Line them up and re-educate them…
I hate the “I’m-a-hard-working-taxpayer-and-you’re-a-lazy parasite” mentality. …Hate, loathe, despise, detest! It must be eradicated! Line up and re-educate those who hold such views, I say.
“Noble, hard-working taxpayers”
What brought this fit of pique on? I switched on my radio this morning and caught the end of a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in discussion on the Occupy Glasgow protesters and whether they should be allowed even to continue their protest in the peripheral location to which they were recently moved. My blood pressure shot through the roof as I heard several callers dutifully recite the messages fed to them by the right-wing plutocrat-owned media: that the protesters were parasitic, lazy, good-for-nothing scum who should get jobs and not be provided with toilets and camping space by the City Council (and therefore by noble, hard-working taxpayers like themselves).
I had, of course, been aware (at least intellectually) of what a mountain of misinformation and ignorance there is to shift for most people’s eyes to be opened. However, hearing these views expressed so glibly and with such conviction by so many was disheartening and depressing in the extreme. I have been trying, in my own small way and for many years, to educate people as to what is going on with regard to power, money, wellbeing and the environment. There is so much concrete evidence out there as to the major flaws in our economic system and the huge injustices perpetrated, yet most people seem to remain ignorant of these. Yet again, therefore, I am offering a few thoughts as to how to get people to waken from their drugged state of Mammon-servitude.
Given that most people are slaving away to pay off their mortgages, credit cards, etc. and then too tired and/or stressed in their spare time to do more than (addictively) consume what they may not be able to afford in an attempt to fill the aching voids in their souls (did I put this strongly enough?), any attempt to alert them as to what is happening in the world must use the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid), which I would prefer to explain as “Keep It Simple and Short”). I also think it’s helpful to make no more than three main points in any one communication.
Three very short eye-openers to share: “Can you spare just ten minutes?”
With the above in mind, here is what I suggest we might try in order to get the “hard-working taxpayers” who despise the Occupy protesters to start thinking. Simply ask them to spend ten minutes watching/reading the following three things. (Ask if they are open-minded and willing to spend no more than ten minutes considering some evidence.)
- (1) 3 minutes and 8 seconds only! Get them to watch this short video (it’s from the Equality Trust website) but I am embedding it below. It outlines the hugely damaging effects of inequality on society and notes that the UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world.
- (2) 4 minutes and 15 seconds. Get them to watch this revelatory video on how debt is inevitably generated by our banking system.
I recently attended a talk by Ben Dyson of PositiveMoney on the above. I asked him to confirm that what he was saying was that the present monetary/banking system inevitably generated increasing economic inequality and instability. He said, “Yes”.
- (3) About 2 minutes. Please read what David Erdal says about the pay of those at the top of companies. It bears no relation at all to what they produce, people: the market for CEOs is rigged! The so-called “free market” does not exist.
Here it is, summarised:
- Inequality is associated with a vast range of societal ills, including crime, addiction and early death. The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world.
- A major cause of debt and inequality is our banking system. Commercial banks issue most of our currency as debt, enriching top bankers at the expense of everyone else. This system can be changed.
- Another major cause of inequality is that there is no free market when it comes to top pay. These guys scratch each others’ backs and are not subject to so-called “market discipline”.
“Hard-working taxpayers” are effectively slaves for the people at the top. This is unjust and is causing great misery for many. That is why the Occupy movement is protesting. We are doing it for you. We are doing it for almost everyone. We are the 99%. Please check all the above and join us, at least in spirit and by educating others, if not in any other way.
If you are interested in learning more, consider visiting the following:
loads of information on inequality presented in easy-to-understand graphs and videos
similarly accessible information on the monetary system and banking
search your local group, or start one yourself!
- Bruce K. Alexander’s The Globalization of Addiction, A Study in Poverty of the Spirit
- David Erdal’s Beyond the Corporation, Humanity Working
My own book
OK, it’s cheeky of me to mention this here, but my novel, Saving the World, (a political romantic comedy), attempts to describe global problems and offer a solution.) There are also some fun videos about it.
That’s all, folks! Please share this information and make your own suggestions as to how to open people’s eyes!