Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Nuclear non-proliferation

"Those states which did not possess nuclear weapons would not seek to acquire them. In return, the states which already possessed them - the US, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom - would "pursue negotiations in good faith ... on general and complete disarmament". Libya is now in conformity with international law. The United Kingdom is not." 1

" If a nation like Britain, whose prime minister poses as a broker of peace and disarmament, has abandoned the non-proliferation treaty, is installing the capacity to build a new generation of nuclear weapons, has asserted the right to strike pre-emptively and is beginning, in short, to look like a large and well-armed rogue state, then what possible incentive do other nations have to abandon their weapons?" 1

"When your enemies are suicide bombers, and...have no direct connection to a nation state, mutually assured destruction ceases to be a useful threat. Your intransigence merely encourages proliferation elsewhere, and so enhances the possibility that nuclear material will fall into the hands of terrorists. The more we assert our strength, the more vulnerable we become" 1

1. Mark Thomas, 30th Marth 2004. The British Threat.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Marx

"Traditional Marxists argue that politics in a capitalist society is characterised by the exploitation of the proletariat by the bougeoise." 1

"Marx predicted that class expolitation would be overthorn by a proletarian revolution." 1

1. Andrew Hanward, 2002. Politics.

Politics and Private Life

Politics is "power structured relationships, arrangements where by one group of persons is controlled by another." 1

"The personal is the political" 2

1. Kate Millet
2. Andrew Hayward, 2002. Politics.

Politics

"Politics in it sbroadest sense, is the activity through which people make, preserve, and ammend the general rules under which they live." 1

1. Andrew Hayward, 2002. Politics.

Boredom

Boredom is not an activity, but a state of mind. The person who is bored is the cause of the boredom.
"There is no they" - Oliver Dungey, March 2004.

Friday, March 26, 2004

World Bank IMF and WTO

"World Bank and IMF have 1 one 1 vote. 85% majority needed. USA holds more than 15% which is effectively a veto." 1

1. George Monbiot, 2003. Age of Consent.

Media

"The majority of the media limits our political choices by mis-representing them." 1

1. George Monbiot, 2003. Age of Consent.

Communism

"With regards to communism, who guards the guards (leaders)." 1

"Communism in its simplest sense, is the communal organization of social existance on the basis of collective ownership of property." 2

1. George Monbiot, 2003. Age of Consent.

2. Andrew Hayward, 2002. Politics.

Trade

"If we accept that preventing trade with Iraq impoverishes and in many ways threatens life of the people, we must also accept that a global cessation of most kinds of trade would have the same effect but on a greater scale." 1

1. George Monbiot, 2003. Age of Consent.

Democracy

"The feedback to the democratic party in power is through elections." 1

"Democracy reflects the interests of the majority. What does it do to the minority?" 1

"Democratic restraints stop a democracy attacking people within, but not people/nations outside its borders." 1

"A democracy can be understood as a self refining experiment in collective action." 1

"Democracy has the potential to be politicallly engaging." 1

"Democratic choice is reduced as a result of te constraints introduced by migration of power to the global sphere." 1

"Consumer democracy. One dollar one vote. This is bad." 1

"Representation without participation is clumsy. Partial participation without representation is dictatorship." 1

Marjority democracy or concensus democracy?



1. George Monbiot, 2003. Age of Consent.

United Nations

United Nations

"The five UN security council members that have the power of veto, the ones that decide how threats are handled are the five nations that pose the most serious threat to the rest of the world."

1. George Monbiot, 2003. Age of Consent.

Happiness

"The third form of happiness, which is meaning, is again knowing what your highest strengths are and deploying those in the service of something you believe is larger than you are. " 1

Happiness should be given to others rather than taken for yourself.

1. Martin Seligman

Competition in Society

From an early age competative values are forced onto people. This is done through sports (winning), education (obtaining better grades than you mate). This is bad and in latter life people's competative nature is used to create success at the expense of other people (winners and losers).

Collaboration, team work and sharing should be encouraged, with the problem as the opponent.

"It's not about being right or wrong, it's about working together, sharing information and learning. You asked the question, I answered it. Good team work I'd say. We are both winners, but neither without the other" 1

"Everything is a competition...Evolution is a competition..." 2

Not any more. We have evolved to the top of the food chain. The only competition is against ourselves, which is pointless. We need to move to a post-evolution way of living.

