A national discussion concerning the nature of the philosophy which informs social welfare provision in Britain is well past time, I mean to begin to address this "lack of provision" with this thread, please feel free to post your own comments.
I will begin by asking you to consider one notion with regard to the issue, that of Duress...
...In Judaism Sheol is the pit in which the dead gather prior to judgement, it is also where those on welfare benefits in this country have been condemned to by the press, politicians and the spiritual institutions because it follows that in a "free market" (so-called "laissez faire") economy those that must be provided for have failed!
Now in our "Post-Friedmanion/Crass-Keynesian" state we are preparing to employ 19th/20th century Whig and Tory notions of social justice to the welfare provision for the very communities that suffered most under Monetarism, if the result of this is not social chaos and civil unrest I will (frankly) be more than somewhat shocked!*
The basic problem of social welfare provision is that it is more often than not merely public philanthropy**. This was of-course realised (at-first) with the notion of public health-care and education being "free at point of use", however to carry that principle over into the welfare debate has always required a "leap-of-faith" few have been prepared to make (not that "we" support it now anyway re:student loans etc.).***
*See edit 17/01/11 (below).
**Which like "Public Happiness" does not appear in the American constitution anymore than it actually exists anywhere ("public-philanthropy" like "unsustainable-economy" being an oxymoron).
***I find it genuinely unsettling to ponder the link between The British Labour Party and the trade union movement (the politicisation of which ruined the path of social reform in Britain in the latter half of the twentieth century), however (and considering my "liberal fence sitting" carefully), the monetary link between capitalist enterprise and The British Conservative Party was just as damaging.
I have found that those on state disablement benefits almost universally express a wish to contribute (in some meaningful way) to the society they live in. This has also been my experience of those receiving "Job Seekers' Allowance". It would appear to be only the traumatised that must rely on others fully until the "crisis" has passed.
What does this say about our approach to social welfare provision? It means that we must not separate the notions of public health and public welfare, they are one and the same.
It is a Monetarist myth that "expansion = health", a market may choose* simply to improve it's own efficiency (and avoid the possibility of a cancerous "Crass-Keynesian" demise).
* Edit: 30/01/11 May it? This gets very interesting if one is sympathetic to the notion of the possible existence of consciousness which is not exclusively homosapienic.
Clearly if it is possible to transform our global market place "organically" such that our economic philosophy becomes one of sustainability in "dynamic harmony" with the environment which supports it (which Gaian philosophy maintains is a state of consciousness*), we may be able to attribute sentience to it; however if we do so is it really a "market" anymore or has it changed it's nature completely during the transition from Thanatos to Eros?
*I also refer the reader to the work of Theilard de Chardin and his pre-Lovelockian/Schumachian notions of "planetary consciousness". Go to http://medialens.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3015
One can see the transformation of economic relationships entailed as the emergence* of life from death (much like the Yew tree seeds itself in it's own rotting bark).
*"Emergence Theory"..go to http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~sfoster/
It is perhaps easier to understand this process by considering the resource base, an "unsustainable economy" is clearly an oxymoronic concept; in other words by consuming itself it partakes only of Thanatos and is (essentially) dead.
One of the effects of Monetarism has also been to shrink our collective "World View" (re: "Noosphere" Teilhard De Chardin), by convincing us of it's dominance; religion, sex, sexuality, art, music, literature, politics, ethnicity, community, livelihoods and family relationships have been subsumed by the market. Infact the dominant philosophy of Monetarism (that of untrammelled speculation -the so-called "free market"-), has resulted in the occlusion of the processes of exchange themselves.
My condolences to the family and friends of Micheal Foot, one of our great British statesmen.
Micheal would have understood and I think even Neil still does but the modern Labour Party come on we'd have more socialisation under Hitler!
Now this is urgent...... http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rgg31
Recent YouTube discussion with "Astrotometery" Quote..
astrotometry Urgent HADRON Urgent HADRON
Nice to know I'm not completely persona non-grata round here.
Look the (observe me well) "Dark Flow" = "Thanotic Energy" (or aspect of?)."......
astrotometry Re: Urgent HADRON Re: Urgent HADRON
"I'm sure it's not what they say it is, nor what they think it is, but what exactly it is?
