Nineteen Eighty Four revisited – Is there a ‘world domination’ study course?

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I have always wondered where Derren Brown learnt his skills – they are not in the average psychology textbook nor in a conventional hypnotherapy handbook.  However, I’m now also questioning the existence of a similarly secret school for world domination.

Why?

Because there is a remarkable similarity between George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four dystopia and the pattern that the global elite and Cameron’s Conservatives seem to be trying to create.

Eton is the obvious answer because Cameron, half the cabinet and Orwell were all educated there but Eton was not the ‘playing field’ of Obama and the American contingent of the Washington consensus/global elite…  PPE at Oxford or a Masters at Harvard??

What are the parallels?

Obviously, the Edward Snowden revelations of Big Brother mass surveillance spring to mind, and also the lack of reaction from the broad swathe of the UK media (apart from the Guardian).

“The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end.”  Nineteen Eighty Four

But on top of mass surveillance, we find that the Conservatives are currently trying to purge the internet of their speeches and videos prior to 2010, just like the Ministry of Truth.

If you remember, Orwell’s Winston Smith worked in the Ministry of Truth as an editor, revising historical records to make the past conform to the ever-changing party line and deleting references to unpersons, people (video clips?) who had been “vaporised”, i.e. not only killed by the state, but denied existence even in history or memory.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group:

“The suspicion has to be that at the point they are engaged in a huge debate about mass surveillance … they are removing the videos where they criticise Labour for doing the same thing. That’s why it’s absolutely important that that material remains available.”

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/14/tory-website-purge-youtube-webcameron

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” Nineteen Eighty Four

Then there are Cameron’s veiled threats to the Guardian over their publishing the NSA/GCHQ activities leaked by Edward Snowden.  (Alan Rushbridger should think himself lucky that he just had to destroy his hard drives.  It could have been ‘his worst nightmare’ culminating with his loving Big Brother Dave… but in the future?)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/28/david-cameron-nsa-threat-newspapers-guardian-snowden

In the Britain of Nineteen Eighty Four, 2% of the population were the upper class ruling elite (probably an over-estimate in 2013 UK).  The majority, the 85%, were the ill-educated working class, or lower-class Proles.

“So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern…Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.”  Nineteen Eighty Four

In addition to being kept busy, misinformed and badly educated, the Proles were seduced by the Lottery:

“The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made their living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being nonexistent persons.”  Nineteen Eighty Four

It has to said that Michael Gove certainly seems committed to diminishing the educational prospects of the majority of state educated schoolchildren… and we’re told that many dream of winning the lottery/‘celebrity’/’getting rich quick’ which is fostered, coupled with the misinformation purveyed by the oligarch-owned so-called ‘free press’.

Interestingly, the remaining 13% of the population, the Outer Party, were the focus of the surveillance – not the Proles.  This fits with Chomsky and Herman’s contention that government ‘propaganda’ is aimed primarily at the middle classes.  ‘Bread and circuses’ are the fare of the red tops and are intended to distract the working class.

In Nineteen Eighty Four, Britain or Airstrip One, is part of Oceania, one of three inter-continental superstates that divide the world among themselves after a global war.  There is a perpetual war with the other two superstates, Eurasia and Eastasia, over disputed lands which include the Middle East and North Africa.

This is disturbingly close to truth, not only in terms of geography and physical warfare.  Significantly, Obama’s priority has been the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and that together with the EU-US Free Trade Agreement would form a single market which would basically include ‘everyone but China’… with the potential for a new cold war?  However, many including James Galbraith, contend that these Western trade agreements are not about trade at all, but more like an attempt to take-over and control the foreign country’s economy on behalf of the transnational corporations.

Why should we be very concerned about the current US/EU Free Trade Agreement?

