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Does anybody on earth still trust his/her Government?

You’ll find that you can trust any government on the planet to do three things: protect corporate power, start wars and finding ever more ways to control you as citizen of your respected state. And that’s about all they do.

Government by the people for the people; those are nice words but they don’t mean shit anymore. As a citizen/voter, I don’t feel we have any control over our government.

We vote them in and as soon as our elected politicians take the stage we again and again find they are nothing but puppets. Puppets on a string; manipulated by big business.

Left or right-wing governments, it doesn’t matter. Do you really think the Left wing Brazilian government depends less on the approval of big business then the right-wing Dutch government does? The economy comes first, period. It’s the same anywhere.

Trust is vital for any democracy but I lost my trust.

Corporate power is bigger then governmental power; well, maybe not in China, but in China the government IS the big corporation.

Politicians learned to say exactly what the people want to hear. They hire spin doctors and marketers to teach them. And although they are fully aware that they “can’t fool all the people all of the time” they get away with it. There’s no alternative so we have no choice but to vote and hope for the best.

Democracy urgently needs to redefine itself. We are on a threshold that might lead to an abandonment of democracy. This same thing happened in the first part of the 20th century when democracy was replaced by either fascism or communism. I sure as hell don’t want to live in a fascist or communist state, but neither would I want to live in an authoritarian capitalist state like China.

But I’m afraid that’s exactly where big business is trying to lead us into; a state where the government solely protects the interests of big business and oppresses their citizens to accommodate the 1% of rich people.

Why? Because it’s much easier to fulfill the needs of the 1% then it is to fulfill the needs of the 99%. Our needs are too divers; they require a lot of thinking and never-ending efforts for we not only need food, water and housing but elusive things like happiness, freedom, justice and respect. These are hard to get and they sometimes go against the wishes of the corporate moguls.

What we need is governments that set its priorities straight. Priority number 1 is the protections of citizens against corporate wrong doings. Government must be aware that corruption and other white-collar crimes come with the territory of a capitalist system. Crimes that include selling useless financial products only devised for quick profit.

Why is street crime being punished harder and harder while perpetrators of white-collar crime are left unpunished or get of easy? Shouldn’t there be mandatory sentences like 10 years in prison for every million stolen from the public? Shouldn’t white collar criminals be banned from doing business just like ordinary criminals suffer the three strikes and you’re out treatment?

I really don’t mind people getting rich by selling good and inventive stuff. I have a high regard for people like that. But I really hate greedy bastards who go to business schools with the sole purpose to get rich as quick as possible. They are the ones that destroy the earth, consume all its resources and trick us into buying useless shit. These people are not so different from your average drug lord. Why shouldn’t they be treated alike?

We need governments to take sides; the side of the people, not of the (multi-national) corporations!

The power of corporate lobbyist must be contained. Political candidates must be able to work without the support of big business. They must able to get by with the support of their voters, period! Obama proved that that’s possible with his campaign to get elected president. Well at least almost…No one is elected president without the approval of big business. And a president should also be able to execute his program without corporate power consent.

Too much power is gained by the wrong people. Marx have been right when he predicted capitalism will destroy itself but let’s not forget it will also destroy democracy and maybe the earth as a whole in the process.

Earlier columns on Occupy and the consumer society:

Your money is no good

No choice but to choose

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To me it feels like people all over the western world have surrendered to the economical crisis. They have surrendered because there seems to be no way any of our governments can do anything to contain the power of the financial institutions that caused this crisis. These banks, hedge funds etc, may have even caused it willingly and premeditated. And if so this may well be seen as an attempt to overthrow democracy.

Ever since the Reagan and Thatcher administrations in the US and UK were voted in, these institutions have seen their power grow in an ever increasing rate. Now these institutions have become so powerful they can keep our government hostage and make them do as they please. Their demand is ‘jump through our hoop; deflate the size of government, the influence of your voters, break the unions and surrender your rights as workers.’

All my life I hear people around me say that democracy is just a farce and that the real powers exclusively belongs to the rich and powerful. These fat cats always have their way in the end, at the cost of the common man. I had a gut feeling that might be right but somehow I refused to believe it, tried not to believe it.

But what’s the long term gain here? What do these people want? In the end it’s people who plan and execute these schemes, not some monster robot or something (at least I hope so…). Did they look at China with their mouths watering? Will authoritarian capitalism replace democracy? Do they want to create an ant farm where people just forget about the pursuit of their personal happiness, to forget about freedom? It may well be, since these institutions don’t feel a need to comply to the wishes of society as a whole anymore; they grew so far above the rest of us, this social elite.

But who do these people think they are? How on earth do they derive any happiness in destroying the happiness of others, in making the bulk of people into slaves again?

But even more important; do they really think they can get away with it? Do they really think we all dozed off behind our TV and computer screens, mesmerized by their ever increasing flow of commercials, unaware, sleep walking? Is there anyone in the USA who doesn’t have family or acquaintances who lost their houses? Is there anyone here in Holland who doesn’t know that it’s almost impossible to get a job with an indefinite contract anymore? And without such a job it’s not possible to even buy a house? Is there anyone who is not aware government downsize only benefits these same financial institutions, the insurance companies, banks and big corporations in expense of our rights?

I used to live in a country where people had a sense of solidarity, where people actually had a say in how this country was governed, where health insurance was almost free, where people cared about their cultural heritage, where children had access to good education and were not put into mammoth sized learning institutions, where people could stop working at the age of 58 making way for the younger generation.

And sure there were people who took an unfair advantage of these benefits, but aren’t those people the same kind who try to deprive us of everything good society gained in terms of social care? I really don’t care if these people call themselves left or right wing; vultures and  profiteers always come from all directions.

The most important question is what can we, common people, do to stop these capitalist whores in their tracks? Well what about this one:  what if we, the people start to refuse money that comes from workers in the financial sector? I don’t mean clerks or tellers, but the boys at the top who make the millions in bonuses. What if we just bluntly refuse to take their money saying YOUR MONEY IS NO GOOD. Your money is no good because it’s deprived from people who lost their homes, their jobs, and their livelihood. So I won’t clean your house, drive your car, protect you or aid you in any way nor will I sell you anything out of my shop. You made your choice to lie, cheat and steal your way to the top but now comes the time we as the masses have to stop you.

Sure there will be people who are still willing to be your slave and serve you, but what if we start refusing to serve those people also?  How long are you going to last? How long will it take before you learn the valuable lesson that you simply need us and you need us to be willing to aid you; you can’t force us. You can’t just kill us all…

It may sound a little bit naive and a bit like like the “what if they declare a war and nobody shows up to fight it” kind of thing, but still this might work. It will at least send a powerful signal that says NO MORE and says it in a non violent way.

And yes; you may laugh at my thoughts and dismiss them. But consider this: why would a man like Warren Buffet, who is rich and, as far as I know, also very smart, offer to start paying more taxes? Don’t you think he has considered that it may not take too long before the people, who until now always held the rich in high esteem, turn around 180 degrees and start seeing the rich and their greed as a problem that has to be tackled, because they stand in the way of us pursuing our happiness? Sure he has! And since he’s smart he knows that it’s better to pay a bit more in order to help solve this crisis and keep the high esteem intact. Better give in than to hold on to an amount of money he won’t be able to spend in two dozen lifetimes anyway.

To be the rich guy amongst too many poor; where the fun in that?

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