I can't say."
"astrotometry Re: Urgent HADRON Re: Urgent HADRON
"May I posit that we are witnessing the evidence of what one might term a "Teslic Cascade" (I believe that if we touch the "halo" or "event horizon" of this gravitational influence we may well be unable to control the resulting acceleration)?""
..also go to.. http://medialens.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=10298#10298[/i]
References; music, law, logic, meter and optical and other instruments, also note reference to "resolution" re: Brethonic spiritual/cultural beliefs/practices on thread..."What's that Coming Over the Hill?"
"That which inflates must deflate!"
Yeats was right... (..."fifth rate demonologist"?!)
"THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre,
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its low thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"
"What "rough beast" indeed?"... http://www.israellycool.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Baby-Jesus-Stig-from-Top-Gear.jpg
"Crowley studied at Trinity College at Cambridge, devoting his time to poetry and occultism. He joined in 1898 The Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn, which had also poet W.B. Yeats as its member. Other illustrious names included Algernon Blackwood, the creator of the occult detective John Silence, and Arthur Machen. Its ceremonies were strongly influenced by cabalism and spiritualism. During the next few years Crowley became a member of the group's inner conclave, but after quarrels of the control of the group, he was expelled from it. He founded his own less prominent order, the A A or Argentium Astrum. The Golden Dawn, which was a white magical order, became divided and never regained its former popularity. Crowley accused later that Yeats had used black magic against him, but he managed to defeat the spell. There was one side effect - Crowley lost his mistress Althea Gyles to Leonard Smithers, a publisher, who was specialized in pornography."
The quality of the usual circumlocution, circumscription and obfuscation concerning the issue of social-welfare provision which we are currently receiving from our "Post Friedmanion" politicians has been thrown into sharp relief by "The Credit Crunch". What one asks will The Empire do when the populace discover that their beloved leader is "in-the-buff"?
(NB. I will update my links to "Astrotometry" regularly on my thread "Particle Beam Physics/Weapons an Intelligence Black Hole?" as I believe that this information belongs to everyone and I encourage others to make their friends, family, colleagues -and enemies?- aware of his work.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYZbZQvY9DM&playnext_from=TL&videos=-P0gbQ0AbI4
..so for regular "Seismic Updates" please view thread http://medialens.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=10298#10298 )
"The Clegg-Cameron" (sequel to "The Coming of Television-Head")
Are we to be convinced by the mellifluous perfumes of "The Clegg-Cameron"?
I think not, I think not.
"Sorry is as sorry does", says my friend the wife of the local Unitarian Minister Emeritus, I wish the apologists for Monetarism would stop apologising and do something. It is utterly asinine for national governments to continue to treat their populaces like unheeding cash-cows. We might ask ourselves, "How did we ever let it go so far?" but that doesn't solve the problem. We are heading for a socio-political spasm which will shake the foundations of the global socio-political system, the result of which one dare not predict.
"Charity Begins at Home"
Qu:To whom are we as a nation now charitable?
Ans:The financial institutions.
The remainder of the population to whom the charitable principle should be applied have been ignored.
The principles of Aneurin Bevan's*, Sir William Beveridge's** (and others) "Welfare State" have not just been subverted by "The Monetarist Elite" but actually inverted by that same elite's use of "the rod of nihilism" on our communities.
""I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation**."
Prime minister Margaret Thatcher, talking to Women's Own magazine, October 31 1987"
*Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/halloffame/public_life/aneurin_bevan.shtml
**Under-score mine. How is an infant or paraplegic obligated to contribute to the monetarist upstream? The notion of obligation is pure Social Darwinism (note how the paradigm collapses under close examination).
For those who question my grasp of economics here I draw the readers attention to the motion of the cycles of public and private finance in our economy. Our Welfare State and the entire Public Service Sector have been being vampirised with increasing success (mainly by the interference of private financial institutions in the movement of capital) over recent decades*, if this process is allowed to continue all we will be left with is a corpse (or worse). This has occurred because our so-called "Public Guardians" (including the media) have either actively encouraged or colluded in the process. I do not believe that it is any coincidence that the integrity of our parliamentary representatives (as a whole) was both under greater scrutiny and in greater question than at any other time in living memory prior to our last "election".
