Saturday, 22 October 2011
I am not Stalin!!!
I look at life and think it either fits or it doesn't fit. If it doesn't fit I don't just moan. I will try to look at a solution and then verbalise it in layman's terms. Ok sometimes I slip up. If I was in power... I'd probably be corrupted and persuaded to take advantage of my situation... Just kidding... I wouldn't ...I'd heal the world... Yes thats the one.. I would!! Don't start!
I do understand why people would say these things about me though. I rant about greed and corruption and I believe Capitalism is a failed model, particularly the style of capitalism we have developed in the UK and especially the US. However, in my opinion, there are two reasons I've been getting labelled as a socialist.
Firstly, when they hear me speak of, anti-government, world poverty, sharing, fairness, corruption, greed etc., a light goes off in their heads and their programmed mind kicks in. They quickly revert back to previous decades when the propaganda soundbites used by government and media to dismiss communism and totalitarianism. It's like a hypnotic state of mind hits them when certain keywords are used and it immediately induces thoughts of 'Communist', 'Stalin', 'Marx', 'Chairman Mao', 'lefty', 'socialist'. Keywords that have been left etched in people's minds deflect them away from any rational argument regarding, say, conquering corruption and instead directs them toward nonsensical labelling or name calling.
The other reason of course and regrettably more so, is sheer ignorance and laziness on their parts. The truth is the majority do not understand what these terms really mean anyway. They didn't go to college or University so were not opened up to social interaction on a political or intellectual level. They certainly cant be bothered or would ever conceive to read anything intelligible beyond a good, sci-fi, crime or horror novel. Let's be as stereotypical as the morons they are, their world doesn't get more important than football for the lads and XFactor for the girls. The big debates are more likely to be, which soap opera character is getting married is OR which footballer is in the news for having a 'wild party' OR who is appearing in the next "I'm a celebrity, Get me out of here!" They would never consider something like, 'Why do we endure this Eastern block version of capitalism with its overly controlling policies and how do we fight the corruption within, feeding off our tax money?'
Ok yes, I am sulking about it. I mean, c'mon 'Stalin'?! Me?? I'm trying to save people's lives, not execute them! This is truly reflective of today's society and the level of education out there. Just to spew out soundbites and try to pass it off as intelligently contributing but really not knowing what they are talking about. Argghhh!! Idiots-don't know-what-they're-talking-about-bastards. I know they are thinking of Karl Marx. Obviously it's Marx! Why I ought to shove a book down their throat. (Alex Jones rant!! What do you mean who? Arggghhhh!!!)
Sshh... breathe...Aaaahhhh...and rest.
To my mind, yesteryear the cold war was on sale aplenty especially in the US but back in the day, to all of us Westerners and we bought it. This cloned belief, this passive, subliminal, unconscious scar prevents a serious message becoming actioned. People would rather grumble but do nothing actively, not to mention not even really care and ultimately put up with their circumstances. These same assholes are the ones that are self-governing against those who rock the status-quo, just in case we all start drinking vodka and start calling each other Vladimir and (think of a stereotypical female Russian name and insert here). Oh and of course these days the Communist threat has transformed into the Terrorist threat in order to play on people's fear.
The serious side to this topic though is that every 4 seconds a child dies from poverty and/or disease. A truly preventable death. We allow this and it doesn't touch us. Westerners do not understand, appreciate, care (pick one) about the connection. The sad truth is that other people's untimely death, particularly third world death is of no consequence to them. To others it may be a conscience cleanser for them, so that every 'Children in Need' or 'Red Nose Day' charity TV night, if they are at home to watch it, they'll contribute money. To others faced with a begging bowl it's an exercise in blame or excuses and any reason whatsoever not to do something to help change things. They are the people who say 'Charity begins at home' which is a perverse thing to say when you really consider it. For me the majority of people are guilty of manslaughter through neglect, something a nurse would serve time for.
Socialist, Marxist, Communist, Fascist or Capitalist. I'm none of these things and sometimes on a micro level, all of these things. I simply want not only a fairer system of government in my country but the same throughout the world. I do not think of us and them. I think we're all in this together. Break down barriers, change mindsets, feed everybody and educate those with 'normalcy bias'. Lets not forget in a democratic 'nanny state' country with big government control measures the US for example has around 3.5million adults and 1.5million children homeless, realistically 15% unemployment and 45million people now consider below the poverty level. Tell people!
Oh and I have to be honest here, when I say them, they and the majority, I really mean You, Us and We. We are all to blame for the ills that happen in our world and it's mainly because we sit on our hands and don't even bother to pass on a message. 'What can I do?' Seriously? Minimum, if you read or see injustice, inequality, corruption, cruelty, brutality, bullying, intimidation, on any level, no matter how obscure or how well known, pass on the message and shout about it. Even if you get it wrong sometimes and someone corrects you. Try this on facebook and discover how many of your friends are interested, how many are aware and how many come back with moronic nonsense that I've discussed in this blog.
Don't let hatred rule our world. Don't allow politicians fill their pockets with your tax money. Don't allow soldiers to commit war crimes. Don't allow greedy bankers to pay themselves and their buddies through the hidden reserves. Don't allow pharmaceuticals make us dependent on pills. Don't allow police to assault people. Don't look on and observe other people's circumstantial misfortune. Expose it all in any way you can. If you read something interesting share it. Wake people up! In this way the majority become the minority and the hand that holds you down will become more apprehensive.
I was listening to a debate on the radio about Gaddafi... Gadhafi... Qadhafi. Oh just pick one. A man argued, '...now Libya is free of him, let them get on with it, it's none of our business to be meddling in their lives'. At first I thought, 'yeah leave 'em alone, we have our own messes to sort out'. Shortly after though I shifted, 'If we don't help their people they may end up with another tyrant or military rule that allows their people to suffer'. But hold on, democracy is not a reality either and capitalism is corrupt and based on debt. Western powers will go in heavy handed and help hand pick a new leader only to serve their own interest not the peoples. So you see caring for people is tough and the solutions are not always straight forward.
Good luck holding off the keyword vultures :(
Ps. Does anyone know when "I'm a celebrity..." starts back up?