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The world doesn’t owe you a living

“People who are successful do not owe you a living. Stop jealously coveting the success of others, get off your backside, and work at being successful yourselves, instead of expecting government to steal the fruits of other peoples’ labour for your consumption.”

“The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.”

“We’re in the middle of a recession, it’s an employer’s market, and the world doesn’t owe you a living.
we paid the education when there was grants.we did’nt claim dole because we were brought up with a strong work ethic.we did’nt need self help books,we had common sense,and iniative.many of us fought for all the things you now take for granted.the world does’nt owe you a living.”

The above are all comments lifted directly (spelling and grammar included) from the Daily Mail’s website, but I have seen similar comments on Facebook and other social media recently too. Are these the comments of a free society?

The western definition of freedom is an incredible paradox – so why is it that we can’t see that? Now I admit, I have taken a very extreme cross-section of right-wing comments, but I find it amazing how many people on the left also fail to see this.

So capitalism, it’s time for you and I to have a serious chat.

You say that you don’t owe me a living, which is perhaps fair enough. We all have to work hard in this world; that’s what capitalism stands for. But then… well, until you start giving me free accommodation, food, water and energy (incidentally, all provided by the earth and therefore birth rights), I don’t actually have any choice but to work. So we have the welfare state, which is great. (What’s left of) it is there for me during the times that I’m unable to find work, or the times when I’m ill, or the time when, heaven forbid, I am hindered by disability. But should I choose not to work – which is surely the very definition of freedom – then I am, quite literally, left to die.

You threaten to withdraw my “benefits” (nice choice of word – makes me feel guilty) – the meagre amount of cash that, if managed well, allows me to only incur a small amount of debt in covering my day-to-day living expenses. You choose to label me and abuse me through the media in a way designed to guilt-trip me into either working, or perhaps choosing to remove my (financially draining) presence from your society. Anything that doesn’t fit into the traditional capitalist value system is sneered at and denigrated by corporate media and corporate-sponsored politicians. To illustrate the horrendous hypocrisy of capitalism, just look at the way the government, or more recently, private companies, pay care staff. These people are some of, if not the hardest working people in the world. Care staff traditionally have been amongst the lowest paid in the world. If that doesn’t illustrate that capitalism ranks people who work for profit higher than people who work for humanity,  then I don’t know what does.

And the clincher is this. I would LOVE to be able to live in a system that is not capitalism (or socialism/communism or any other form of capital-based system), but unfortunately you give me no choice.

I HAVE to live in a capitalist system. I was born into it, and I have very little control over it. Don’t even get me started on “democracy”.

So if I HAVE to live in a capitalist system, and the only way I can survive in that system is to work, then surely the world DOES owe me a living?

But hang on a minute, capitalism. Let’s be totally honest with each other here. I’ll start:

I don’t want your dull-as-dishwater £7ph (just so you can claim to be paying over minimum wage) job. I want access to the things that the cash I earn brings – and in my case I’m only talking about shelter, food, water and energy. I have no materialistic desires, I merely want to be free. But you insist that I must work for that privilege. Indeed, you insist that I must pay for that privilege with my life. Ironically, with my freedom.

But what about you? Oh yes, that’s right. You don’t want to employ me. Aside from the fact that I stand against everything that you stand for, you know that you would be much better off employing a machine to do that job. A machine doesn’t get sick. A machine doesn’t have emotional concerns. A machine won’t complain about their wages or working conditions.

So why don’t we just cut the crap and jump straight to the solution? Did you know that we are not using machines to their full potential right now? So many jobs can be automated using existing technology, but we continue to employ human beings in dangerous, low-paid and uninspiring jobs to “keep the economy going” so that “we can all contribute”. The economy. Something that doesn’t even exist. A human creation designed for one reason only – to keep the privileged elite at the top, and the ordinary people slaving away until they die.

Haven’t we gone beyond this? Surely we can see that we are all sacrificing our lives in the name of something utterly preposterous.

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” – Dalai Lama XIV

The good news is there is an alternative. The video at the end of this post is a good starting point for looking at potential solutions. Bear in mind that Jacque Fresco has spent his entire life working toward this, so you will not learn even one hundredth of a percentage of what is possible in the video. Follow the links below if you are genuinely interested in how to make a difference. I have been reading articles and watching videos for a couple of years now and I still feel like I understand less than one percent of Jacque’s work.

The Venus Project - When education and resources are available to all without a price tag, there will be no limit to human potential - Jacque Fresco

To learn about viable solutions to some of our greatest challenges as a human race visit www.thevenusproject.com.

