Hallelujah! Even The Telegraph Gets It! by Aengus Mac Og
Even the Telegraph carries a piece by Alex Proud today talking about inequality and the ‘callous’ rich, the causes and effects on society. by Aengus Mac Og
Response from one occupier as follows:
“These are the things we talked about at Occupy in 2011. We were, of course, demonised by the right wing press, pretty much all of it these days and denigrated by politicians. Boris famously said he thought we should all discover the joys of worshiping mammon. Of course he is a flag carrier for the rich, bankrolled by Goldman Sachs bankers and Russian oligarchs. We were of course threatened with arrest and infiltrated by government interns. I remember two of them joining a discussion once after which I caught them talking about meeting times with an MP the next day. I think they thought it was entertaining to do some protester bating/nipping it in the bud. And one has to ask why there was such an effort to stamp on a movement made up of a group of strangers who all felt that something was wrong with the economic system.
Well a few years on it becomes clearer by it was and is such a threat. I’m sure they’re reading every post and email I write. (hello!) The fact is that the system is totally corrupt and the inevitable consequence of this is to focus wealth into the hands of the very few at the expense of the very many. It’s not theory, this is real, as your article shows. The fact that they have become callous and so conspicuous with their consumption is a function of a couple of things I imagine, firstly the scale of their wealth that dwarfs that of previous generations and secondly a religion associated with that ‘worship’ of mammon, more akin to a fundamentalist belief in a Right wing doctrine. It’s an ideology with codes of behaviour and assumed attitudes. The rich are to be worshiped, we are different, we are more superior human beings, the rest are the poor people, the stupid, the weak, we deserve to be there, the rich deserve to be rich, we are better, they are stupid, we are not subject to laws, the poor people must be controlled, we do not answer to government, we control government, democracy is an illusion for those poor people.
Corruption conjures up the image of bankers lobbying politicians and that is most surely the case but, in the context of saying the system is corrupt, it might be more meaningful if you see it in the way a software programme if corrupt or a file is corrupt, you’ve all had the message. That’s what we talking about, it’s gone wrong and the result is the present. People despised Occupy for talking about the failings of capitalism but the output of the broken system is global society today. If we don’t fix it, it absolutely will get worse, a lot worse, there will be anger, civil unrest, war, which never really works out well.
In the knowledge that an uprising will come sooner or later, the bankers are buying ranches and islands with their own planes and landing strips. And so evolves the world of new tribes and island. The politicians are getting ready for a fight I’m sure. You want to know the future, just picture Boris’ shiny new water canon he bought last year ahead of government approval to use them. He will, he’s a zealot for the corporations and their super rich puppets, he’s a hire help for hedge funds. You wanna know the future, it’s blond as it turns out.
However we can avert the disaster, we can steer away from the iceberg. We can adopt a blanket new approach to economics whereby it equals out the relationship between commerce, government and the people. We can ensure that at the beginning of the 21st century, money does not vanquish mankind (well most of it). A few changes, a more progressive economic approach. Imagine the hatred if it was called PE!? But that’s what it is. It might include, for example, the banning of hedge funds and the trading of destructive derivatives, all of which make money from the reduction in value. So quite literally a very few people make huge profits from the rest of the world getting poor. It might involved a new contract between business and the people as to how one operates. It might prevent the operation of cartels in utilities and look at cross-border M&A legislation. It would of course stop the transfer of wealth from within a market to some 4th dimensional bank account via Starbucks and Amazon style tax evasion. It would place value on community. It might establish a sovereign wealth fund which provided funds for, I dunno, youth clubs, sports facilities. It might have something to say on the selling off of parks and our national parks. And it might have some pretty firm rules for bankers saying something along the lines of ‘no, you can’t fuck up our country anymore’. You want to talk about a new deal, well that’s the deal.
If we don’t stop and recognise the flaws in the system, and we let the engine churn out poisonous gas, then society (most of it) is just going to get more sick and degenerate. That’s no good for anyone including the oligarchs, you can’t hide from 7 billion people, or 8 or 9 or whatever it will be when the walls fall down.
Something to think about for the new Lords of the Mammon.”
Some of you may have seen a post this morning which was a response to a Telegraph piece about inequality and the ‘callous’ rich. In our post we talked about the detrimental effects of unbridled capitalism. This is the response from what we can only imagine is a banker following our post.
“God, I just saw you think we’re in ‘unbridled rampant capitalism’. We have more laws and regulation than ever before! Regulatory capture is the only thing that is rampant and unbridled.”
This happens a lot and I hope it gives you an idea of the depth of the problem we face. Bankers complain that there’s “no money in it anymore” because of regulation i.e. the regulation that had to be put in place to stop them from screwing over the world again. It’s like we paid them off and now we should let them off. Sorry we’re not a banker charity. It is also typical ‘aggressor victim’ behaviour. It’s a bit like hitting someone in the face and blaming the pub, or the victim, or the drink, or the chairs, or perhaps the sun, or maybe the broadcasting company you work for. Unsurprisingly this is followed by this stunning logic.
“I fail to understand people who complain about bankers while happily paying taxes for their bailouts and voting for bigger government over and over again. It’s the beaten-up girlfriend who keeps saying “Aww that government, he’s a good guy really, next time it’ll be different – I’ve just let him read all my private messages, listen to my phonecalls and take half my income, so we’ll get on great this time.”
There are so many things wrong with this last paragraph that I don’t know where to begin. “happily paying taxes” is amusing. As for the next part about the girlfriend, that is particularly screwed up. It is in fact an example of aggressor victim at work. It would appear in fact that we the people are to blame for the massive damage, death and destruction inflicted on a billion people. And amazing we go back for more. I don’t remember asking a banker to screw up the world again. I pity his partner if he has one. You know what’s coming.
Needless to say it’s best we don’t publish his name.