A week just like any other week.
Today the army was out recruiting on Church Street in Liverpool. They had a table in front of a van, with various small arms on display.
This was under a gazebo which read Royal Irish Regiment and ‘Relish your inner warrior‘.
On the other side of the pedestrian street was a rough sleeper with his begging bowl, and a cardboard sign which read Ex Solider followed by his service number.
One does not need to comment upon this.
Both the same display and rough sleeper were to be seen again today.
The Army recruiters have gone, but the Rough Sleeping Ex Solder is still there.
I never understood just why many people keep having a pop at the BBC, but not the so called ‘independent broadcasters’, which keep churning out Kapitalist propaganda in order to persuade us to purchase all sorts of ideologically and ecologically unsound items.
That is why I only ever listen to BBC Radio 4.
Yet that said –
It is very perturbing that the BBC does broadcast such programmes as On Your Farm & The Kitchen Cabinet, both of which describe the farming, slaughtering, cooking, and eating of our fellow creatures.
Now a few protests to stop these programmes being produced would be very welcome indeed.
A Few Observations
Aim for revolution and you will achieve some reforms.
Aim for reforms and nothing will fundamentally change,
Engage in a tactical non-violence, as opposed to a Principled Nonviolence, and we will not achieve a total Nonviolent Social Revolution.
What Needs Doing.
In order to achieve any fundamental social change, or ecological improvements, we must: –
Make sure all our actions are consistent as Ends and means.
Engage in joined-up-Campaigning.
I hate to Say this.
Extinction Rebellion are not engaged upon campaigning against Nukiller Power, or actively promoting Veganism.
This failure to do so will mean that their aim of stopping climate change will not be achieved.
If Extinction Rebellion does not change this policy of blocking such important issues, then all radically realistic environmentalists will need to create a new campaigning body which will do so.
What might happen if —
– Boris, the unelected british prime monster, was to ask for an extension to Article 50, but it will only be agreed to by our fellow Europeans on the condition that there is another referendum ?
– The Brexit disaster happens, and there is a highly popular demand for the uk to reapply to become a part of the EU once more ?
– It is discovered that the police view the rabid right wing to be so dangerous, that they have embedded spycops in the Tory, UKIP, and Brexit political parties ?
Now – Think on — — — —
On September 3rd it will be 80 years since the British government declared war against Germany, in what became the Second World War.
No doubt there will be a lot of media attention about this anniversary.
As ever many militarist will repeat the lie that it was pacifists which promoted appeasement.
What is forgotten is that it was a UK government policy which was put it in place – so that the country could rearm.
In point of fact the British Foreign Office promoted this as they believed the country could not simultaneously fight a war in both Europe & Asia.
Though they would also of seen this as being: ‘ For the defence of the Empire.’
There were other reasons for appeasement too.
– Such as how the Rabid Right Wing viewed Fascism as a protection against Communism.
Keep all of these facts in mind come September.
I’ve just started to pen a dystopian novel.
It starts like this: –
After a series of increasingly right wing governments, there was a Rabid Right Wing political coup, which placed in power a group of rich, delusional, incompetent, authoritarian, militaristic, socially and fiscally illiterate individuals.
Seventy five percent of these individuals had received a public school education.
A very high percentage of them were multi millionaires whose political agenda was to abolish all the taxes they paid, and hand over all government agencies to private companies.
At the same time they ignored the environmental crisis which was threatening to destroy the world, as they could see no personal profit to be made in fixing it.
Er – wait a second – this is no novel – but more a description of the Britain state, and state of affairs right now.
Yesterday [ july 15th 2019 ] there was a feature in the Financial Times about the current state of Britain’s care homes.
There are now just 8% of them left in public ownership. Thank you Mrs Thatcher !
While 4 of the largest ones are up for sale.
The problem is financial.
The FT stated: ‘ Care homes run up debts of £40,000 a bed’.
Is it any wonder that care homes are priced out of reach for most people.
Meanwhile the push to build new environmentally unaffordable homes in the suburbs grows, There are however a lot of cheap student flats being built.
Yet the real need to build affordable mixed age housing is the cities is just being ignored.
Ditto – The need to use waste land in the inner cities to grow small fruit orchards, create lots of small allotments, or build community greenhouses is just not on most peoples agendas.
It will all need to be worked on very soon, or else we really will be in a lot of trouble.
When, or if, someone gets around to writing my obituary, then I hope they get to include the following words:-
Difficult & Controversial.
That is because the kind of world I want to live in will upset those who see nothing wrong with the dystopian, militaristic, or ecologically unsound world we all live in at present.
I know it will be said how my views upset many people, but upsetting militarists, or those who want to keep the status quo, is inevitable if one campaigns to create a better world.
The Suburban Nightmare.
Increasingly what I have been saying is that the suburban dream is really an ecological nightmare, and we need to shrink the size of the suburbs.
If this view upsets people so be it, but we can’t keep living this way.
Look at the facts.
These opinions are based upon both reading a very wide range of highly depressing reports, and a lot of observations.
They are not the result of any kind of emotional outpouring, but come via looking at cold blooded facts.
These reports and statistical reports are available for everyone to study.
Now read on – – –