Whenever you turn on the TV news you wish you hadn’t. It seems that all over the world, our leaders are turning into morons before our eyes. I should say that I exclude most of the EU countries from this sweeping generalisation as most of them seem to be talking sense right now and that’s probably because they are a cooperative with largely common views and self-interest.
The US is sliding towards fascism with Trump in the White House and KKK sympathisers surrounding him. The sad thing is that we’ve seen it all before. We had a financial crash in 2008. The financial crash of the late 1920s led directly to the rise of European fascism. We can’t just blame the outcome of World War I for this because the onerous reparations affected only Germany whereas Italy, Spain and Portugal all turned to fascism and the movement also had a substantial following in UK and the USA. I’ve long held the belief that the USA is a fascist state wearing a democratic mask because the US system has no real socialist movement and the president is effectively selected, not elected. The entire political system exists for the benefit of big business because profit is more important than people. If you want to see illustrations of this fact, listen to anything that Trump says or have a look at American society. Fascism starts with the demonization of minorities, the persecution of the innocent, the creation of a common enemy to keep the people afraid and supportive of a government that they believe will defend them. Well, think again. That kind of government will only support the people who own it and, in the case of right-wing governments, that is big business and the banks not We, The People. On the positive side, some countries that have been exercised by austerity are rejecting it and bringing in socialist governments. It happened in Portugal and will happen in the UK. It really can’t happen in the USA because to be a socialist is to be a dirty commie.
The other illustration of national madness is Brexit. With every passing day, it gets clearer that Brexit will be nothing like the Brexiteers imagined and that the entire country is becoming a ‘Lachnummer’ as the Germans say, a laughing stock. The so-called negotiators are showing themselves to be totally outclassed by the EU team; this is not the time for English amateurishness or fumbling bumbling eccentricity…it’s serious. No one can understand why the UK is pressing ahead with this suicidal leap into the unknown except to satisfy some democratic vote which, if re-run today, would be reversed and everyone knows that. The simple fact of the divorce bill, which was never even mentioned in the Referendum campaign, would see to that. Add to it the fact that the GBP has lost almost 20% of its value already and the NHS will never get £350m a week as it’s privatised by the Tories and you can see how misled the voters have been. Then there’s immigration…oh, don’t get me started on immigration. If UK was France we’d be burning sheep in the streets over this or bringing out the guillotines…but we’re not…more’s the pity. We’re too busy watching football and reality TV to have the time to contest this madness.
Then there’s North Korea and their nukes. I’m one of those people who don’t think Kim Jong-Un is stupid. He does what his military masters tell him to do and waltzes about with his beer gut and stupid haircut whilst a 74-year-old pink newsreader has an orgasm on TV. I think that North Korea simply wants to avoid what has happened to Iraq, Syria, Libya, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam….the list goes on. When Uncle Sam gets it in his mind to show a bit of muscle you need to step back and applaud admiringly. In the west we are fed a view that every country should be grateful to Uncle Sam for being in our country because they’re our friends aren’t they? Well, not if you’re the guy on the other side of the border, they’re not. It’s unbelievable that all the former Warsaw Pact counties are now in NATO despite promises made to Gorbachev that this would not happen. It seems that the USA can do what it wants and no one should complain. Russia complains about being surrounded by potential enemies but at least the USA knows that they have nukes and might be prepared to use them. Interestingly, of course, Russia has never used nukes, only the US has done that. From the North Korean perspective, they see US troops on their southern border and see nukes as the only thing the US will listen to…and they’re probably right; they don’t listen to anything else.
Then we have the vilest, most odious regimes in the world, all dictatorships that discriminate against half of their own population and apply barbaric medieval justice in a modern world. They also kill the people in their poorer neighbouring countries with weapons that we, the French and the US sold them (actually, they also buy a lot of weapons from North Korea…true). I’m referring to the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia of course. However, they must not be criticised because they are also our friends, own half of London and are floating on oil…OUR OIL! If they had no oil, there would be UN sanctions against them and a Nuremberg trials procedure for war crimes. As an aside, I think that one of the founding principles of law established for Nuremberg was that standards of behaviour are absolute and don’t just apply to the Nazis, they must apply to everyone. In that case, most US presidents should also be on trial.
I mentioned earlier in this piece that profit is more important than people to right-wingers and you’ll notice that profit is what drives the US; they have no left-wing alternative. Let me clarify that; the world has limited resources in all but one thing. We can run out of everything but we’ll never run out of people because making babies is fun and is what we do. In WWII, around 70 million were killed but within a generation or so, they had been largely replaced. Therefore, people are expendable. In a capitalist system, the people are the consumers, workers and taxpayers because profit is what it’s all about…
…except, possibly, in Europe. Just look at most European states states and particularly the Scandinavian ones. They seem to have reached a fairly comfortable compromise between Capitalism and Socialism and it works. Taxes are higher but so are standards of living and general wellbeing. You actually get the feeling that the governments are acting in the best interests of the people. All of the people, not just a small section of the population. Bizarre, that, isn’t it? I‘m sure there are filthy-rich industrialists propping them up but you don’t see them.
My final scream of frustration. This is the club that the great British people have decided to leave. There is sanity in Europe when the rest of the world is going mad. We’re choosing to leave that well-organised, imperfect but comfortable room and join those other mad bastards out there. It makes no sense to me at all. National suicide. The ignorant are ruling the world.