CREDIT CRISIS AND FEAR IN THE MARKET!!!


 

        The headlines shout at you, “FEAR GRIPS THE MARKETS” what exactly are they talking about? Who’s fear and what are they afraid of? Well it seems to be the fear of all those sweaty palmed greedy little billionaires, they are afraid that their billions will shrink to millions and they are trying to grab their loot and hide it somewhere until it is safe to bring it out and start to screw us again.

         Governments always waffle about how they are trying to help the people but there is nothing like fat cat capitalist parasites squealing, for the government to show its true priorities. Governments have always intervened in the economy, but always on the side of the capitalist, the free market is a neo-liberal myth. This government has made a pledge to eradicate fuel poverty by 2010. In spite of it getting much worse, they tell us that they have done everything that can be reasonably done and since 2000 have spent £20 billion on the project, that is 8 years expenditure. However their capitalist friends shout “CRISIS” and with one throw of the shovel they toss £50 billion of our money at them shouting, “Save the spivs” oops sorry, “Save the bankers, save the bankers”. The £50 billion of course is just the tip of the icing, oops sorry, iceberg. There is another £250 billion of loan guarantees and a further £200 billion to fluff out some other bits of banking petty cash, all our money. We are talking about £500 billion of tax payers money being flung in one mad throw of the dice in the banking charlatans game. We are talking about more than four years money for the entire health service, at approximately £106 billion a year. While we are throwing money around how about the 850 million human beings that are starving, or the 2.6 billion that lack proper sewage, then of course there are the other features of the free market, the 640 million children with inadequate housing or the 800 million people who are illiterate. The system stinks and what we are seeing is its sewage washing over us the ordinary people, who will be expected to pay for all this “bailout” with unemployment, foreclosures, cuts in social services and increase taxes. This is a bail out of the rich by the poor, welfare for the rich.

          Now is not the time to protest asking our masters to try to ease our suffering a little while they play their crooked game. It is not the time to march from A to B with banners asking for more crumbs to allow us to work harder. This is an opportunity to once and for all trash this corrupt and unjust system of greed. We have to organise in an attempt to circumvent the system, to short cut the system, to work outside the system. To organise different types of co-operatives within our communities, and other forms of working class mutual aid schemes, defend those facing foreclosures. Why should we pay for their greed, it would appear that profits are private but losses are socialised. We have to stop playing their game to their rules, the dice is loaded.

          It took the arms build up and the destruction of the second world war to pull the world’s economies out of the last great depression 1929/33, perhaps that’s what they have in mind for us this time round. Only the organising of the ordinary people can stop this

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SPIVS—BANKERS!!!


 

        Those who are affected, most of us are, by the financial bubble burst, should understand that the very nature of modern banking is fraudulent. All the money made and lost is just a symptom of the real problem. Banks are allowed to lend many times more money than they have on reserve. They literally create money out of nothing. With the help of the central banks, these banks create as much money as they require. Loans go on their books as assets, on which more money is loaned. It is not actual physical reserves that they lend, but money that is printed according to how much money is demanded by loan applications and mortgages. This is why so much money has been lent to people that would never be lent real money. It comes out of thin air, not actual bank reserves. However the interest we pay back or the asset such as our house that could be seized are very real. Central banks are in a win-win situation.
          Some years ago our government relinquished the power to print money and set interest rates to the banks. The government now borrow from these banks and use our tax to pay back the loan and the interest charged by banks. Obviously the government is not in control, the banks are. They rely entirely on central banks for money. They are as hooked as we are as long as they allow banks to control money supply and interest rates. A government that borrows with interest from private banks, when it can create its own interest-free money, is a government of cretins or swindlers, more likely both. Our tax money is profit for the bankers.
         Basically, banks are allowed to lend several times more money than they have on deposit. When you sign a loan agreement for £X, they record this as an asset, the central banks print the money, you then pay the loan back with interest. They never lent you any of their money, they just had some printed by the central banks using your signature as surety. In the meantime, they are allowed to lend out at least ten times what you borrowed to other customers. The entire process is fraudulent, including the contract between you and the bank. They do not make you aware of the reality of the contract, which makes the contract illegal.
           The government gave control of money supply and interest rates to central, privately controlled banks, and borrows money from those banks, using your income tax as the security. A huge amount of our tax is just paying interest to these bankers when the government could control it and issue interest free money to itself instead. Also we should be aware of the fact the since Napoleonic times, banks have loaned money to both sides of most wars, wars are profitable to banks. People such as the ex governor of the Bank Of England, who has a fair insight into the system, have stated that banking is sleight of hand, and that if people understood banking there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. Let’s hope the people come to understand the banking system quickly.

