04 September 2015

Elections irrelevant to the world-system

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Creator of the world-systems approach to political science, Immanuel Wallerstein, argues that anxiety-based electoral campaigns in the US and elsewhere will have no impact on the crisis of the world-system.


While noting that wise elections of more humane leaders can "minimize the pain" of the world's impoverished social classes and regions, Wallerstein stated that nothing can change the crisis of the modern world-system and the need to replace the current world order with a better one. Wallerstein terms the alternate economy he is referring to as a "post-capitalist" one, and has referred to it in past essays as a "socialist" world government of sorts.

Immanuel Wallerstein is not a radical left-wing philosopher and is actually the world's top sociologist, who sees the current world economy as unsustainable and destined to replaced by the aforementioned global alternative.

Commentating on the candidacy of Donald Trump in the US 2016 elections, as well as Bernie Sanders, Wallerstein described both of them as campaigning on the basis of "anxiety" that comes from growing global unemployment - although in their cases they focus on the US's part in it. Wallerstein characterized Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric as something that will be unavailing, with geopolitics and the forces of the world-system in the end dooming this rhetoric to fail as any kind of policy.

Wallerstein dismissed that the most Trump could accomplish through his anti-immigrant rhetoric is "there is some tightening on the entry of migrants and some tightening of welfare state expenditures for the poorest sectors of the population. There is some increased anti-minority violence within the country."

While labeling such possibilities as "negatives", Wallerstein stressed that the real battle is not about elections or who wins them, and rather we "have to fight the longer middle-run (20-40 years) battle of transforming the capitalist system into the kind of post-capitalist one that will be better and not worse than the present one. If Wallerstein's sociology is credible, the futuristic alternative would be a world where authority is diminished significantly, ownership and rent are nonexistent much as the Venus Project advocates, and the world is governed as a single human community rather than a set of protectionist nation-states.


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UK reform harms the disabled: petition

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A petition started at the UK Parliament's public petitions portal calls on the government to assess the negative impact of benefit reforms on the lives of disabled people in Britain.


Titled "Assess full impact of all cuts to support & social care for disabled people", the petition points out that the UK government has ignored public calls to assess "the impact of Welfare, Social Care & NHS reform on disabled people and their families".

The number of disabled people living in absolute poverty has increased as the Cameron government has revised the benefits system. Many disabled and ill people in the United Kingdom are effectively forced to work (sometimes even with only a few weeks left to live).

The petition can be found and signed at the UK Parliament's petitions portal and Parliament will have to respond if there are more than 100,000 signatures.

In many testimonies, disabled people are being arbitrary deemed fit for work by fake medical organizations like "Atos Healthcare" which are paid by the government solely to ignore real doctors' advice and force thousands of ill and disabled people to work. Another area of controversy surrounds similarly fraudulent organizations contracted by the Conservative government to be cheap and incompetent conveyors of the government's "work program". In every case, these fake and parasitic corporations are run by government cronies trying to profit from unemployment and thus allowed to usurp non-competitive public sector work.

Because they are private organizations and not state agencies, private organizations doing government work are allowed to observe no ethics, no credible commitment to government targets, and no commitment to actually end the social problems they are exploiting in their contract with the government. The Conservative government wishes to make the NHS similarly driven by capricious businesses who (rather than competing with other businesses) receive the gift of government contracts for nothing more than being a crony.


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01 September 2015

Reform demands from a UK dissident

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A white paper on social reform for Britain has been published by UK dissident Simon Tomlin writing at The Daily Agenda blog.