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/07/how-the-transpacific-partnership-will-let-foreign-investors-gut-regulations-while-preserving-agricultural-subsidies.html

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/06/david-cameron-eu-us-trade-deal-investor-state-dispute-settlement

The financial-corporate-political nexus is the hidden arm of any war-based economy.  Orwell again:

“The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking into the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labour power without producing anything that can be consumed.”  Nineteen Eighty Four

Which brings me to a final point, Cameron’s speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet:

Cameron talked about a “leaner, more efficient, more affordable state”. He argued that austerity could be a permanent government policy; a way of trimming down the administrative excesses of some public services. He framed it in the context of the current tough living conditions – a minimising of state spending, as it “comes out of the pockets of the same taxpayers whose living standards we want to see improve”.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/13/david-cameron-austerity-public-sector-cuts

In other words, Cameron admitted that the cuts were exactly what he had always intended, and not (as he had suggested in the culled speeches) an unfortunate necessity.

In way of explanation, Orwell writes:

“It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.”  Nineteen Eighty Four

In other words, when Cameron says ‘austerity could be a permanent government policy’, he is aiming to preserve the same type of unnecessary privation experienced by the Proles in Nineteen Eighty Four, and it’s fair to suggest, for many of the same reasons.

One of the contradictions identified by Marx, is the tendency of capital towards overproduction, and essentially, the main function of the unwinnable, perpetual war in Oceania was to ameliorate their ‘overproduction’ without threatening the maintenance of the power of the upper class elite.  Hence, instead of the wealth of their labour being fairly distributed to the Proles, it was consciously and deliberately destroyed by staging unnecessary wars.

Overproduction and Underconsumption

The term “over-production” is often used to describe that situation which initiates a period of capitalist crisis or recession, whereby too many goods have been produced, the goods cannot be sold, production grinds to a sudden halt, people lose their jobs, demand drops even further, and the downward cycle accelerates.

http://www.marxists.org/glossary/terms/o/v.htm

It is clear, that another way of describing ‘over-production’ is under-consumption or a lack of demand, which is identified by many as the real problem in the Western economies.  The overt problem is that real wages have not increased since the 70s, and are now decreasing further, which sets up a spiral of people not being able to buy goods, so production is cut back, further lessening the available income and decreasing demand.

However, underlying the ‘lack of demand’ is that industries and companies are not investing in jobs or expansion.  Jobs create income which is spent thus producing demand.  But big businesses are on strike… in spite of holding an estimated £800bn in ‘savings’ … because the profits that they can make from investing in the real economy do not match the profitability of fictitious capital.

Fictitious Capital is value, in the form of credit, shares, debt, speculation and various forms of paper money, above and beyond what can be realised in the form of commodities.

http://www.marxists.org/glossary/terms/o/v.htm

For example, car production is a minor activity on the part of General Motors, and this is the pattern across the large corporations.

However, fictitious capital has to be fed by the surplus extracted from workers and this grows to be more and more of a burden on the backs of the workers until profitabilty can no longer be maintained, and slump takes over.

Unfortunately, even George W Bush knew a resolution for this contradiction of capitalism – ‘The way out of a recession is war’… even if the method of war on people/nations is financial and corporate.

Why are many of the WW2 generation worried about the rise of fascism?

So perhaps there is no need for a secret school teaching ‘world domination’.  The global elite just need to have a thorough understanding of Marx’s contradictions of capital, and devise strategies, regardless of detriment to the 99%, to retain their  power. The Left should have followed the model of the Magic Circle and kept Marx’s analysis a close-guarded secret.

Not one will be forgotten: the lies that take us to war

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Not one will be forgotten: the lies that take us to war

By CJ Stone, previously published here 

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

George Orwell

For the past weeks I’ve been delivering British Legion letters to the people of Whitstable.

You will have seen them. The envelope shows a picture of a bunch of First World War British Tommies, kitted out ready for war, with their helmets and their rifles, smiling and carefree, on their way to the front. It’s obvious that none of them have seen any action as yet or they wouldn’t be smiling. By the end of the war most of them will be dead, wounded or severely traumatised.

Above the picture are the words “Over one million men fell”, and below it, “Not one shall be forgotten.”

One forgotten

How disingenuous this sentiment is. It is obvious that we’ve forgotten them or we wouldn’t still be sending our troops to foreign parts in order for them to kill and be killed.

How many more of the dead must we remember before we realise that war is always the problem, never the solution, and almost invariably based on lies?

The world’s first national propaganda organisation was the Ministry of Information in the UK, created during the First World War in order to mobilise public opinion in favour of the war.

