The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
You know that the the entire outhouse and midden has well and truly hit the fan when every nominally social democratic candidate is appreciably to the right of de Gaulle.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
For advice on what to do they call in "experts". In the case of economics and finance they call on the Banks and credit houses as that is where the expertise resides. Unfortunately the advice given is extremely biased towards promoting the well-being of the institutions the experts represent which, given that these institutions are both predatory and parasitical on the country, means that the advice given is actually harmful to the interests of the country the politicians represent.
I do not believe the politicians understand this. So blaming them for the policies they promote kinda misses the point.
keep to the Fen Causeway
Ireland was the most egregious case of this, and arguably the blanket Irish bank and bond guarantee in 2008 was the decisive initial act in ensuring the 'no bank left behind' policy at the expense of misery for the citizenry of the entire Eurozone.
- Charles de Gaulle
Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
Economics is the problem, not the solution. The solution is to realize clearly that economics must be subservient to the political needs of the nation rather than to the interests of finance. When we grant TINA we fundamentally corrupt judgement. Judgement is based on emotional responses: this is food -- yum! this is a predator -- flee! We have allowed that judgement to be made by a tiny group of banker predators and the rest of society is, to them, just food. That is why policy is so confounding to the majority. They don't understand that the reference for judgement is not their broad interests.
I cannot complain too much about having allowed the disastrous developments of the last forty years. While I suspected and then believed that the policies being pursued were wrong-headed I did not understand why. That has made it difficult to mount a cogent critique. It is easier now that the system is destroying itself, but still far from easy.
"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
I mean it more in a Clausewitz kinda way...
Economics is politics by other means
then having the ability to forensically analyse the trail from advice to destruction and realise they're being lied to; well at that point they'll find themselves re-shuffled or sacked or have an aircraft accident (just kidding folks).
keep to the Fen Causeway
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 17 87 comments
by epochepoque - Sep 4 8 comments
by gmoke - Sep 11 2 comments
by Helen - Sep 6 66 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 2 19 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 1787 comments
by gmoke - Sep 112 comments
by Helen - Sep 666 comments
by epochepoque - Sep 48 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 219 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 3050 comments