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GLOBAL WARMING


 

         The Arctic ice is melting. Perennial sea ice should survive all-year round, but in the Arctic it is vanishing at about 9% each decade. The reason for the melting ice is crystal clear – the Arctic is growing warmer, and far faster than anything we are experiencing in Britain. Of course, the Arctic is so remote it is easy to forget about it, but we need its ice. Both the Arctic and Antarctic are the air conditioners of the world, cooling the atmosphere by bouncing the Sun’s rays off large sheets of ice into space. Without that ice, the Earth could overheat at a ferocious pace. Arctic warming could also change the world’s atmosphere. As Arctic areas warm up, their permanently frozen soils are defrosting. That could release vast amounts of carbon dioxide and methane trapped in the ground sending greenhouse warming into serious overdrive and the climate haywire.

      The capitalist system of chasing perpetual growth in search of ever increasing profit is the best way to add fuel to the problem. We must come together to smash the state/corporate capitalism machine and create a system which tries to work on sustainability combined with social justice.

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TYRANNY OF THE CLOCK.


 

This article by the late George Woodcock first appeared in War Commentary – for Anarchism, March 1944.

         ” The clock, as Lewis Mumford has pointed out, represents the key machine of the machine age, both for its influence on technology and its influence on the habits of men. Technically, the clock was the first really automatic machine that attained any importance in the life of men. Previous to its invention, the common machines were of such a nature that their operation depended on some external and unreliable force, such as human or animal muscles, water or wind. It is true that the Greeks had invented a number of primitive automatic machines, but these where used, like Hero’s steam engine, for obtaining ‘supernatural’ effects in the temples or for amusing the tyrants of Levantine cities. But the clock was the first automatic machine that attained a public importance and a social function. Clock-making became the industry from which men learnt the elements of machine making and gained the technical skill that was to produce the complicated machinery of the industrial revolution. 

          Socially the clock had a more radical influence than any other machine, in that it was the means by which the regularisation and regimentation of life necessary for an exploiting system of industry could best be attained. The clock provided the means by which time – a category so elusive that no philosophy has yet determined its nature – could be measured concretely in more tangible forms of space provided by the circumference of a clock dial. Time as duration became disregarded, and men began to talk and think always of ‘lengths’ of time, just as if they were talking of lengths of calico. And time, being now measurable in mathematical symbols, became regarded as a commodity that could be bought and sold in the same way as any other commodity.

           The new capitalists, in particular, became rabidly time-conscious. Time, here symbolising the labour of workers, was regarded by them almost as if it were the chief raw material of industry. ‘Time is money’ became on of the key slogans of capitalist ideology, and the timekeeper was the most significant of the new types of official introduced by the capitalist dispensation.
           Now the movement of the clock sets the tempo men’s lives – they become the servant of the concept of time which they themselves have made, and are held in fear, like Frankenstein by his own monster. In a sane and free society such an arbitrary domination of man’s functions by either clock or machine would obviously be out of the question. The domination of man by the creation of man is even more ridiculous than the domination of man by man. Mechanical time would be relegated to its true function of a means of reference and co-ordination, and men would return again to a balance view of life no longer dominated by the worship of the clock. Complete liberty implies freedom from the tyranny of abstractions as well as from the rule of men.”

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BRITISH & US TROOPS PROTECT THE OPIUM BUSINESS!!


 

     British, NATO and US forces in Afghanistan are fighting and dying to protect a corrupt puppet government, Put another way, British, NATO and US troops are fighting and dying to protect the opium business of Afghanistan, it is known that at least four of the key players in the opium business in that country are senior members of the Afghanistan government. Also there are certainly many more government officials and government related bodies making a tremendous amount of money from the opium grown in Afghanistan, the world’s largest opium producer. 

       Whatever other reason the West gives for being in Afghanistan, it is certain that the opium trade want them to stay, they certainly don’t want the Taliban back. It should be remembered that up until we invaded Afghanistan the Taliban had wiped out opium production in that country, but strangely and co-incidentally it came back with a rush of success and mega opium-bucks began to change hands immediately after we invaded. As the slaughter of the Afghanistan people and the killing and maiming of British, NATO and US troops proceeds unabated, it’s business as usual for the opium millionaires wheeling and dealing under our protection. How do we come to understand the use of Western tax payers money to subsidise opium millionaires and flood the west with heroin? Only a perverse, corrupt system based on greed for profit, such as capitalism, could spawn such a bizarre and destructive scene.

          What ever guise war is dressed up in, it is always the same, war is the strong arm tactics of the state to back up the corporate world’s rape and plunder of poorer countries. The state and the corporate world live off each other, they are interdependent, they need us. We however don’t need them.

         We can build a new world structured on the needs of all our people and sustainability. A world of federated communities based on mutual aid, free from the corruptive force of profit, free from the greed of the corporate world and its parasitical shareholders. A stateless world of co-operation where borders are lost in the fog of history and differing cultures are seen as a welcome and colourful rich diversity.

