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The only fair and just solution to the problems we face, isn’t left or right. It is a middle way that no political or economic ‘expert’ will like

August 12, 2022 Leave a comment

The only thing worse than the failure of the capitalist experiment – which is the reason for the cost-of-living crisis and the systemic collapse that we are now in the early stages of – is a new narrative, already at work across podcast, vlogging and social media platforms, telling us that capitalism is absolutely great – it just has to be done in a different way.

If this ‘we would do it better and make it work’ mantra sounds familiar, it’s because it’s almost exactly the same one that we have been hearing for decades from the apologists and champions of socialism. Or rather communism or even Marxism in its most inhumane and punishing forms.

Uncomfortable as the reading may be, the painful reality is that what socialism and capitalism in their many respective forms have in common, is it is only their leaders, crown princes and elites that benefit from these perverse systems of governance. They just play to the vulnerabilities and ignorance of the very people they keep captive, through idealism or an obsession with money and wealth, in their most malevolent and destructive forms.

Sadly, our cosseted and entitled world, is a very long way from the experience of Stalin’s historic Gulags, contemporary North Korea or some of the very dark places that China’s ruling CCP hides away today.

So, the innocent idealism that accompanies the inexperience of our massively overlooked young, is all too easily taken in. It is manipulated and misled by the militant generation and their sleepers. Unforgiving victims to the realities of life, whose anger, bitterness and complete lack of understanding of the human experience beyond their own bubble makes the young all too easy for them to betray.

At the other extreme, greed, self-interest and an obsession with power and wealth that drive everything in this failing system, have intoxicated even the most virtuous at every level and nuance of life.

Decades of manipulation and propaganda have made us believe that material wealth is the only way that happiness can be obtained. Old and young alike are so drunk on all that they have or could possess, that they do not believe it possible that a system that feels so good, could never ever fail them or go completely wrong.

Few understand that we are all part of an addicted society, where everyone’s habit is money, wealth and whatever it takes to get it.

Yes, the rules are set by some very wealthy and very greedy people at the top. But they have successfully bent every part of our lives to the will of a greed that has then infected our lives so effectively, that we have forgotten the true meaning and value of any part of life that doesn’t carry a price tag.

The most bizarre twist of similarities between capitalism and socialism is our obsession with this same material wealth. It’s just on one hand the messaging tells the unprivileged population that it should reject it and every part of it. Whereas the other demands that we allow it to takeover our lives in every possible way.

Wealth, prosperity, ownership and individual success are not wrong. Its how we behave when we have them, or what we do with them, that can lead to unimaginable crimes.

The biggest crime of all that has been visited upon humanity by these religions and wealth based political ideologies, is their success in making everything in life all about money in some way.

But it is people, not money or things, that we should always put first.

No Labour Government, no cryptocurrency, no Liz or Rishi, VAT Relief on Energy Prices, Cash Handouts, Qualifications without study, Universal Basic Incomes, Strikes, Inflation beating wage rises, The WEF ‘You’ll own nothing and will be happy’, or any other self-serving tool of the political left and right alike will work to benefit anyone but those who are sat at the top of these top-down, self-serving trees.

There’s a flow chart for all of them. It always goes in exactly the same way. The flow slowly but surely takes everything. In return it sells us much, but in truth gives very little back.

Yet the flow of life should always go full circle and come all the way back around. So that everyone is able to exist and just exist if that’s all they really want to do. Anything and everything else should just be effort related. This is the meaning of ‘you get back what you put in’.

The alternative to these failed and flawed political and economic philosophies that all belong to a money obsessed world, is for us to choose to take the middle way.

The only option or choice to solve all of our problems, is to put People First.

A People First society works from the grassroots up. It puts people and their communities first, providing the legislative, social, business and supply chain networks that put the sustainability of life and the self-sustainability of each and every individual who can work (supporting those who cannot), before anything else.

A People First society requires that all businesses and their processes place the needs of essential living for the community and the advancement of working conditions as their priority. That earnings beyond break-even, are responsible and not traded beyond those who have a direct interest or are actively involved.

A People First society puts governance of the people, for the people, by the people above all things, and always prioritises localism first. It recognises the need for collaboration at every level. But respects collaboration should never itself require the surrender of relative powers at any level of local agency or of our own control.