*By subtle methods (such as investment control and collateral "log-jamming") and others not so subtle (such as the blunt-instrument of the "Private Finance Initiative", international purchase control forcing credit use -not so prevalent now of-course-, or the simple expedient of investing in the phone company that your customer uses and then forcing them to climb your phone-tree ad nauseum* and/or making the retrieval of funds and self-management of their account as difficult as possible). These same games are also played with private/personal finance by the financially powerful cabals in order to maintain "minimum aperture" on the valve of the monetarist upstream.
*Or at least it feels that way (I suppose ""Thugee" is as "Thugee" does" as well though). You can also try explaining the notion of benefit entitlement to someone who still believes in the caste system (before they manage to..........), "but seriously folks" time is money (which is why we need The Post Office and Post Offices)!
Free The Weed
Go to http://www.drugdevelopment-technology.com/projects/sativex/ http://www.sativex.co.uk/press
I mean what nonsense?! How can you tell people marijuana causes psychosis (and criminalise it) at the same time as prescribing it? It may be true that badly bred marijuana causes psychosis, this is not a reason to ban it, it is a reason to improve and increase research into this amazing plant; as what we are discovering about marjuana's remarkable "reflective capabilities" (clumsy phraseology I know and probably better expressed in many other languages, languages which have -unfortunately- been ground under the Anglo-Saxon jackboot), is far more valuable to society than are the social consequences of what is basically a paranoid and hypocritical attitude towards the plant.
Just think, how many of The World's economic, political, environmental and social problems would be solved if we legalised the recreational and medicinal use of; opium, coca (in it's natural state) and marijuana and re-assessed our attitude towards entheogenic ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entheogen -Edit 30/12/10-) medicine* generally?
*"Bunkum!" You say? Not as "Bunkum" as saying "Homeopathy?! Vibrational Medicine?! Impossible! Why? Of-course it's impossible we don't know how it can happen! In any case there is no evidence that such processes as "the memory of water" exist!"* go to http://www.hado.net/ .
*I paraphrase only slightly remarks made by a Swiss doctor on "The Radio5 Live Breakfast Show" some years ago.
In recent years The British Army has burnt it's largest ever single haul of Afghani hashish (some 250 tons -approx-).
16 Ounces per Pound, 2240 Pounds per Ton 250 times is 8,960,000 Ounces. If sold on the street at a very reasonable £100/ounce one can see that the total value of the haul is Eight Hundred and Ninety-Six Million Pounds.*
The U.K government then paid the Afghani farmers for the pleasure of burning it all in one go. This harvest could provide revenue both to us and to them (if we can prove capable of doing business like human beings and not like imperialist aggressors). People are dying in Afghanistan, for what? So that corrupt politicians, doctors, lawyers and others can perpetuate the myth that by keeping many entheogens, herbs, fungi and other non-synthetic substances illegal we are somehow battling social evils (a "society" which on other occasions our "lassiez-faire" administration claims doesn't exist -see above-**), instead of revealing what the pursuance of such a policy really means to them in financial terms?
*£896,000,000 is the basic market value, the secondary and tertiary financial benefits to the economy would obviously be considerable.
**If "The Clegg-Cameron" is to be believed it is possible to go from "no society" to "Big Society" in one "giant leap", is this Expansion Theory gone mad?
Of Self and State
If we cannot discriminate between self and state we cannot act (which is the real problem with Monetarism it cannot differentiate, partakes only of Thanatos and is therefore incapable of real action). In a state of implosion since it's manifestation (by which I mean when the "laissez faire ice-berg" -the tip of which is Monetarist economic theory-, became apparent ), the philosophy of Monetarism is singular in that we are able to actually visibly witness* it's demise. Based on no base (in other words unsustainable), Monetarist economics was the philosophy of negation, manifesting simply in order to indicate the necessity for change.
*With our "new eyes" re: Nikola Tesla and "Photonic Vibration Theory".
