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.