"At present the logic of capital means that an 'advance' has to be implemented whatever its costs, lest a rival company or country develops it first and swamps us with missiles or cheaper consumer goods." 3

1. Rob White, April 2004.
2. James Adams
3. Derek Wall, 1990. Getting There, Green Print.

Localization

"The most obvious benefits of localization are:

(1) It protects local industries and economies from being undercut and undermined by distant competitors and global forces beyond their control.

(2 It prevents land-use systems, which are dependent upon these local economies, from collapsing.

(3) It helps people maintain control over their local natural resources. As George has himself reported, when crops are grown for export, peasants tend to be dispossessed of their lands by large commercial interests.

(4) It prevents wealth being siphoned away from the locality by distant interests or amorphous corporations. The more distant the market, the less the primary producer is likely to receive out of the final retail price and the more is likely to go to middlemen.

(5) It is easier to take stock of the environmental, social and animal welfare impacts of any product if it is derived locally. The UK government recognizes this under what it terms ³informed consent².

(6) It safeguards cultural diversity. Cultures and societies are defined to a large degree by what they produce and consume from the land and resources around them. Globalized trade destroys these differences and leads ultimately to one global McCulture.

(7) It promotes human-scale social structures. Localization rejects economies of scale in favour of economies of distribution, leading to more human-scale corporations and institutions, less division of labour and factory-style conditions. Lots of little brothers, instead of one big one.

(8) Reduced transport. Localization leads to reductions in carbon emissions, pollution and other transport impacts in respect of road and air freight (less so in respect of waterborne goods). In particular it cuts out the absurdity of ³cross haulage² (ferrying separate consignments of an identical product in opposite directions). " 1

"George Monbiot opposes localization because he thinks it will prevent poor countries becoming wealthier . . ." 1

"Localization doesn¹t, on its own, explain how the poorest countries can obtain the resources necessary to bring their standard of living and opportunity up onto a level with ours, even if ours should diminish to sustainable levels." 1

"However, if we accept that localization does not in itself satisfactorily address the issue of inequality between nations, it does not necessarily follow from this that localization is incompatible with a programme that does address this inequality." 1

"Here is a list of some of the main categories of potential wealth transfer from rich to poor countries consistent with a programme of localization;

- Processed materials. A key principle of fair trade is that added value through processing should generally take place in the country of origin of the materials, particularly where it is ergonomically or ecologically preferable (in line with the proximity principle). So coffee gets made into instant coffee in Tanzania or Mexico; timber is sawn into planks or made into plywood in Russia or New Guinea, rather than exported to timber-deficient countries as logs; copper wire could be manufactured in Zambia; West African bauxite could be turned into aluminium in West Africa, with West African oil or possibly solar energy; Third World oil could be refined or converted into plastics in Nigeria or Azerbaidjan, rather than exported as crude. All of this is consistent with localization policies: local industries typically grew up around a key resource, or a happy conjunction of two, such as grass, water power, woodland, iron ore deposits, or coal. George doesn¹t mention this at all.

- Specialist and quality goods. These are goods whose high quality or cultural distinction would allow them to remain competitive even if tariffs were imposed (eg Cuban and Indonesian cigars, oriental carpets, local crafts and textiles, Austrian scythe blades and Ferraris.) George doesn¹t mention this either.

- Tourism. Tourism is becoming increasingly important as a means of transferring wealth from North to South, and is expected to be the world's largest industry bt 2010. . A lot of its effects are extremely undesirable, both socially and environmentally. But an economic system which gave local people greater control over what sort of tourism they found acceptable would almost certainly improve matters. Once again, George doesn¹t mention tourism

- Economic Migrants. If rich people are allowed to travel round the globe for leisure purposes, then why should not poor people be allowed to travel for work purposes? ³Everything has been globalized except our consent² is the opening sentence of The Age of Consent; but George forgets that labour has not been globalized either. The WTO forces countries to open up their borders to goods, but not to migrants . If there were a free trade in labour the differences in wealth between countries would fade away in a very short time ‹ but there would be a host of other problems! To parrot George¹s phrase, there is no argument founded on justice for permitting corporations to sell their products wherever they like whilst preventing people from selling their labour wherever they like. It means that corporations can play the labour market to their advantage, but people can¹t. If justice is your aim, you must either allow free movement of goods and free movement of people ‹ or neither. As the Tupamaros used to say ³Everyone dances . . . or no one dances.²