One of its great achievements was in characterising the Germans as barbarians. It called them “the Hun” and, in one famous case, accused them of having bayoneted babies during the invasion of Belgium in 1914. That was a lie.

Later the lie was repeated. In 1990 an anonymous female calling herself Nayirah told the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in the USA that she had seen Iraqi soldiers throw Kuwaiti babies out of incubators, where they would be left on the floor to die. The testimony was used by the President of the United States to justify American involvement in the First Gulf War.

That too turned out to be a lie.

We all remember the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Apologists for the Second Gulf War now characterise that as a mistake, saying that everyone agreed that Saddam was hiding weapons. This is another lie. I remember seeing reports at the time clearly debunking the evidence, while Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons, resigned saying he did not believe there were any weapons. Later David Kelly came out with talk of the evidence being “sexed-up”.

Both Robin Cook and David Kelly died in mysterious circumstances.

More recently there is evidence that the threatened slaughter of civilians in Benghazi, on which the 2011 No Fly Zone over Libya was based, was also a lie.

Lies, lies and yet more lies.

Now here is the truth. War is profitable. War makes money, for the arms industry, for the weapons manufacturers, for the security services, for the sub-contractors employed to rebuild the country. War is essential for the capitalist economy. It is through war that public money is funnelled into private hands. Without war, all the research and development into the high tech industries couldn’t take place. We’d have no computers, no internet, no digital revolution. War is the means by which public finances can be put at the service of the private economy. It is Military Keynesianism.

Keynesianism argues that a constant injection of public money into the economy is necessary for economic stability. In post-war states, that meant money for infrastructure projects, for hospitals and housing, for the welfare state. Military Keynesianism has no need of such wasteful expenditure. Why put money in the hands of the people? It uses the state machine to siphon the money directly into private hands using security issues as its means. Hence the need to keep us constantly on the alert. Hence the need for lies.

It’s the same people who argue for deregulation and privatisation of our public services who also drum up the hysteria about foreign threats and the need to combat terrorism. You want to know how to stop the threats against us? Stop threatening them. You want to know how to stop terrorism? Stop participating in it.

The latest war in Syria is just another in a long line of manufactured threats, and there’s already been a number of notable lies.

One of them was the massacre at Houla. The first time we heard about it was when the media reported that 108 civilians in the village had been killed by shell fire. To illustrate the atrocity the BBC showed a photograph of several rows of dead children wrapped up ready for burial. Except that it quickly emerged that these photographs weren’t from Houla at all, but had been taken in Iraq almost a decade earlier.

‘Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government to prove the massacre’, said photographer Marco Di Lauro, whose photo it was.

Nevertheless the propaganda onslaught continued, for several weeks, suggesting that the Syrian government had been involved in the murder of civilians. It was only later that the truth emerged, in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, that actually the victims had been pro-government Alawites murdered by the rebels and then used as anti-government propaganda. Needless to say, while the initial reports were front page stories, the later retractions were buried in the small print or not mentioned at all.

More recently we’ve had the story of the chemical attack on Ghouta, which I’ve written abouthere. This has also been exposed as a lie.

So next time you hear of a supposed threat from an embattled, weakened and severely impoverished third world nation, remember: War  is the mechanism by which our masters control us. It is the means by which we are enslaved.

Harry Patch, Britain’s last fighting Tommy, said of War that it is legalised mass murder.

And while it is legitimate to think of the dead of the two World Wars at this sombre time ofremembrance, it is also right to temper our reflections with the knowledge that the justification for most of these wars has been based upon fabrications, and that our soldiers did not die for freedom, or democracy, or any of the other platitudes, but to serve the interests of the few.

The Truth? – Censored! – Understanding our World:

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Understanding our World: The Media, Education and Censorship.

By Pam:

I read today about a blind, cave dwelling fish. Apparently, after two million years of living in dark caves, it has lost its ability to see, yet still is influenced by the rhythm of life in its genes. I pondered as to whether we – people, living in the dark under the shroud of propaganda will eventually lose the ability to read truth, or whether it is innately written within our genes, – our need to trust each other, to live within a society, a mutually beneficial existence ensuring our survival.