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Dear Jeremy Hunt – stop being a dick

I am so bored of signing petitions, writing to MP and sending letters about the big sell-off of the NHS, that when writing my response to Avaaz’s latest campaign I just couldn’t bring myself to be civil any more:

Dear Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt,

I am abhorred by your plans to deconstruct the NHS and transfer it to private ownership piece-by-piece. Quite frankly, I am incredibly bored by the amount of time I currently have to dedicate to asking you not to privatise every government-owned asset you can get your hands on. Please, get the message and accept that no one other than your fat cat friends wants this wholesale privatisation of public services.

Of course, you will take no notice of these comments, you never do. Up there in your ivory tower you are fine. You have probably never had to use the NHS. You have probably never had to rely on the wonderful and overworked staff of the NHS to help you through a tough time.

I have a confession. I went private once. It was horrible. I encountered incredibly patronisingly nice staff and such a wonderfully glamorous facility that I can totally understand why you would feel at home in that environment.

Anyway, in summary – don’t sell off the NHS, and stop being a dick.

There – I’ve even thrown in some free life advice for you too.

Yours sincrerely,

Guy

I figure the twat doesn’t ever read any of this comments anyway, so what the hell…

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Time to put an end to career politicians

Following Liam Byrne’s announcement today that Labour will make further cuts to the welfare budget if they are elected in 2015, I immediately cancelled my Labour Party membership. I don’t think I need to explain my reasons to regular readers, as it ultimately comes down to the fact that I will not support a party that will not support society’s most vulnerable.

Now this could of course be a piece of clever posturing by the Labour Party, and as much I hope it is, that would make it an outright lie. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that Byrne is pandering to public opinion for now, but the mutterings that I heard within the party suggest that this is not the case. But more importantly than that, this now implicates Miliband and Byrne in the scandal of the treatment of Britain’s most vulnerable.

Disabled people and disability activists all over the country have been waiting for the Labour Party to stand up for them. The ConDemNation’s treatment of the disabled is nothing short of disdainful, showing zero respect and making those already in poverty, or on the poverty line, take responsibility for repaying a debt created by a bunch of millionaires with gambling problems. The media campaign that has stigmatised and resulted in a 30% increase in hate crimes against disabled people.

Disability Living Allowance, the benefit available to any disabled person, working or not, is being replaced by PIP. The intention of this is save 25% from the budget, despite official figures only showing a 0.5% fraud rate. This benefit enables disabled people to work. Talk to any disabled person about how their DLA helps their everyday lives and I assure you, you will be shocked at the things that you and I take for granted. Removing this benefit will remove disabled people’s ability to work, it is that simple.

And then of course, if you are unlucky enough to be too unwell to work, you will be put through the Work Capability Assessment. Despite the fact that five doctors who’ve known you for ten years have long identified that you are unable to work, an ATOS doctor will be able to deem you fit for work within twenty minutes. And we haven’t even considered the employment market yet.

So, why am I going over old ground again? Well, it’s quite simple. Until now, the main beacon of hope has been that in the run up to the election, Ed Miliband and the Labour Party would make a stand in the name of humanity. But not only have they not done that, they have taken away potentially what was the last hope for disabled people. They are therefore now as responsible for the anxiety and trauma being suffered by disabled people as the ConDemNation themselves.

Miliband’s weak response to Sonia Poulton’s letters (supported by the signature of 6000 disabled people and campaigners), plus his inability to respond to my letter, gave me a sinking feeling that Labour would let us down on this issue.

I mentioned that this could be political posturing, and this is why we need to end career politicians. While we have a system whereby a politician’s sole purpose in his job is to get his party elected and stay in power, we will always have politicians who will pander to the masses, and therefore alienate vulnerable or minority groups. Do you think David Cameron would have won as many votes if he’d told us that he’s destroying our NHS? No, hence he kept it quiet. Liam Byrne clearly thinks that his statement on welfare cuts will impress the public who are so easily influenced by the right-wing media, whether or not he sees it through is a different matter entirely.

This is why I am keeping a close eye on Democracy 2015 – a campaign based around electing independent individuals who pledge to serve for one term only. This eliminates the need to lie to keep hold of a seat, and allows the elected MP to work for the people, not for the party. Donations to the party are also limited to £50 per person, so no interference from corporations either.

This is still a long way from ideal, but it’s a small step in the right direction, and eliminates the need to have to vote for the least-worst self-serving party every five years.

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