The central tenet, pivot point or anchor of The People First Economy is The Basic Living Standard or The Basic Living Standard for All.

The Basic Living Standard requires that the minimum wage or wage paid for the least demanding role that any society may have, will always be enough for the person who earns it to cover the basic essentials of life.

The Basic Living Standard for All requires that an independent adult will always be able to feed, clothe and home themselves. To provide for their own basic communication, transport and entertainment needs, along with everything that is essential to ensure that person can exist without third party support, without subsidy from government (benefits) and without having no choice but to go into debt.

By adopting this formula and requiring every part of society, business, industry and other to focus on The Basic Living Standard and doing nothing that will compromise it, either intentionally or unknown will assure its success.

The Basic Living Standard for All will ensure that every part of society, our system of governance and fundamentally the ways in which we live, will redirect to putting People First – which is now the only sustainable way that we will survive and live free and happy lives.

The Basic Living Standard will encourage people to achieve, excel and do whatever they really want to do. But in a People First economy, nobody will be able to do so by exploiting or riding off the back of others, or without regard for the real consequences or true cost of anything they do which can or has the potential to affect the lives of others.

The prioritisation of People, communities and locality first, will not only solve the problems created by greed, by envy and the hatred they promote. It will also address the climate issues, which are the consequences of years of greed-driven abuse of the environment and overuse of natural resources too.

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With things as easy right now as we have been brainwashed to believe they are, change would not be possible for any of us in what we understand to be ‘normal’ times.

However, most of us already know we are no longer in ‘normal’ times, even if it’s not something that we find easy to say out loud.

Whilst politicians and the elites are still pushing a narrative using their pet media that suggests that everything is planned and thought through, there are no alternatives, and above all – that they are in control; the truth is that they are not.

The cost-of-living crisis and everything that is now going wrong with public services like the NHS in the UK, are all part of a systemic collapse. A collapse of everything we know that is both their responsibility and their fault.

When it hits YOU and the people who are important to YOU – in whatever way that will be, that will be the moment YOU have the choice to decide what YOU want to do.

Just remember; a leopard never changes its spots.

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The Basic Living Standard is proposed as the solution to our problems in ‘Levelling Level’, a book that I wrote and published in early 2022, where I also discuss how we got here, what’s really going on, and how it’s possible for us to thrive and survive throughout the difficulties and challenges that we will soon face.

Both Levelling Level and my shorter e-book about The Basic Living Standard are available to read as books for Kindle and can be bought and downloaded from Amazon by clicking the links below.

However, the complete content is available to read FREE on my other blogsite www.levellinglevel.wordpress.com, where you will find the index of all pages on the right-hand side of the PC or Laptop viewed screen.

Expect the unexpected in so far as the coming collapse is concerned

If there is one elephant in the room that nobody wants to see or experience in the coming months and possibly the years beyond, it will be the depth and nature of the crisis which the collapse that is now underway involves.

To say that this is a willful blindness on the part of pretty much everyone would be wrong. It is instead much more to do with the reality that each and every one of us sees the world around us and everything that goes on within it in terms of what is important or relevant to us.

This view of the world that we all have is sometimes talked about as being a lens. Not only does a lens point at a very specific scene or picture, it can have filters added and be manipulated in all manner of other ways too.

It is from this perspective that without looking any further, all of us will already or will soon see the unfolding challenges that we all face coming into view. And that means that there is a very good chance that we are already missing, without realising avoiding, or simply bypassing real issues that don’t appear relevant to us because they do not feature within our current world view.

The Global Supply Chain only works because of lies. It’s breaking now, because the truth is catching up with it

If you read the papers, listen to or watch the news, or follow news on social media, you will be aware of a narrative that is increasingly anchoring supply chain issues and shortages of all sorts of things on the fallout from the Covid Pandemic, the Invasion of Ukraine and even Brexit.

It is because supply chain disruption has been involved with all of these events of what has followed them, that this very specific truth is being rolled out as the excuse for the systemic crash or ‘The Great Reset’ that is now underway.

After all. The greatest lies or marketing plans inevitably hinge on the tiniest of truths.