New Welfare Initiative
Goodness knows we need some initiative to be taken with regard to welfare provision in the U.K., no one I know thinks that "The Under-Class" doesn't need to be empowered in this country but yet again having two heads results in half-measures!
What could be more transparently Thanotic than this little morsel... http://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/general-coffeehouse-chat-514/news-current-affairs-topical-discussion-12/457439-hundreds-playground-schemes-mothballed.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/aug/11/playground-plans-frozen-spending-cuts ?
I wonder how many playgrounds have been cancelled in the private education system.
NB (Ed's Note 17/01/11): In my opening paragraphs I say "preparing to employ "Whig" and "Tory" notions of social justice", I am forced to amend this comment in the light of the many recent attacks on what remains of our Welfare State and National Health Service. Much of the recently passed economic legislation to which I refer resembles not so much the application of "Whig" and "Tory" notions of social justice as the ravenings of untrammelled Monetarism. This however does not detract from the far more important realisation that the "Monetarist Beast" rages because it has forseen it's own end. I crave indulgence for my former ("liberal"), notion that such could ever have been otherwise.
"Eros and Chaos" (For those who wish to explore the lore of The Greek Pantheon further)
" Primeval Chaos, which some have called a void and others have equalled with disorder, appears sometimes as a being capable of intercourse and procreation." From www.maicar.com
"Aristophanes, for example, says that Chaos exists from the beginning together with Nyx, Erebus and Tartarus. An egg laid by Nyx in Erebus gave birth to Eros, who, mingling in Tartarus with murky Chaos begot … the race of birds."
"Unsustainable Economy", another way of expressing zero?
Also see: "A "Coalition of the Willing" ?" Go to: http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/i-say-again-this-is-no-parliament.html
"Arbeit Macht Frei!"
Quote: "Government Set to Strip Disabled People's Basic Human Rights
The government’s ill-thought through plans to scrap the Independent Living Fund (ILF) from 2015 will not only wreck disabled people’s lives but potentially push them into residential institutions rather than being able to live in the community. This is in spite of these rights being guaranteed by the ratification of a United Nations Convention." Go to http://carerwatch.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/condem-government-set-to-strip-disabled-peoples-basic-human-rights/
Quote: "This is not wartime Nazi Germany and Cameron's attacks on the vulnerable and needy must be stopped
As a result of Cameron's spurious recent behaviour in pushing through crippling, quite literally for some, amendments to disability benefits, it has become clear that the attached issues are even more heinous that the blueprint of the Welfare Reform Bill, itself.
And it is this: disabled people will now face the prospect of unlimited unpaid work or they will be subject to cuts in their benefits. For millions that is nothing more than a line on a page but for many terrified and suicidal others, it is anything but." For full article go to
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2102484/This-wartime-Nazi-Germany-Camerons-attacks-vulnerable-needy-stopped.html (Also see "comments").
Quote: "U.N Disabilities Convention Issues Unequivocal Warning to U.K Government
Disability Rights UK warmly welcomes the report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on the implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Liz Sayce OBE, Disability Rights UK Chief Executive, says:
“The JCHR firmly asserts the status of the UN Disabilities Convention in our domestic policy and law. They have issued an unequivocal warning to the Government that their reform puts disabled people’s lives at risk. The Government must conduct a full assessment of the cumulative impact of current reforms on disabled people and ensure disabled people are involved fully and timely in developing policies which affect them. We welcome the Committee’s recommendation to assess the need for a freestanding right to independent living. We urge the Government to take real steps to ensure that disabled people have the same level of choice and control and freedom in their daily lives as other non-disabled people.”
Sue Bott, Director of Empowerment and Development, says:
“Support for disabled people is like a house of cards. Remove one, and the house will collapse. Without it, disabled people will not be able to participate equally in society, as full citizens. The JCHR rightly recognises that much of the support is determined locally. We hope that local authorities and others will respond to the report’s recommendations and work with disabled people’s organisations to ensure that disabled people can fully exercise their right to independent living.” Go to http://www.radar.org.uk/news/news-release-disabled-people-must-be-given-right-to-support-says-disability-rights-uk/