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glad it provoked you!

a brilliant diagnosis, rings really true. the etiology is clear, can anyone show a better one?

ideas for a cure? is supine fatalism all that's 'left'?

watching the house of commons one feels witness to a complex, mannered farce with little to do with reality outside.

yesterday i watched 'all the president's men' followed by ' the iron lady' and i was left reeling at how evil the right is, how hollow of soul, in constant homage to the basest of mercantilist values now turbocharged with delusional financial jiggerypokery and sprinkled with crunchy propaganda.

the biggest difference between then and now? they bought the media since... except for pockets on the internet like ET.

what's most galling is how blair's sellout is rewarded, meanwhile all imagination seems to have abandoned the labour party after his profound betrayal of whatever ideals it may have once had. it's gutted... and gutting. when both parties are fundamentally corrupt, and have thoroughly corrupted the only alternative we had. what's left to do but stand back and watch the whole caboodle self-destruct? the kit we need is between our ears, and it travels..., we don't know how far or long.

there's a desperate need for leadership based on humanist philosophy, a la tony benn (the only british politician in a half century who actually seemed like the kind of bloke you could trust and spend a fruitful evening conversing with).

if there were such a miracle, it almost wouldn't matter whether they started a new party or just re-fibrillated labour, the point being as long as we are offered mice instead of men as points of reference... well there is no point!

the platforms of social welfare and ecological respect aren't rocket science. the main obstacle is the fibre needed to overcome the hammerlock that has paralyzed real political change and left us with cunning apparatchik idiots to place our faith in.

no wonder so many just put up with politics, feeling a futile fury at how thoroughly they've sewn it up, rigged the casino, and are now skinning the poorest and weakest so they can keep up their high-flying lifestyles.

gazing into a pit of vipers only gets you so far, it's easy to see why people throw up their hands and go study permaculture, grain fermentation, reflexology or anything that leaves this biosphere a tiny bit better for us all to live in.

could be seen as working around the problem!

seeing decisions made by maroons who can't see further than the next quarter's dividends, decisions that hold the fate of the human race, seeing the lack of political alternatives, well it's driven many good people to run out screaming into the night.

we dailly wish for real change, yet diagnosis is all we have right now, cold comfort until/unless enough people educate themselves enough to push back and demand more from our leaders than kabuki.

thanks for being part of that complex education, it's a good start, let's keep it rolling...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2013 at 03:35:15 PM EST
I meant to include this re-working of the famous animal farm quote as my reaction these days to watching Question time

" The voters outside looked from Tory to Labour, and from Labour to Tory, and from Tory to Labour again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 30th, 2013 at 03:41:13 PM EST
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