Posts tagged lenin
Posts tagged lenin
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?
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.