There are many things to oppose within the political sphere, the world can be an evil place and it is easy to criticize the actions of others be it your friends, enemies and everybody in between. Man the barricades, roll out the guillotine, cut off the heads of all those who are fascists pigs, the aristocracy and royalty. Make a big bonfire and burn bankers and international financial speculators who are stealing all our money. Sounds like a good idea…..
You could right the wrongs of inequality and suffering empty the refugee camps and open the flood gates to the millions of suffering political outcasts from the middle east, China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Africa plus South Central America let all of them come in and live in your homes welcome them into the wealth of the west. “Oh dear” can’t do that we have just cut all their heads off and burnt them in a giant bonfire of the vanities. Unfortunately life isn’t quite so simple, ooops what do we do now? I know we can all become beggars.
Perhaps we could upset the Americans and pull out of NATO, close down Holy Loch , destroy all our nuclear weapons and close down all the armament companies throwing thousands onto the streets. Then nobody will invest in Britain, with money going into Northern Ireland to keep everyone quiet. As for the middle eastern potentates, they won’t be interested in this tiny country without power to back it up. I mean no Aircraft Carriers sailing up the gulf or giant destroyers with nuclear submarines underneath, no good to them.
So the Chinese want to lure us away from that horrible Mr Obama who doesn’t like us anyhow, trying to destroy BP and wreck all our financial institutions. Why would the Chinese want to do that? because we are kind, loving, caring people who give up all our wealth and live on the streets like beggars? No! It’s because they want the expertise of the City of London their stock markets are a complete mess and they won’t go begging to Hong Kong, after all they can’t be right those horrible democracy people.
So how do we live in this modern age of many conflicting interests? Yes the rich are too rich and the poor are too poor, but strangely the world is a fairer place than it has ever been. Wealth is available in many places even Donald had to start somewhere, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates weren’t born billionaires. However, I must put in one historical fact during the eighteenth century at the height of capitalism two percent of the population owned Ninety nine percent of the wealth but paid ninety percent of the taxes. Ok there wasn’t any health care or social support and you probably died younger but in a financial sense it was a fairer world even going back to the 1950- 60-and 70,s there wasn’t this feeling of financial imbalance. So where do politicians go now do we use our atomic weapons and destroy every offshore financial haven.
Nuking Monaco and the Cayman Isles is one possibility after all nobody pays taxes in those places. But you know even the communists have got areas of special economic growth and more billionaires than Britain. It’s not so easy running a country, I mean who do you persuade to invest? every country is squabbling for the rich mans crumbs. Yes you can raise taxes penalize the rich, but remember, they can get up and walk away. At sometime the politicians will have to engage with them, and the multinational companies who hide in Luxembourg will at sometime have to engage with the wider world it will be at their peril if they do not.
Swiss Banks existed for decades in a highly protected sphere investing their Nazi gold deposits, but eventually the mighty greenback caught up with them and they could hide no longer, the black helicopters hovered over head. The Euro zone will harmonise its tax rates in the not to distant future, and the rest of the E U will follow suit. Then watch as the tax havens are squeezed and the pips squeak. So perhaps it is time to talk, because Democracy can end up being very expensive. The popular vote is moving left and greed can drive it further and faster to the left.
Today we must all learn to live together the rich and the poor respecting each others achievements and the effort put in because without one group working and spending the other group could not exist. Everyone would like to be comfortable I was listening to Jim Cramer and how he likes Home Depot and the people who work there because they are part of a team that is inclusive not exclusive. The rich have to start including the poor when making decisions I am not saying give all your money away that is stupid, but you must invest in people to move forward as a society. Walmart is not inclusive and it is starting to struggle, you cannot just squeeze and crush the little man he is part of the same society, work and effort should be rewarded even at the bottom of the pile.
It seems we have to relearn this truth every so many years.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc