acting in their own self interest.
So we need to change our mindset to want to function in a team that enables us all to benefit equally rather than all trying to take, because there is only a limited amount, under communism the value of money would be limited due to our lack of demand for materialism, therefore being above others financially would be pointless, we would all put the same effort in and all see the rewards, and we would all have the opportunity to do so, infact it would be vital that we all do so to make the system work as we would all be playing an equally important part, so therefore honesty would be key and we would need to change our attitude to ensure this too. Remember that every voice must be heard if we are to defeat this corrupt system, we live in a false democracy so unless we are part of the ruling class our voices are not as loud, however if we all listen to eachother and show support, our voices will be louder, remember that the ruling class are the few not the many, there is more of the many and we must conform to this Capitalist system to be heard and then destroy the Capitalist ruling class.
ITS NOT HUMAN NATURE, ITS CAPITALIST NATURE.
I do not believe it is human nature to want to be above others in society. Animals like to be above others, like to win territory and of course humans are just nothing more than advanced animals. However the key term there is advanced, if we are as superior as we like to think to all other living creatures on this planet surely we could work around this and be more genourous, acting in a more ‘I want to see what I can do for you’ rather than ‘If I’m doing this how much are you paying me’ attitude.
There is a saying ‘money is the root of all evil’ it really is, but it is nothing more than paper, and it grows in trees, it is us humans that give it value and purpose. It is because of money that people need to be repressed because if money was the answer, we could just print it countlessly and give everybody enough, but then this wouldn’t work because nobody would do anything. We need money as a motivational item to make us strive to produce goods and services that we rely on. However most of these goods and products that we so dearly need are nothing more than materialistic, they give us a false sense of temporary happiness, all man really needs is food, water, and something to do.
Capitalism revolves around people making profit, but there are little workers in that team that allow that person at the top to make all the money whilst they work ten times harder but do not see the rewards, we say Capitalism allows a means to survive to the lower classes but why do they not see the benefits that the person at the top of every business sees? If we did not live in this materialistic Capitalist environment the person at the top would not need all that money as it would be pointless, as we would only need money for the basics of survival. therefore the money would be shared out more equally among everyone, after all we all have something we are good at, just because one person has an idea, another person who works hard to make that idea happen should be rewarded equally.