- Aid. George does mention aid: ³Redistribution is simply not going to happen through aid . . . But even if, in a sudden fit of compassion, the rich world were to start pouring its money freely into the hands of the poor, this would merely trap the poor nations in patronage, dependency and blackmail . . .There has been a great deal of talk within the global justice movement of the need to compensate the poor world for centuries of colonial plunder, slavery and environmental destruction. But some of the proposals raised appear paternalistic: the rich world should forgive the debts of the poor world, or should raise significantly the aid it provides. What better compensation could there be than to permit the poor world to pursue its own path to development, if necessary at the expense of the rich world?² " 1

"Colin Hines¹ book calls for a ³redirection of aid, geared to help the rebuilding of local economies, rather than international competitiveness.² He cites land reform, micro credit , energy conservation, waste reduction, public transport systems, food production on allotments and wasteland and enhanced lobbying power for community groups as being suitable targets for aid. George gives no reasons or evidence as to why aid directed towards the empowerment of local self-reliant communities could not be an effective way of transferring wealth from North to South." 1

"Who will produce all these cheap goods once everyone is rich,? The people of China and Ethiopia ‹ however much money they may claw back from us ‹ can never enjoy the abundance that we do because there will be no further pool of cheap labour to manufacture their shoes and washing machines and answer their telephone enquiries at a fraction of their minimum wage. (but massive increase in living standards there) To become as wealthy as we are in the North, poor countries don¹t simply have to become free from exploitation; they have to have someone else to exploit. The advocates of unbridled trade are purveyors of illusions: the illusion that there are limitless resources somewhere the other side of the blue mountains; and the illusion that one day all the worlds¹ people will be able to enjoy the abundance that comes from exploiting a distant proletariat." 1

"The transfer of wealth from nation to nation, may seem important in remedying global inequalities, but it is far more important to make sure that all people have access to land, shelter, education, health care, shared transport, local food and some imported food for things they can't grow." 2

1. Simon Fairlie, 26th March 2004. Battle of the Manifestos, Chapter 7 debate.
2. Jyoti Fernandes, , 26th March 2004. Battle of the Manifestos, Chapter 7 debate.
Clip the wings of capital.

Re-branding the Trade Justice Movement

Most people inthe world have begun to realize the need for justice in the trade of physical items (event he government). However the trade in money is far more damaging to the developing world than the trade in physical items! People need to be educated of this. Should the trade justice movement therefore be re-branded to the "monetary Justice Movement"?

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Lower Road Speeds

Imposing substantially lower road speeds, (as well as reducing accidents?) would make traveling by car less appealing as journies would take longer. This would move people onto public transport.

This wouldn't have too negative an impact on people who have to use cars (disabled, people living int he country etc).

Corporate Responsibility and Accountability

"The [proposed] Bill would make companies report on their social and environmental impact, and place a duty of care on campany directors, not jsut to return a profit to shareholders, but to care for the environment and society...Companies would be forced to give an accurate account of their behaviour. If their products were driving deforestation in Indonesia, biodiversity loss in the UK, slave labour in Guatemala, or illegal mining inthe Congo, they would have to say so. And once they admit it, they would have to do something about it." 1

Robin Webster, Spring 2004. Shopping the planet wreckers, Earth Matters Issue 57.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Vivisection

"Identical twins often react differently to the same drug, and usually suffer from different diseases. If human twins cannot predict each others' responses, how can we expect monkeys to be reliable models for humans?" 1

1. Ray Greek, March 2004. Cambridge vivisection lab abandoned, The Ecologist.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Military Intervention

"The second argument against intervention is that it will only ever be exercised against the weak. As David Rieff points out, it is impossible to conceive of force used against Russia on behalf of the Chechens, or against China on behalf of the Tibetans." 1

"One choice, always, is to follow the Hippocratic principle: 'First, do no harm.' If you can think of no way to adhere to that elementary principle, then do nothing." 2

"...as soon as we accept that an attack by a powerful nation against a weak one is legitimate, we open the door to any number of acts of conquest masquerading as humanitarian action. As Chomsky points out, Japan claimed that it was invading Manchuria to rescue it from "Chinese bandits"; Mussolini attacked Abyssinia to 'liberate slaves'; Hitler claimed he was protecting the peoples he invaded from ethnic conflict." 3

"Surely then we need a new UN charter, not just to save the oppressed from the likes of Saddam Hussein, but also to save both humanitarianism and world peace from the likes of George Bush. We need a charter which permits armed intervention for humanitarian purposes, but only when a series of rigorous tests have been met, and only when an overwhelming majority of all the world's states have approved it. We need a charter which forbids nations with an obvious interest in the outcome from participating." 1

You can always do more though. Sending in unarmed peacemakers, and educators. However, this would be a slow process to bring about change and lots would be killed!

