As the issues of the world continue to unfold, it can look like a glass half empty or a glass half full. I think we suffer from several classes of amnesia. In its shortest frame it called the 30 second average attention span that many from marketing and politics count on, or it is generational type, where none of the current generation remember the JFK assassination or the Vietnam War or dial phones for that matter. At the long end of the spectrum there is the ERA gap. You have to be a scholar to appreciate where we are now as compared to say 18th or 19th century is any terms you would like to measure. I think we can all agree on these points.
However, events unfolding here and now globally are not entering our consciousness by deliberate efforts of MSM to not report them, as they faithfully obey orders. The truth is people all over the world are beginning to free themselves from their economic bonds in the most miraculous ways. Isn’t strange that you are not hearing what is transpiring in Iceland, and are barely aware of the importance of what has happened with the elections in Greece and France?
As we begin the political debates in the US, in the most generalized of terms, the debate seems to be the arguments of AUSTERITY vs. SOCIALISTIC government. The inference is we need to cut deficits vs. spending on infrastructure and social programs that will generate jobs and much needed tax revenue. On its surface, that seems to be a logical argument, but when examined closely it is somewhat comparing apples to oranges. Isn’t it odd that you don’t seem at this moment to understand why not?
What has actually happened in the world after the 2008 crash was both philosophies were applied by various governments. So it seems also logical to look at the results so far. The EU and the UK applied severe austerity programs. These programs brought Ireland, Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal nearly to anarchy. Unemployment sky-rocketed, growth stagnated and even went negative. The austerity programs did not result in deficit reduction. Quite the contrary, deficits increased because tax revenue contracted dramatically. One only has to ask, who benefits from austerity programs?
Then, within the last year a revolution began. Not a revolution in the street, although riots in Greece, Spain, UK, Italy, Ireland, and the US with the Occupy Movement did occur, but within the political and governmental institutions. Iceland led the way.
In Iceland, the people have made the government resign, the primary banks have been nationalized, and by referendum, it was decided to not pay the debt that these political criminals created with Great Britain and Holland due to their bad financial policies. Further, a public assembly has been created to rewrite the constitution, and all of this was accomplished in a peaceful way. A whole country revolution against the powers that created the current global crisis in the first place. This is why there hasn’t been any publicity concerning this during the last two years.
This was accomplished by 25 citizens being chosen, with no political affiliation, out of the 522 candidates. For candidacy all that was needed was to be an adult and have the support of 30 people. The constitutional assembly started in February of 2011 to present the ‘carta magna’ from the recommendations given by the different assemblies happening throughout the country. It must be approved by the current Parliament and by the one constituted through the next legislative elections.
So in summary here are the accomplishments of the Icelandic revolution:
-resignation of the whole government
-nationalization of the bank.
-referendum so that the people can make the economic decisions of the country.
-incarcerating the responsible parties
-rewriting of the constitution by its people
WOW! Isn’t strange you hear nothing of this? Really if there is anything of reality left, one must at minimum begin to suspect we are “being managed”. However, enough people were following what was happening in Iceland and these past elections in Greece and France, the “Managers” were handed their heads. I think these ideas will spread to the rest of the EU and the UK this summer.
In the US, the debate seems more about empowering women and the LGBT population, or is that the distraction? All freedom and opportunity extends from economic freedom. THIS IS THEN THE DEBATE that needs to occur. While the US response so far to the collapse has been a mixed bag of spending and austerity, the gains have been better than going the other direction, but they are far from being enough.
What the Austerity camp says we have to respond to the reality of debt versus federal income and they would show a chart like this:
What that really means is this trend continuing:
Again, you have to ask the question “who benefits from federal deficits the most? You have to kind of link this concept to a seemingly disconnected reality. That reality is the question of who did the banks lose all those trillions of dollars to that WE made good? Who was the beneficiary of those loses? The money just doesn’t evaporate. When a JPM Chase says it “lost” $3 trillion in 6 weeks, it means they had to PAY someone $3 trillion dollars. Who was that? Hmmm.
It is all a rathole that is siphoning our money. We all know who the rats are and maybe it is time to look again at what has been accomplished in Iceland and adopt those kinds of approaches.