I’m all for austerity. But it works this way.
We take the trillions spent on armaments, the military and slaughtering humans, and invest it in global infrastructure to responsibly manage and share water resources, to rebuild disintegrating sewer systems and build sewer systems where there are none; to fight pollution, to build roads and rail lines, to make higher education free for all who are bright enough; to build excellent hospitals where they are desperately needed; to feed the hungry, to bring peace and human-centred prosperity to everyone. That means every creed and religion, every ethnicity, every nation and gulag (i.e. the prison in which the Palestinians live, among others).
Austerity should apply to the present practice of funding what is destructive and detrimental to human quality of life, shifting it to caring for every single person on this planet, to allowing tribal peoples, indigenous peoples, the right to self government on their own lands; to stopping the rape of the planet’s forests; to funding alternative energy sources and R & D. All of this, and more, could be achieved with the shifting of the global ‘budget’ for military aims. It could create employment, globally, for millions upon millions, and help create a world economy, and thus sovereign economies, built on building, not destroying, on doing what we know are the right things, what science and thousands of years of human history tell us are the right things, the right ways, the right behaviours. That would be meaningful austerity. It puts to shame the toxic austerity-lie now being forced upon us and used to distort our thinking, to make selfish, petty cowards of us all. That would be austerity that ends the need for austerity of any other kind.
“When you’ve got a significant deficit, we have to be very, very careful with every dollar that we spend,” she said. “We are going through every line of every ministry and we are asking ourselves, ‘Are we getting best value, best outcomes for this money?’ So yeah, there will continue to be change.” So says Liberal, (Ontario) Deputy Premier Deb Matthews.
No change, just continued austerity. Because their priorities are not those of the people they ‘govern.’ Deficits don’t really matter a damn, and can be wiped out in an instant, were the banks, the IMF and others to change their priorities in favour of human health, quality of life, the environment, funding education and supporting human endeavour, etc. etc.
Macro-economics as practiced for centuries, is a lie, packaged as ‘science.’ Its rules have been invented and developed to Byzantine proportions and complexity by a self-serving bunch of power brokers. Once upon a time, they were at least honest about it – “You disobey us and we kill you, or enslave you.” Today, they won’t admit they are doing that. They are trying to sell us on their toxic game of ‘austerity’ so that the killing and crippling of the 99% becomes mere ‘collateral damage’ from trying to balance budgets. All of it, just one huge, obscene lie.
An interesting post from my friend Raj.
Humbling and Humility
Pillars of Creation (The Eagle Nebula, courtesy NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team)
On ‘Face the Nation’ again today, or was it ABC’s ‘This Week’ by George Stephanopoulos, I heard something bordering on sacrilege, blasphemy, but not heresy…for a secular, democratic, tolerant nation. A politician claimed, at prayer gathering where he announced exploring a run for the American presidency, something he believes is revealed in the last page of his good book: “Our God Wins.” As the program host questioned this potential candidate, I turned the idiot box off and moved on to more important things: feeding birds in my backyard, and doing my laundry.
I’d normally not pay any heed to politician-speak, but two things he said stuck in my mind, and need resolution. One, he mentioned spirituality, that we need a new spirituality in America. And two, that his god wins.
My laundry is drying out…I have a half…
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Whenever I watch anything about war, be it fiction or non-fiction, featuring North Americans, or any other soldiers on the planet, I am struck by one horrible, indefensible truth.
I am long past romanticizing war. The young men … the young and the foolish and brave men, barely past their teens or just into their twenties … believe with all of their hearts that they are acting in the best interests of their tribes.
Young men, whose hearts are in the right place, but who have yet to achieve total mental maturity, take up arms against others, others that they have been told either have something their country needs, or others who have a predetermined antipathy against their country.
Old men, men that could not be drafted into service, send these babes out in to the world, armed with little knowledge, but strong prejudices, drilled into them through…
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