The naive belief that history is linear, that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion. It cripples our capacity for radical action and lulls us into a false sense of security. Those who cling to the myth of human progress, who believe that the world inevitably moves toward a higher material and moral state, are held captive by power. Only those who accept the very real possibility of dystopia, of the rise of a ruthless corporate totalitarianism, buttressed by the most terrifying security and surveillance apparatus in human history, are likely to carry out the self-sacrifice necessary for revolt.
The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. But to challenge it, to state the obvious fact that things are getting worse, and may soon get much worse, is to be tossed out of the circle of magical thinking that defines American and much of Western culture. The left is as infected with this mania for hope as the right. It is a mania that obscures reality even as global capitalism disintegrates and the ecosystem unravels, potentially dooming us all.
The 19th century theorist Louis-Auguste Blanqui, unlike nearly all of his contemporaries, dismissed the belief, central to Karl Marx, that human history is a linear progression toward equality and greater morality. He warned that this absurd positivism is the lie perpetrated by oppressors: “All atrocities of the victor, the long series of his attacks are coldly transformed into constant, inevitable evolution, like that of nature. … But the sequence of human things is not inevitable like that of the universe. It can be changed at any moment.” He foresaw that scientific and technological advancement, rather than being a harbinger of progress, could be “a terrible weapon in the hands of Capital against Work and Thought.” And in a day when few others did so, he decried the despoiling of the natural world. “The axe fells, nobody replants. There is no concern for the future’s ill health.”
‘People across the country will be taking part in a different kind of protest – on the day of the state opening of Parliament.
May 27 will be the first National Switch Off Day, when thousands of people have already pledged to stop using gas and electricity, and stop shopping in non-local shops for 24 hours.
Organised by a varied group of campaigners, this will be the first in a series of multi-issue actions that will take place once a month. Reasons for taking part range from keeping the NHS public and tackling issues like overpriced parking in hospitals, to stopping benefit cuts, to issues affecting vulnerable people and their carers such as the cold weather benefits to the elderly, to keeping the Human Rights Act, to stopping fracking – and mostly that all members of the general public get a voice in matters that concern them.’
It’s the Great British sell off: Osborne reveals plan to sell off more government assets than ever before in bid to raise more than £23BILLION this year
‘George Osborne signalled the start of the biggest ever sell-off of public assets in a speech to the CBI business conference last night.
The Chancellor said the government would raise more than £23billion this year – a new record – by privatising stakes in Eurostar, Lloyds and the student loan book.
He also revealed that Government departments have already been ordered to start finding extra savings ahead of the emergency budget in July, as he bids to wipe out the government deficit within just two years.’
‘Postal workers will report low-level crime or suspicious incidents to the police under a new scheme being trialled.
Royal Mail said more than 130 postmen and women in Winchester, Hampshire, will take part in the Mail Watch initiative.
Tony Marsh, director of security at Royal Mail, said: “Royal Mail postmen and women collect and deliver mail six days a week and have almost-unrivalled knowledge of the communities they serve.’
Street Democracy writes:
Warning! Never talk near your front door again or with the windows open.
Never open your door to the postman or woman unless you really have too!
Never argue or express your freedom of speech while the postman or woman is hovering around your home as they can listen through the front door!
In fact remain absolutely silent just in case the postman or woman mishears you, and deems you a potential domestic terrorist and threat to national security! So discussing current affairs is out, and do not mention any Hollywood films of explosive drama, or they’ll think your planning to bomb a building of two!
Then you can’t allow your children to be crying or you’ll be reported to social services as a ‘child neglect’ or ‘child abuse’ case.
Don’t let let your dog bark when they noisily crash post through the letter box or you’ll be reported for mistreatment of animals or dangerous animal on the premises. I mean the list is endless as to what a postman can report you for!
Are all uniform to become informers to be feared now?
Are we to stand the stance of toleration and allow the creation of a ‘community of enemies’ by a crashing force of more domination of a ‘police state uniform’ where all costumes are to be feared?
This is to divide communities further and to weaken them, disempower them and shatter community togetherness and deep social relations.
To amplify misery, maximise fear, lack of trust and build up on social defencive behaviour of paranoia, our communities will be concentrated with heavily based sorrow, filled with scepticalism, sadness, fear and worry.
This will create an unnatural prolonged reaction from potential danger, threat and accusation, whether true or false, it will raise social tension of postman and women spying through windows as they deliver your mail.
Drawing the curtains will raise suspicion, and not to protect your privacy, as postman and women will expect to see in!
Are you still in bed, then maybe you’re not working! Then maybe you’re doing something illegal to financially support yourself! Then the postman may report this!
Or simply being delivered packages could cause alarm. This may now induce suspicion of drug trafficking or receiving or sending other illegal material of some kind until proven otherwise.
Will the Post Office scan all items like at airports and with hold all mail until opened and checked.
Are we now in a ‘Gulag’ open air prison to live with a forced intimacy with uniform?
Are we guilty of everything until prove otherwise?
The police will not be able to cope with this sudden demand of home checks and individual surveillance, so this is perfect opportunity for a private police force to enter our home towns, the notorious G4S.
To begin with they’ll just deal with minor situations but will increase their powers to incarceration us at anytime and destroy our human rights to live, and we’ll see a total erosion of our freedoms.
We will be powerless and unable to stand our ground if it means hostile dialogues of threatening behaviour, disturbing the peace and potentially being dangerous in a public place.