1. George Monbiot, 23rd March 2004. A Charter to Intervene. www.monbiot.com
2. Noam Chomsky, 9th April 1999. Judge the US by deeds, not words. New Statesman.
3. Noam Chomsky, ibid.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Tobin Tax - from http://www.ceedweb.org/iirp/factsheet.htm

A Tobin Tax is a simple sales taxes on currency trades across borders.

- Currency speculators trade over $1.8 trillion dollars each day across borders. The market is huge, and volatile.
- Each trade would be taxed at 0.1 to 0.25 percent of volume (about 10 to 25 cents per hundred dollars)
- This would discourage short-term currency trades,about 90 percent speculative, but leave long-term productive investments intact.
- The currency market would thus shrink in volume, helping to restore national economic autonomy. Nations again could intervene effectively to protect their own currency from devaluation and financial crisis.
- Billions in revenue, estimated at $100 - $300 billion per year, would be generated.
- Revenue could go into earmarked trust funds to fund urgent international priorities.
"MPs and councilors should be forced to ravel by public transport, use the NHS, government schools etc." - Kathleen James

Political Whip System

At national level, you are no longer electing a person, but a party.

The whip system in the major parties forces people to tow the party line (the Green Party has no whi system or equivelant).

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Dollar is the main worlds reserve currency

The USA in her unique position as the issuer of the world's main reserve currency, means that her currency has, to date, been protected from the ravages of global and financial markets.

International Economics

"In the textbook model of the internatinoal economey, exchange rates are largely determined by imports and exports of goods and services. Poor countries will import more than they export, and will borrow from abroad to finance this gap. When the current account deficit gets too large, the currency starts to depreciate, increasing exports and reducing imports until a balance is restored.


But under financial liberalisation, through the globalisation process, has meant that exchange rates are no longer determined by the physical movement of goods and services, but by flows of capital...But the implications fo this new paradigm are that imbalances on the trade balance are often reversed through financial crises rather than gradual adjustment."

1. The new economics foundation, April 2002, The United States as a HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Country).

Pricing models

If you can afford to pay, pay, if you can't then its your for free.

Farming, Famine, Feeding the Third World

"There will never be any other industry that can employ as many people as farming". 1

"To be sure, farms need to be run as businesses. The peasant agriculture of Russia was primitively capitalist and worked far better than Stalin's collectives." 1

"The modern business model demands maximum generation of cash and profit, all driven by maximum competition. No one sensible denies that cash is necessary. Profit is not bad per se. Competition is an antidote to complacency. What is wrong is the stress on maximum." 1

Shortfall [of food production] is disastrous, locally and globally, but overproduction runs a close second to it. It leads to a glut. When prices plummet. Consumers might benefit in the short term, but if the farmers go bust, everybody loses in the long run." 1

1. Colin Tudge, March 22 2004, New Statesman.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

National Political Issues

"Issues that matter to the people of this country - food, transport and public services, social inclusion and human rights, planning and the environment, asylum and immigration." 1

"The Green Party is committed to accountable and transparent politics," 2

1. Jean Lambert, 17th March 2004, LAUNCH OF GREEN EURO-MPS' END OF TERM REPORT SHOWS HOW GREENS HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE, Green PArty Press Release.

2. Caroline Lucas, 17th March 2004, LAUNCH OF GREEN EURO-MPS' END OF TERM REPORT SHOWS HOW GREENS HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE, Green PArty Press Release.

Al-Qaeda Aims and Objectives

In an al-Qaeda house in Afghanistan, New York Times reporters found a brief statement of the “Goals and Objectives of Jihad”:

1. Establishing the rule of God on earth
2. Attaining martyrdom in the cause of God
3. Purification of the ranks of Islam from the elements of depravity

In 1998, several al-Qaeda leaders issued a declaration calling on Muslims to kill Americans—including civilians—as well as “those who are allied with them from among the helpers of Satan.”