If not, then the plutocratic parasites controlling our planet, will ultimately self destruct taking the good of mankind with them.

I ponder also how the phrase “Big Brother” metamorphosed into the title of a TV programme, watched by millions ensuring that whole hoardes of people, possible a whole generation, now transfixed by this new “opiate of the masses” are thus prevented from being confronted with the real, painful truth that their lives have become, a source of financial profit for the few.

Those words written by George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four , (published in 1949) of course led to the title, of a worldwide reality television show Big Brother is based on the novel’s concept of people being under constant surveillance. One cannot help but reflect on the irony.

“The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed–would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper–the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.”
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1

From such an early age, we begin to develop an understanding of our world. A baby’s eyes , once in focus will furtively glance around a room, until finds its mother’s eyes, full of hope, of curiosity, and then pursue an evolutionary prioritised path fuelled by a need to learn, to share, and to create.

There is no doubt that my first understanding of politics was gleaned from the stories our family told of conditions of the coal mines in South Wales, of stories of starving families in the General Strike of 1926, of a great grandmother demanding to be taken to polling stations on a stretcher. It was certainly not from the BBC. In fact current affairs programmes in the 50s and early 60s seemed to be all about The War. I was never hungry, I had shelter, I had health care. The post war socialist world led to opportunities for the working class and for women beyond any ancestor of mine. The Labour Party had made a difference, and the feeling of optimism of the 1960s prevailed.

Later, as an adult, and with my own eyes I saw policemen abusing little children at football matches, the BBC reported football violence, and of course cited some other instigators than The Police. I learned not to trust what I read, or what was reported on radio and TV, and like my ancestors, to have a deep mistrust of the Establishment which cared about self-perpetuation, and nothing for ordinary people.

Most of us learn our first ideas about the world from our parents, and then from our own experiences. As we grow, we learn to expand our sources of knowledge. We talk to our peers, listen to our teachers, read books, and newspapers, watch television and listen to the radio, and for today’s young people the Internet provides a potential source of information and a means of instant communication. It should be a means of education and free speech.

But all this is a means of misinformation, of propaganda, of lies and corruption. Who can we believe or trust?  What is Censorship?  How and why is it applied? Where is it? It is everywhere. It is a means to control, the tool of the mega-rich who control the planet, a plutocracy which is self perpetuating but only by the veiling of the truth from the many.

Using the propaganda modelManufacturing Consent posits that corporate – owned newsmass communication media — print, radio, television — are businesses subject to commercial competition for advertising revenue andprofit. As such, their distortion (editorial bias) of news reportage — i.e. what types of news, which items, and how they are reported — is a consequence of the profit motive that requires establishing a stable, profitable business; therefore, news businesses favoring profit over the public interest succeed, while those favoring reportorial accuracy over profits fail, and are relegated to the margins of their markets (low sales and ratings).

To protect children, then some censorship is necessary to some extent, but we are not all children. The information we are allowed to know is limited. Our perception of truth clouds our minds. This study from Harvard Business School demonstrates how Americans perceive wealth distribution.

Sources of Information and Truth – or Not Truth.

LIBRARIES

Libraries have historically been a source of information, of education. This source of information for the ordinary people should be brought forward to the 21st Century, providing access to books and to on line information for all.

See: Think Left 21st Century Library Service

EDUCATION SYSTEM:

Our teachers in the past were a rich source of information and learning skills, are now being deprofessionalised and deskilled, just serving to allow institutions to reach arbitrary targets set by governments, and delivery of a script, a prewritten National Curriculum when the state decides what people should know, or not know. Is this today’s Thought Police?

See: Think Left What Price Failure

RELIGION AND THE CHURCH:

The words Karl Marx “opiate of the masses” echo as loud today than ever.

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.”

Karl Marx (Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right)

Whether Christian, Muslim, or Jew, those who pursue religions have no right to impose their beliefs on all citizens. For those that believe in the illusion of an imaginary force directing them, I sigh, but I accept in a democracy people have a right to their beliefs. I do not accept that they have the right to inflict on women of Northern Ireland removal of a human right to terminate a pregnancy. (Stephen Fry, Atheism) I am disturbed to hear fundamentalist religious groups attacking atheists for simply not sharing their view. This is propaganda, a precursor to fascism, to wars- those horrors religion always seem to lead to. Whatever, you feel or believe is up to you, but it is time for a separation of the Church and State. Christianity no longer represents the people of our country, these non elected people who seek to deprive women of their human rights.

