March Against The Criminals

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Politics

Has the ‘March For A Future That Works’ achieved anything? Will it achieve anything? Was it even relevant?

Considering at least twice as many people attended the event  than they did any Premier League game (on a weekend when Manchester United were at home), unless we’re suddenly arguing that the national sport is of little cultural significance, then the vast crowd that turned up to make a noise from The Embankment to Hyde Park –  and not forgetting Glasgow and Belfast – were the weekend’s real deal.

But it won’t make the government change course. So what was the point?

‘March For A Future That Works’ let all those people who can see through the austerity scam know that they’re not isolated, despite what Tory TV and the rabid right’s papers tell us. We’re not alone, even if we’re not all in it together. Everybody got a chance to meet up and to peacefully let off steam. Everybody got a chance to take stock. To build?

One thing that strikes me – after travelling home from London and reading several comments posted under various articles quickly floating down the misinformation highway – is that, beyond a few sound bites, the members of the public who are pro-austerity  are very, very confused. After making a few inarticulate points about ‘tightening our belts’ and bonds, they soon reduce themselves to irrational, hate-filled tirades against ‘scroungers’. Meanwhile, those in positions of power want us to unquestioningly accept anything they say. No surprise there, then.

Austerity is a crime.

Cut back several years to the financial crash and subsequent meltdown. Global capitalism’s elite, having believed their own hype about their infallible, godlike qualities, spectacularly screwed up. They proved that the deregulated, neoliberal system was never anything more than a catastrophe in-waiting.

Yet, while greed-driven, fraudulent dealing had become a constituent part of a hopelessly corrupt system,  the ultra-rich criminals did not ‘Go Straight To Jail’. Of course not. They’d so utterly monopolised power they could simply ‘Pass Go’ and collect a whopping handout, otherwise known as a bail-out, courtesy of the taxpayer. They never intended to pay it back. International con-artistry is great work if you’re privileged and immoral enough to get it.

But they also had to get away with it. Enter the criminal conspiracy a.k.a austerity.

Boiled down to the bare bones, it’s easy enough to understand. And the bankers,  free-market fiddlers,  right-wing politicians and media magnates really are all in this one together. Shame on the BBC for supporting the New Aristocratic Order.

What does the scam involve?

Well, in this country at least, when they couldn’t convince enough of the public to vote for their madness – and make no mistake the Tory party exist solely for the capitalist elite’s benefit –  they made backroom deals with a lesser, insincere political party, desperate for a few minor cabinet posts, chauffeurs and big black government motors. They used fear. Rumours. Lies. And they used their pals who own the mainstream media to convince enough frightened  members of the public that there is ‘no alternative’ to such a drastic plan. Pretty bog-standard Machiavellian stuff, some might say.

Whatever. The backroom deal rolls into action. State institutions that were originally intended to tackle inequality are sold off to racketeers, while the people’s democratically won rights and benefits are trampled underfoot…

Wait on. If everybody is so skint, who can afford to buy institutions like the NHS?

The same casino capitalism conmen who  received massive state handouts or the greedy multinational wretches who have avoided paying any real amount of tax for decades. The very same class who screwed up is to emerge owning everything.

Like all great criminals, the capitalist elite know the importance of keeping the actual scam simple. Just keep moving wealth to the already rich. That’s it. It’s the cover story that they attempt to complicate so as to bamboozle their victims, throw them off the scent, and reduce resistance. Make victims feel like they’re being saved.

That’s austerity. A whopping, evil crime.

20 October 2012 has given all those opposed to the crime of austerity a chance to regroup, individually and collectively.

It’s not an argument about whether some cuts are more viable than others. It’s about making the masses realise they’ve been targeted by ruthless international criminals.           Image

  1. Steven says:

    There’s always a choice. The decision to give the richest earners in the country a huge tax cut was a choice. The refusal to hit the fianancial sector with a small tax on financial transactions which would bring in billions to the treasury thus saving a huge swathe of cuts to the public sector (Robin Hood tax) is a choice. Turning a blind eye to the tax dodging of multibillion pound multi nationals is a choice……….The Tories are choosing to hit the ordinary working people of the country for the mistakes of the ‘international criminals’. Yesterday was about opening more eyes to the lie that there is no choice. Respect to all the marchers.