Al-Quaeda are using globalization to defeat globalization.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Trade

"Whoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world and hence the world itself." 1

1. Sir Walter Raleigh

Supermarkets

"Each year a typical UK family generates 4.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide from their house, 4.4 tonnes from their car and 8 tonnes from the production, processing and packaging of the food that they eat". 1

1. Zac Goldsmith, March 2004, Why I hate Supermarkets, Earth Matters Issue 56.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Food

"Food accounts for 12% of jobs, 12% of household waste, and has a hugeimpact on tourism, and therefore on the ecomony." 1

1. Jenny Jones, Winter 2004, Green Food, Green World Issue 43.

Nuclear

"A nuclear war cannot be won and must neer be fought." 1

1. Mikhail Gorbachev

GNP or ISEW

"GNP is simply a gross tally of the financial value of all products and services bought and sold. There is no account taken of hidden costs, or distinction made between transactions that add to well-being, and those that diminish it:clearing up after major oil spills, or fighting wars, are great news for the GNP, but hardly for human well-being." 1

"The Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) attempts to measure the true state of people's well-being by correcting GDP over a range of issues, such as income inequality, environmental damage, and the sepletion of environmental assets." 1

1. Caroline Lucas, Winter 2004, Interview with Caroline Lucas by Derek Wall.

Change

"Be the change you want to see in the world." 1

1. Ghandi

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Prioritization of Work

The first time someone asks you to do something. Don't do it on the basis that if its important they'll ask you again.

Exploitation

"It took the exploitation of half the globe to make Britain what it is. How many globes would it take India to do the same?". 1

1. Ghandi

Overconsumption

"Quality of life isn't the same as consumption and that beyond a certain point consumption makes us worse off, not better". 1

Our over-consumption in the UK can be shown by our Ecological Footprint. This means the amount of land needed to produce the resources we consume. There are 1.7 hectares available per person on the planet (is this including the oceans???). The worldwide average is 2.3. The UK figure is about 5, and the USA figure is about 10. (From the 1997 study ‘Ecological Footprints of Nations’ on the website www.bestfootforward.com)

"20 per cent of the Earth's population currently consumes over 80 per cent of available resources. Whilst most Westerners lead lives of unprecedented material comfort fuelled by spiralling consumption patterns, 1.3 billion people exist on less than US$1 per day." 2

"Compared to the average citizxen of India, the average US citizen uses 50 times more steel, 56 times more energy, 170 times more synthetic rubber, 250 times more motor fuel, and 300 times more plastic." 3

1. Roger Levett, 11 March 2004, A rave review from Roger Levett (published in EG magazine), http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1853835110/ref=ed_ra_of_dp/202-1775575-1928651.
2. Earthscan, Tomorrow's World Summary, http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=1918.
3. Derrick Jensen, March 2004. Most discussion of population misses the point. The earth simply cannot support our lifestyle, The Ecoligist.

New Economics

"Our leaders still treat economic growth as the main and overriding goal for society". 1

"Growth for the sake of growth is the idelogy of the cancer cell". 2

"Economic growth is only worth having if it makes people better off". 1

"Roll back the market as far as it will go" 3

1. Simon Bullock, February 2004, An ABC of New Economics. Change Your World.
2. Edward Abbey
3. Derek Wall, 04 April. Green Party Economics Day.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Loss

"I always drank from that cup as though it were already broken." - Unknown

"Venerate the things and people you love with your caring while appreciating them in the manner that only feeling their loss can provide" - Phillip Moffitt, Paying the Boatman

Fear

There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Turn to the lawyers for justice - Stephen grey

When governments are so feeble, unions so weak and corporations so powerful, we should welcome the "compensation culture"

Thirty years of compensation litigation [in America] has forced manufacturers to re-engineer their products and make them the most consumer-friendly in the world.

[In the UK]...the introduction of no win, no fee was followed by the withdrawal of legal aid for most personal injury cases.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Deep Ecology - Stephan Harding and Arne Naess

1. All life has value in itself, independent of its usefulness to humans.

2. Richness and diversity contribute to life's well-being and have value in themselves.

3. Humans have no right to reduce this richness and diversity except to satisfy vital needs in a responsible way.

4. The impact of humans in the world is excessive and rapidly getting worse.

5. Human lifestyles and population are key elements of this impact.

6. The diversity of life, including cultures, can flourish only with reduced human impact.

7. Basic ideological, political, economic and technological structures must therefore change.

8. Those who accept the foregoing points have an obligation to participate in implementing the necessary changes and to do so peacefully and democratically

Artificially Managed World

The line of thought that says we should increase in numbers, material wealth and ease will lead us to an artificialy managed world.