THE WRONG SORT OF MPs .

Think Left’s study into how representative our Members of Parliament are clearly shows a disparity between the life’s experiences of those who represent the people of this country. How can people learn to trust ? We need to change the make up of the House of Commons so it is the voice of the people as it claims to be.

See: Think Left Becoming a Member of Parliament

Also: Think Left Women as MPs

THE BBC and BROADCASTING:

This week the House of Commons voted to begin the process which will result in privatisation of the National Health Service. The implications of the Bill may be missed by many, unsurprisingly as this was barely reported by the BBC, seemingly obsessed by the anniversary on 9/11, of ‘Free Schools”, of the 50p tax rate. We have hardly had a mention of the plans to asset-strip our NHS and the removal of the obligation by Secretary of State to provide health care for all, as was the intent when drafted. It hardly mentioned that the NHS will be a source of pickings for the rich, and no longer aims to provide the best quality health care. What an outcry will there be when everyone understands this. But by then it will be too late.

The BBC, a public organisation can hardly itself be regarded as representative of people or even an organisation pursuing equality of opportunity. Like MPs fore- mentioned, people presenting the News are unlikely, in the majority to understand the issues faced by the majority of people in this country.

See Think Left: Red Labour must address the elephant in the room

Also Think Left : Labour’s Finest

A Think Left investigation into the profiles of News presenters from BBC 24, Newsnight, Radio4 Today/News at Ten has unsurprising outcomes. Where information was known, it was discovered that there is inherent sexism. There is and under-representation of women, and where there are women the age profile contrasts sharply with that of men.

Almost exactly two thirds of newsreaders went to private, independent or public schools, hardly representative of the general public.

This pie-chart shows the tertiary education of newsreaders, exactly one third having had an Oxbridge education, much in line with MPs.

Perhaps ordinary people might have more confidence in the message from the BBC if its newsreaders were paid realistic salaries in line with the majority of other public sector workers. The Director General earns £838,000. Other directors as of March 2011 had salaries of £488,000, £517,000, £467,000 and £452,000.

The personnel employed by the BBC, can hardly be regarded as representative of the people. They are very similar in their range of backgrounds to the MPs, and the same criticisms can be levelled at the news presenters who interrogate the politicians, and issues of the day. For the most part, they can have little personal experience of the lives of a majority of the population, and consequently do not ask the questions or single out the issues which would be of significance for that majority. For example, why would privatisation of the NHS be a priority for a presenter who has always used private medicine? Why would tuition fees of 9K/y seem enormous to a privately educated interviewer when top public school fees are 29K?

It might be forgiven if they showed an understanding of ordinary people’s lives. That was certainly not the case here – this filmed during the riots, and since removed from the BBC website. These are things we are not supposed to know., deleted by the Thought Police. Darcus Howe , a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the riots. Here is speaking about the mistreatment of youths by police. This was filmed during the riots, and since removed from the BBC website. These are things we are not supposed to know. deleted by the Thought Police.

POLICE AND JUDICIARY:

The knee–jerk responses emphasise the injustice of  those who have wealth and want to keep it – and the rest of us. The Huffington Post reports that riot sentences are longer than average according to data analysis:

“The average sentence handed down by judges in all courts for those offences was 13.6 months, compared to 11.6 months for all of 2010.

Earlier reports by The Guardian had claimed that the riot-related sentence were more than three times as high as the average.

However, the Ministry of Justice told The Huffington Post UK that the paper had compared sentences from crown courts to those from all courts in 2010.

The Guardian said that the average sentence for those offences was 4.1 months, more than three times the overall average. The MoJ pointed out the overall average was actually 11.6 months.

Since crown court cases are typically more serious, the difference appeared larger than it was in reality.

“It’s still higher, but not three times higher,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice told The Huffington Post UK.

The Guardian has since amended its story.”

See : Think Left Perils of Punitive Evictions.

