The Icelandic people have voted "NO" to repaying the €3.9 billion to Britain and Holland after the Icesave Bank crashed in October 2008. Why well done? Because money is a game with the rules written by the rich. It all seems fair to play musical chairs whilst you believe you have the advantage. It is ridiculous to suggest that some individuals can be paid massive salaries and huge bonuses for working at a job looking after other people's money and yet they are not held responsible for the massive losses and huge failures of their actions. It is bewilderingly stupid to expect the poor to be poor whilst the fat cats get richer and then when the fat cats fall foul of their own rules they simply steal the money from the poor people again pushing them deeper into poverty. They remain financially secure and happy on the backs of the population.
Is there any connection between this and the revolutions in the Middle East? Of course there is. The whole world is running a pyramid economy and the Arabs are somewhere near the bottom of the pile. The whole house of cards is coming down and people are beginning to refuse to accept the results of the rules which ultimately ensure that some people are very rich and the majority are nothing more than slaves to them.
The idea of suggesting that it is reasonable that you can borrow money because you are enticed and there is no other way to survive and then you can be charged interest at an unsustainable rate and eventually have to work more hours and more years and get less pension until you die would be laughable except for the fact that that is what it is all about. But it is far worse than that really. The people running the scams are doing it deliberately and they know that every time there is an avalanche they simply sidestep it and pass it down the line.
If I put my money in a bank and the bank goes bust my problem is with the company of men (cos it usually is men) who were running the bank and who lost my money. I don't want the bankers to live in their expensive houses and be working for another bank whilst the people in their country have to pay me with their money (that they haven't got). It is a ridiculous notion and if we continue along this path without making the bankers responsible for their actions there is only one inevitable end. Revolution in Iceland, revolution in Britain, revolution in Europe and in the USA (where the population is already armed!)
Part of what is driving this opposition to "austerity measures" around the world is the internet and the likes of WikiLeaks because it is becoming clear what nasty and tricky behaviour is going on in the higher echelons of power and money. It's all part of the evolution of the collective consciousness. Like in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya the people who are running the show will try their damndest to stifle the free flow of information in order to maintain the illusion to control the population for their own benefit. But like in those countries it cannot work. Once the proverbial cat is out of the bag there is no putting her back!
Britain and the United States are trying so hard even as I write to censor and control the internet. They will end up shooting people in the streets. Remember you heard it here first on Toxic Drums. What do you think they will do? Whilst they have your compliance of course they want to seem reasonable. Obama has recently repeatedly condemned imprisonment without trial and torture in the Middle East. Of course it all sounds great because it is appearing to echo the people's sentiments. What could he say? And yet Guantanamo is still operational, rendition is still seen as "expedient" and Bradley Manning is still being psychologically tortured without a trial. If their power base is threatened they will see their task (as they always do) as "helping" the poor stupid people by preventing them from shooting themselves in the feet by strong arm tactics "if necessary". In other words they will do everything they can to avoid revolt and that will lead to violent clashes.
We may well fear the revolutions in the Middle East over here in comfy Europe because if they manage to democratise they will not be so malleable and the Europeans will have to pay a fair price for oil (and chocolate). They will reasonably expect a piece of the old American Apple Pie and will take some of the wealth over to themselves. This will cost Europe and the USA. How are we going to manage? We are collapsing right now. There is talk of the recession being over. There are ideas about hard times with the assumption that they will be temporary. But they cannot be temporary under the current political and economic system. It is a one way ride and it has got to stop. It will stop either by sensible decisions now or it will simply crash and burn.
SENSIBLE DECISIONS NOW means that everybody stops supporting the oppressive and unfair "rules" whilst you still have the strength to do so. Everyone must stop being greedy. This doesn't mean that you middle class folk have to give up your second houses, your caravans, or your opulent lifestyle. This is not the usual lefty guilt trip issue. This means stop kidding yourself that the bosses will continue to look after you so long as you don't rock the boat. You are their lackeys, their saps, and they will murder you as soon as look at you if it is about their wealth. They are already stealing your pensions by reducing them and making you work more years. They will never give it back voluntarily. The thing is you have to start believing in the fairness and compassion that you treasure so much. You have to really believe it and make your voice heard when asked - like the Icelandic people! They fought for their political independence and freedom and now they are fighting for their economic independence and freedom.
So when the students go on the rampage again applaud them. They are simply fighting the debt slavery culture!
Thank you and goodnight.
(Oh - and please send me money I need it)