A catastrophic shattering of social democracy as we’ll be brutalised by aggressive and volatile language of force and control.
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy
‘Israel has banned Palestinian workers from riding common buses with Israelis and forced them to return to the West Bank through the same Israeli checkpoint they left.
The pilot program separating Israeli and Palestinian bus travel was initiated on Tuesday under the directive of Israel’s military affairs ministry, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.
The new regulations could increase the commute of Palestinians working in the West Bank for as much as two hours each day, said human rights organizations that are set to issue an appeal against the new restrictions.’
Posted by Welfare Weekly -May 17, 2015
Tens of thousands of home carers who look after vulnerable elderly relatives could be pushed into unemployment, warns the Alzheimer’s Society.
Government cuts are leaving local authority social care budgets “at breaking point”, while struggling home carers are left juggling work and caring duties.
Within ten years, up to one million Alzheimers patients will be dependent upon the care they receive from relatives. This is estimated to save the economy around £11.6bn each year, which is greater than the £8.8bn spent on the NHS.
Head of policy at the Alzheimer’s Society, George McNamara, said: “Further government cuts to social care could lead to tens of thousands of working people forced to give up their jobs to look after elderly relatives over the next five years.”
“Workers can’t fit caring responsibilities into a lunch break”, said Mr McNamara.
“Looking after an elderly parent with dementia takes huge amounts of time, energy and emotional stress. Many carers will have no choice but to give up work unless they get better public services.”
For more click here: Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity
Street Democracy writes:
Our political system is a massive psychological machine to devour moral decency within our societal system of care and welfare services.
Carers work dedicated hours of long back breaking heavy workloads, time utterly spent providing the attention we all appreciate when where in need. This career model goes largely unnoticed, ignored and deeply underpaid for their efforts, unless it is to sabotage it further.
We know the Tory bullying agenda, their destruction of the welfare state expedition and a ferocious path of evil, to destroy the poor’s voice and power.
This punishing infrastructure is ripping to pieces at rapid speeds of vigour, to dismantle our welfare state, and all practises and commitments to it. A deliberate manufactured Tory dialogue of force to collapse our social caring community structures to fall and fail.
The agenda is for the private sector to infiltrate their corporate power and control, to eventually privatise the whole system by stepping in to ‘rescue’ the starved of funds avenues.
This punishing infrastructure is on a ceaseless expansion that is hijacked by ruthless corporate politicians who hold power to instigate and frame debates, basically control decision making to favour private interests and this sector is no different.
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.
Tories could cut a fifth of staff at department that chases tax dodgers, union warns
17:09, 18 May 2015
By Dan Bloom
The FDA union claims HMRC will lose up to 15,000 of its 64,000 staff – despite having to find an extra £5bn by cracking down on tax avoidance
Axe: HMRC could face huge job cuts – but George Osborne wants staff to tackle tax avoidance
Tory cuts could axe more than a fifth of staff at the department in charge of chasing tax dodgers, a union has warned.
It’s claimed HM Revenue and Customs will lose out as new waves of cuts spread across Whitehall, ditching up to 100,000 jobs.
That’s despite HMRC being in charge of a new tax avoidance crackdown that George Osborne claims will net Britain £5bn.
Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA civil service union, says HMRC will suffer because other departments like education, health and foreign aid are better-protected.
And it won’t be able to track down tax dodgers without investing in expensive experts, he warned.
He told Mirror Online: “Tax avoidance is just one part of HMRC but it’s a critical one.
Street Democracy writes:
Our Tory ‘principles of the age’ are depraved, filled with unclean wisdom, a biased favouritism and a total cataclysm of our social and political democracy.
The lobbyist’s who paid millions into the Tory ‘general election’ piggy bank, want they’re financial payback.
Their reward is to be able to continue dodging tax payments by the millions and with less staff hounding their complicated private economic system, fraudulent tax dodging can commence unchallenged.
Corporate wealth has replaced our voting system for money as these millionaires run our centralised power.
Favouring themselves, legalizing money trafficking and biased principles favouring corporatisation hierarchy enshrined into biased rich favouring law is now so obvious they may as well just admit it.
Our government is enmeshed with a culture of privilege, power, wealth and entitlements and with blind obedience the Tory puppet MP’s are too willingly obliging.
It is so obvious.
They’re not cutting staff surrounding the ‘Bedroom Tax’, to chase rent arrears from the poorest.
Another grotesque pantheon completely devoid of moral fibre corporate elites financial manoeuvres work our governmental system like a playing a fiddle.
Our democracy serves the corporate oligarchs.
Our democracy favours concentrated wealth and our system is most radically anti-democratic.
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.
We’re ruled by a cosy elite who all go to the same dinner parties, says former No10 policy guru chief Steve Hilton
‘David Cameron’s former chief strategist has launched a stinging attack on the ‘insular ruling class’ threatening Britain’s democracy.
Steve Hilton said too many of those at the heart of government go to the same dinner parties and send their children to the same schools.
He said the UK’s political system is now in ‘crisis’ because the same type of people stay in charge whatever the outcome of the elections.
In what will be seen as a criticism of the ‘chumocracy’ of his former boss, Mr Hilton warned: ‘Our democracies are increasingly captured by a ruling class that seeks to perpetuate its privileges.
‘Regardless of who’s in office, the same people are in power.’
‘Anarchris explains why he chooses Anarchy (no rulers) over the force of Government. Hint: Because he doesn’t agree with mass murder.’