GMOs

With selective breeding you are still operating within the confines of nature. With genetic engineering there are no limits.

"The biotech companies are not interested in whether or not science is flourishing or people are starving. They simply want to make money. The best way to make money is to control the market. But before you can control the market, you must first convince the people that there's something else at stake [scientist and researchers leaving the UK, or resolving world hunger]." 1

"This new wonder-crop [Chardon LL T25] is coming to us from the test tubes of Bayer CropScience, and will supposedly only be fed to animals- who luckily for Bayer can't say no!". 2

"Today's GM crops and those in the pipline are not intended primarily to raise total output or quality, but to make it easier to mass-produce crops with minimum labour". 3

"Present day genetically manipulated organisms are not intended primarily to feed people, but to give power to the corporations that develop them." 4

1. George Monbiot, 9th March 2004, Seeds of distraction, Guardian.
2. SchNEWS, 12th March 2004, MAIZE OF LIES, SchNEWS Issue 445.
3. Colin Tudge, March 2004, Golden Goose or GM Turkey, Earth Matters Issue 56.
4. Colin Tudge, March 22 2004, New Statesman.
""If we want local democracy, our locally elected representative bodies must be able to levy local taxes to provide the money for the local services that we want" - Muriel Parsons

Israel

"We need to build bridges, not walls". 1

"Israel is the guard dog of America's plans for the Middle East." 2

1. Caroline Lucas on the Israeli wall
2. John Piliger, 22nd March 2004, New Statesman.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Strength of Mind - Aadil Palkhivala

Mental flexibility is so important for our growth, [however if we are not careful] we can find ourselves trapped in a world where everything is relative, all options are valid, and decisions are nearly impossible.

As we learn different truths, we must be able to discern between them and clearly discriminate whether an alleged truth is appropriate for our own practice...This is strength of mind.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

"The world is in a dangerous situation...It is not that we may simply blow up the planet with nuclear bombs, strangle ourselves with over-population, destroy natural resources through poor conservation, or ruin the soil and its products with improperly understood chemicals and pesticides... The problem is more basic: the root of the matter is the way in which we feel and conceive of ourselves as human beings; our sensation of being alive, of individual existence and identity." - Alan Watts

CO2 Emissions

Together, electricity and heat production constitute the worlds single largest source of carbon emission (39%).

Transport is the fastest growing contributer to global warming, and the second largest source of carbon dioxide (24%).

Rights

Humans have rights. Should the planet, animals and plants not have rights as well?

The need for law

Not all people will act responsibly and in the interest of the whole. Therefore laws are necessary to force people down a certain path.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Do you work for the company or does the company work for you?

EU

The nation state has outlived its usefulness.

EU seeks peace and prosperity through a free trade market.

The main problem with the EMU and single currency, is trying to apply one set of monetary rules to such a large and diverse number of countries.

The EU strives for Economic competitiveness and Environmental sustainability. These two goals are conflicting.

The MEP voting system is a proportional voting system. The UK is broken down into regions.

The EU is well placed to tackled European issues such as the environment, human rights, immigration, travel, how-ever it shouldn't be used to regulate local issues.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Feminism or the other way

There has been a gross sexulisation of popular culture.

The unrealistic, impossible standards of female beauty are a destuctive social control.

Outsourcing

In India a teacher gets paid 35p and an outsourced worker gets £140. This isn't good for Indians as teachers, nurses, engineers, even doctors will inevitably be tempted away from more socially useful emplyment.

There is no reason why an Indian worker, working for a Brisish company shouldn't be protected by British employment law.

Refugees

Prosporous countries such as Britain live off the backs of a new proletaria.

If they were specially lazy, they would have stayed at home. In reality the welfare seekers are far exceeded by the work-seekers.

The welfare state doesn't draw them here, the bouyant economey does.

Illegal migration simply pushes newcomers to the margins of society, and well beyond the reach of any solidarity.
Krugman describes his four principles of research as "listen to the Gentiles, question the question, dare to be silly and simplify, simplify".

Look out for the Black spot!

The mental environment

Social conditioning

"In the end the resistance was known for one thing - they simply would not participate. Not in the 24 hour economy, the 60 hour work week, the flag waving parades, the media mania, the permenant fear, the cheers for troops. And then there was teh mark of course. It crept into daily life until it became a constant reminder that these realy were bleak times. Until one day you no longer knew who was in control, the empire that was everywhere or this invisible revolution." - Adbusters