         It can be their world of greed, profit, continued rape and plunder of the planet, exploitation, war and poverty, or it can be our world of voluntary co-operation, free association and mutual aid, planned on sustainability. An end to war, poverty and exploitation, a world we would wish for all our children and our grandchildren. However, they will not give it to us, we’ll have to take it.

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Myth Of The Brave Soldier.


 

     An article written some time ago by Mickey Z but I feel is worth repeating as it is still relevant today.

        In a recent correspondence, Adam Engel wrote: “One of the greatest myths about America is that it’s the ‘home of the brave.’ Once, perhaps, prior to 1492. Now, it’s most likely the greatest collection of cowards in the Milky Way Galaxy.” Engel specifically mentioned our lack of response to losing habeas corpus and to being both “subject to eternal imprisonment for liberating animals from vivisection labs” and “complicit in the murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Palestinians, Lebanese, Afghanis, South and Central Americans, Haitians etc. etc. etc.”
        He could’ve also included our acquiescence in a frighteningly broad range of areas, e.g. access to health care, tolerance for voting irregularities, directly funding the Israeli war machine, and stomaching the groupthink behind saluting a flag. Americans talk the talk but when ordered to remove their shoes before going through airport security, it’s “yes sir” all the way.
For the purposes of this article I’d like to highlight another area in which American bravery is lacking…an area I have touched on before: supporting the troops. As John Kerry’s recent episode demonstrated, one cannot appear to criticize the men and women in uniform without paying a high price. There are many who identify themselves as “anti-war” who will vigorously defend the troops. Even when faced with documented evidence of criminality, Americans still cannot summon the bravery to condemn the military. The excuse-making typically touches on these two areas:

         1. They were just following orders 2. Those who enlist do so for economic reasons
          The first line of defence flawed argument. Principle I of the Nuremberg Tribunal (1950) states: “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.” Principle IV adds: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.” And please don’t get me started on the Geneva Conventions.
        As for excuse 2, a recent New York Times editorial put that myth to rest. Authors Tim Kane and Mackenzie Eaglen “analysed demographic data on every single enlistee, not just a sample, and found that in terms of education, last year’s recruits were just as qualified as those of any recent year, and maybe the best ever. Over all, wartime recruits since 1999 are in many respects comparable to the youth population on the whole, except that they are on average a bit wealthier, much more likely to have graduated from high school and more rural than their civilian peers.” They also found that youths “from wealthy American ZIP codes are volunteering in ever higher numbers” while “enlistees from the poorest fifth of American neighbourhoods fell nearly a full percentage point over the last two years, to 13.7 percent. In 1999, that number was exactly 18 percent.”
           Are some of the American soldiers in Iraq there primarily for economic reasons? Sure. Did others sign up for a chance to shoot some towel heads? Probably. So, after factoring out these two relatively small groups and rejecting the immoral “only following orders” defence, the question remains: Exactly how are the men and women fighting in Iraq immune from any and all blame?

Mickey Z can be found HERE. 

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THIS GOD THING??


   credit to the cartoonist whose name I seem to have lost.

      To the faithful, God seems to be whatever they want Him to be. Of course the problem is when they insist we must want Him, and we must want Him to be whatever they want Him to be. Then there is their claim that their God is love, peace, compassion and understanding, yet if we look at most of the violent troubles in the world we find that they split down religious lines. Where did all that love, peace, compassion and understanding go?

        Within the Christian faith, interpretation of the Bible, (God’s sacred words) seems somewhat arbitrary. Women can be ordained, women can’t be ordained, Priests must be celibate, Priests needn’t be celibate. Some Bishops can find Biblical support for their belief that homosexuality is abhorrent and a sin. While other Bishops find support for their belief that same-sex love is a gift from God. However most have abandoned the Bible’s recommendation that neighbours who work on the Sabbath should be put to death. (Exodus xxxv – 2). Why are they selective, on whose authority do they uphold one recommendation yet abandon another?

       Perhaps the Bishops could clarify this position. Since they have all arrived at their conflicting beliefs through the same sacred words of God, what are the criteria for interpretation of the sacred words of God, for spotting the Holy Spirit in action, recognising sin and recognising gifts from God. Or are their ways of reaching their conflicting conclusions as mysterious as God’s?

         As rational human beings why do we need an infallible higher authority, shouldn’t we take responsibility for our own rules and actions? This would mean we are responsible for what we do and can’t hide under the banner of “doing God’s work” or “carrying out God’s words” With so many religions to choose from and each with its own infallible being at the top it is simply a case of our infallible being is more infallible than your infallible being. What is more the faithful are quite prepared to kill to prove this absurdity. Isn’t it time we stood up and said, “No Gods, no Masters and therefore no slaves.”

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