  2. N@ says:

    Hmm… Ok, so you don’t agree with the policy of austerity – that is: using fiscal policy to reduce national debt in order that money saved in reduced interest payments can be used in more beneficial ways and in the belief that too much debt restricts growth. That’s fair enough, many – perhaps most, economists would (these days) agree that a return to growth is more likely to occur through increased, rather than decreased government spending, even if that means going further into debt in the short term.
    Then you start decrying the sell off of national assets like the NHS. Ok, that’s a bad thing if price competition is allowed to affect decision making (and for many other reasons), but I see that as separate from the austerity argument in as much as the Tories would be trying to privatise everything they can irrespective of the economic climate (as did New Labour). Perhaps the recession provides more of an excuse but this is really more about the fundamental ideologies of our political leaders than about a response to current financial problems.
    So now we get to the nub of it. Fundamental ideologies – and it is here that I start to have a real problem (and it is me that has the problem, I’m not putting this back on you or your writings). The austerity argument is all about what is the best way to return to a condition of constant growth in GDP – but surely that is the very problem. The fact that we inhabit an economic system that absolutely relies on constant growth is not only unsustainable but, in my opinion, is inherently regressive – concentrating wealth in small pockets at a faster rate than the increase in overall standards of living (whether measured in purely monetary terms or otherwise).
    Unfortunately, the current, capitalist system is more or less universal around the globe and is the only non-interventionist system we have for distributing wealth. I truly believe that the time has come for change but I don’t know what we should be changing to. Possibly a truly democratic form of communism could work but there isn’t a cat’s chance in Hell that I’ll see that happen in this country in my lifetime.
    Perhaps the best we can hope for is that the governors of the current system are held to best behaviour – and I guess that is what your blog is mostly about. But to do this we have to choose our battles carefully and be absolutely sure of what we’re fighting for. Adherence to the law (e.g. banking regulations) should be able to be taken for granted but good laws themselves are much slipperier beasts. It’s usually easy to spot a bad one when companies can legally ship profits off shore to avoid taxes, for instance, but much harder to draft a good one in the first place – especially when companies operate internationally but legal jurisdictions don’t.
    I marched on Saturday because I – like you – believe that the ideologies behind the current government are wrong. Because I believe that the wealth of the nation (the world) should be spread as evenly as possible. Because I believe the job of the cleaner is as valuable as the job of the manager and because I believe that feeding, clothing, educating and housing everyone properly is more conducive to a peaceful life than patrolling the oceans with nuclear armed submarines.
    But I balk at overly demonising those who benefit unduly from our broken system unless they are actually breaking laws or knowingly drafting bad ones. Of course that goes on but I am convinced that the main problem is that our whole economic system is no longer fit for purpose and that much of the inequality and injustice we see is simply an inevitable result of that.
    Keep up the good work.

    • luckdial says:

      Cheers for reading, Nat. This has got to be a short response because I’m in a bit of a rush. All over the world, from the vicious tragedy of Chile onwards, there’s heaps of evidence to suggest that the neoliberal enterprise of globalisation has been complicit in mass murder not only downright corrupt activity. Profit over human life and democracy all the way. The illegal rape of Iraq being one of the most infamous incidents of recent years, but, of course, there’s many other incidents.

      And yes, the international bankers, free-market men and multinationals have jumped in, feet first, no questions asked. Let’s make a quick buck – who cares how many lives are ruined? Am I supposed to feel sorry for these people? It’s no use just blaming the system – it reflects powerful people’s values. If these people don’t change then the system will always be screwed. The same old vicious circle. Which is where we are with the cuts thing. Take from the poor and give to the rich. The brute ideology is the economic strategy.

      I’ll make no apologies for calling thieves and murders criminals. This isn’t an Enid Blyton novel where it’s impossible for the middle and upper classes to be anything other than jolly good people.

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