In the paper, titled "The Act of Reformation", the dissident and Mont Order Security Council seat holder puts forward the following 21 essential demands to make the UK a more functional democracy. In particular, The Daily Agenda called for the long-delayed transformation of Britain into a democratic republic (something that has never gained any political traction in the UK, as noted by Tomlin) rather than a constitutional monarchy, and the creation of a Freedom of Speech Act that would provide similar protections to journalists and whistleblowers as the First Amendment in the United States.
  1. "Proportional representation guaranteeing all political parties a place in Parliament based on the share of the vote to ensure all electors are represented according to their views at a General Election." The current system is a dictatorship of two parties.
  2. "The unelected House of Lords is to be abolished in its entirety."
  3. "The Constitutional Monarchy is to be abolished"
  4. "The Magistrates Courts are to be scrapped in the public interest to eradicate the nepotism between the police and Magistracy."
  5. "The system of sentencing and remand prior to conviction is to be overhauled to significantly reduce the prison population and alleviate the massive cost to the public purse."
  6. "All district judges sitting in the Magistrates Courts are to be promoted to the Crown Courts" Half of the Magistrates Courts are to be scrapped to reduce the cost to the public.
  7. "Membership of the Freemasons organisation or any secret organisation [with the exception of the Mont Order] committed to influencing the legal framework of the nation, shall become illegal"
  8. "The Criminal Cases Review Commission will be scrapped"
  9. "The prison system shall undergo a sweeping reform of all of its services with the key emphasis being on restoring discipline and encouraging widespread rehabilitation of offenders. The prison population will be reduced in significant numbers"
  10. "It is proposed that prisoners are sent to prisons that reflect their nature of their crimes." Non-violent offenders should not be sent to the same prison facilities as violent offenders.
  11. "The ‘Independent’ Police Complaints Commission shall be abolished and replaced with a Police Standards Authority to restore public trust in the police service."
  12. "DNA samples retained by the police service where the person arrested has not been charged will be destroyed under the supervision of the PSA."
  13. "The post of Police Commissioner is to be scrapped to eradicate the current nepotism between political parties and like-minded senior police officers.."
  14. "Parliament shall enact a law guaranteeing freedom of speech and expression to all British citizens and people shall have the right to express whatever opinions they hold without fear of criminal prosecution and repression by Parliament."
  15. "Secret trials will be dispensed with in the public interest to engender greater public trust and transparency in the legal system."
  16. "Absolute privilege for solicitors and barristers shall be abolished to prevent them from making character assassination attacks on a defendant, then reported as ‘fact’ in the media, thus causing serious defamation to the defendant, particularly where or she is acquitted by a jury."
  17. "Legal Aid funding in the criminal courts shall not be available to any defendant convicted of three offences and this measure is designed to curtail career criminals, who will have to pay for their own legal representation and if they cannot afford to pay, they should seek alternative law abiding careers."
  18. "Parliament shall enact a law – similar to the First Amendment in the USA – that ensures freedom of expression shall be available to everyone on British soil without fear of harassment from the State for expressing opinions unpopular with certain political factions."
  19. "The Right of Assembly shall be an automatic right to all citizens wishing to protest against any socio-political issue which needs to be highlighted to the majority."
  20. "The intelligence agencies MI6, MI5 and GCHQ will be merged into the National Intelligence Service and the number of employees reduced as the surveillance machinery of the State is dismantled in the public interest."
  21. "The National Public Order Intelligence Unit NPOIU shall be scrapped and the police will have no powers to run undercover spying operations against political activists and political groups operating within the framework of the law."
This is an abridged version of the demands only. A full version with more detailed, concrete policy suggestions can be read at The Daily Agenda main blog.

The Daily Agenda is a member of the Mont Order Associates, as well as the Mont Order Security Council, whose global dissident network has been expanding rapidly throughout 2015 using the tools of the Internet. Simon Tomlin, who edits the publication, is himself an award-winning journalist, an eloquent political writer and strong supporter of the Order.


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Abundance's own rentier parasites?

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Antistatist technologies enthusiast and accomplished writer Kevin Carson exposed the real behavior of corporations that claim to triumph latent network-based management and production made possible with new technologies.


In a defiant post called "Uber: NOT the Networked Successor Economy You’re Looking For", Carson pointed out that in reality, corporations such as Apple, Uber and Lyft do not create anything. Rather, they stifle other people's creativity and undermine humanity's yearning for an alternative economy driven by networks and peer-to-peer production.

Instead of creating anything, such corporations make network technologies available that could have made corporate hierarchies and the state obsolete, yet then they extract rent from them by getting the state to protect them by enforcing the suffocating idea of intellectual property.

According to Carson, intellectual property is being used as a last-ditch defense by management hierarchies who feel that new network technologies will oust them. These organizations spend less time inventing new technologies that could empower networks and individuals and make them independent of hierarchy, than they spend trying to maintain dependency so that people will not be able to use such technologies without going first to such corporations.

This situation was not necessary, Carson argues, and it will become increasingly apparent that it is not necessary as a result of new network technologies that shall "render the corporate form entirely superfluous". Carson pointed to "the rise of the open-source hardware, micromanufacturing and peer production movements" as the best observation supporting this conclusion.

While today, one cannot obtain the needed technologies to network without first going to a corporation, this is the result of deliberate steps keep to corporations in power. The entire current global mode of production has been corrupted by corporate hierarchies desperate to entrench themselves, in order to extract rent from works that they do not rightfully own - the most apparent of which today is the Internet itself.


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