PRESS and PRINT:

It was the media who got the better of the Labour Party in 1987 and in 1992, (Memories of 97 and beyond). The front page of the Sun made sure of that. In recent months, we have read about, listened to and watched reports of the corruption in The Murdoch Empire. The Law should not allow any individual ownership or editorial rights over more than one newspaper or periodical and ownership must be transparent.

The press sleaze currently filling our airwaves as a result News International criminal practices, exposes the extreme bias and manipulation by the Press. Labour has always struggled to get the people’s message across. Now there is an opportunity to hit back! Labour must finally undertake a reform of the media network.

See: Think Left Quality Life for Civilized Nation ( Secrecy and Tax Havens)

TRADE UNIONS:

The press painted a black picture of the Trade Unions during the 1980s, not surprisingly as it wanted sole influence. Their role in communication, in education is crucial, and must be heard against the deafening voice of the mainstream media. Education of workers through trade union initiatives and through the Workers’ Educational Association learning opportunities for the disadvantaged..

The INTERNET:

Like other media the Internet is a medium through which propaganda can flow. This film demonstrates that there is a culture of Israeli satirical UTube videos about the Gaza strip , and is very disturbing.

It is the greatest bluff of all.

We cannot believe all we read and see. But the Internet undoubtedly is very powerful.

Political blogging and U-Tube has been a challenge to the establishment who try to silence us. We must speak out. People are doing just that.

Here is one man’s view of the riots. This man has answers, and uses the medium of technology to make his message. The young people of today will speak, because they have nothing to lose. We have been here before. Give the money back to the people, to the environment from where it has come. Redistribute the wealth, the wealth made by the sweat of workers, let them have their earnings not the mega-rich.

SOCIAL NETWORKING:

Twitter was blamed for the riots, the people’s communication of today, will challenge the establishment. Meanwhile people’s tweets will be tracked and spied on, CAPTCHA codes used to monitor Face-book posts. They want to know who is doing what, where, when and why – because people are speaking out. They speak The Truth. If the plutocrats and Establishment seek to silence, it is because it is THEY who have something to lose.

HOW WE CAN TO LEARN TO TRUST AGAIN:

An incoming Labour government must never again let an opportunity pass to address the power and bias of the press and media, and should make the following a priority.

  • We must ensure we have a more representative Parliament which represents us.
  • Politicians should make politics relevant to the people and not indulge in Yah-Boo antics across the floor of The House of Commons which only those from public schools can understand.
  • We must ensure that the judiciary is fair, and seen to be so.
  • The BBC should not be an elitist organisation and should aim to inform, and present quality entertainment, education and current affairs programmes.
  • Labour should conduct an investigation and implement reform of the whole media network
  • No individual or company should be allowed ownership of more than one newspaper and they must be a resident British/EU citizen.
  • It should not be permitted to own both a newspaper and a TV/Radio company.
  • An inquiry into the role of the PCC (Press Complaints Commission) should be transparent and truly independent.
  • The Secrecy surrounding Tax Havens and Off shore Financial Centres must be lifted.
  • The outdated role of the Church of England in state matters must end.
  • Vindictive sentencing which is clearly politically motivated as seen recently must be overturned.

REFERENCES AND READING:

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Edward S Herman and Noam Chomsky

and from Wikipedia: (Manufacturing Consent)

 What is Censorship?

Blind Fish

Jon Ronsons’s stories about people trying to control the internet.

http://ukhousebubble.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-americans-perceive-wealth.html

Plutonomy , Think Left

Keep Social Media on the Streets Think Left

Perils of Punitive Evictions. , Think Left

Here is one man’s view of the riots.

Darcus Howe , a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the riots.

Workers’ Educational Association

Nineteen Eighty Four , Georg Orwell

Red Labour must address the elephant in the room , Think Left

21st Century Library Service , Think Left

Karl MarxCritique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

Becoming a Member of Parliament , Think Left

What Price Failure , Think Left

Women as MPs , Think Left

The Huffington Post on Sentencing on riots

Labour’s Finest Think Left

The Health Service Bill Debate H-o-C Democracy Live

(Memories of 97 and beyond) Think Left