Sadly, We are all destined to wake up from the unreality of a world where everything has just appeared in our lives after a click or a short trip.

The Global Supply Chain has been built on greed and a convenient lie.

We have just accepted that it is cheaper to make and grow the things that we need on the other side of the world and then transport them to our front doors more cheaply than it would be for them to be made or grown and then sold to us at the end of our street. We believe that it has benefitted us to do so.

We have never though to ask the question, ‘Do we really need these things if they are coming to us from this far away?’

We have never asked the question, ‘How can it be possible for these things from far away to be cheaper than they would be home-made or home-grown?’

We have never asked the question. ‘What is the real cost to all of us?’

The Great Reset and the collapse of this broken system is already underway

May 11, 2022 2 comments

Many of us cannot see that the collapse is already underway. Simply because we are still tied to wealth and material things that we cherish and are emotionally tied to, that we still believe we possess.

We literally still have skin in the game, for as long as we believe that the system continues to be beneficial in some way.

The really frightening thing is that for many of us, that perceived benefit is likely to be very small.

The Great Reset: Some things can no longer be controlled

Whilst the cumulative effects of a system that benefits the few by taking from the many have been taking their time to work through and become any real threat to its existence, they have been in the offing for quite some time.

The question of something happening that would act as a catalyst for long overdue change was only ever about when such an event would happen. It was never about if.

Yet the arrival of Covid nonetheless caught the elites on the march. Indeed, the response to the ‘Pandemic’ by the fools we have in Government, by printing far more money than the system could absorb without exposing the truth of the entire money lie, was only made worse by the knee-jerk implementation of draconian social distancing measures that weren’t thought through, and were simply too obvious in their intent to hide in plain sight.

In time, it was always inevitable that the game was going to be found out. And nobody can control the narrative when we are all victims of a crash.

The chances are, you don’t ‘get it’. But that doesn’t make you wrong. In fact, it really is OK

The world we live in is ridiculously complicated. And by that I am referring to the many different worlds or rather the world or bubble as each and every one of us experiences it. Worlds which sit billions or times over, beyond the one that we feel is more than complicated enough in which we personally exist.

No. Our lives really are not the same.

We are the sum of our experiences.

Even the conversation that I am about to have with the barista when I order my next coffee, will make me a different person in the sum of those experiences. I will be different to the person that I am right now, or rather the person I was before.

We don’t know all the details that make up the stories of all the things that come in to our lives. How food was produced or how it got to the supermarket shelves. Where the computers and phones that we use were designed or where they came from. What it took and who was involved in bringing everything to us.

We certainly don’t understand or appreciate the whys or how’s of how decisions were made by different layers of government, that are having an effect on just about every part of our life.

Something is happening. Something is underway

As I am sat with a coffee and my laptop in a Starbucks, early on a Monday morning in May 2022, I look out of the windows ahead of me.

I see a world that looks the same as it did three months ago – before the Invasion of Ukraine began. The same as it did two-and-a-half years ago – before the Covid Pandemic Began. The same as it did six years ago – before the Brexit Vote and all the subsequent drama began.

But things are not the same.

The one thing that I am sure of is that even the most optimistic of us, or those of us who feel most insulated and secure from problems that we can see and hear about on the news and TV have one thing in common with the rest of us that we are likely to agree on: That something doesn’t feel right.

Yes, your response might be to overlook that niggle you have and immediately look at people like the politicians running our Country, or those with zillions in the bank who are ‘at the top’. You think to yourself, ‘That guy doesn’t see or feel like there’s anything wrong – so how could that possibly be so?’

No matter who we are or what role we are playing in a game which is to all intents and purposes, a very complicated life for us all, there has never been anything more certain than the reality that each and every one of us knows that something isn’t right about our personal experience of the world we all share and live in right now. Right here, today.

We all know deep down that something is wrong. We just have very different stakes in the game.

There are NO MPs in Parliament today who would be better than Boris as PM. But that doesn’t mean any of them should keep their seats either

April 20, 2022 Leave a comment

It seems extraordinary that we have a Prime Minister running the Country who despite breaking the very same laws that he was responsible for, will not under any circumstances accept that he’s done anything wrong.

Yet for all those running around, waving their hands in the air, shouting blasphemy and calling out that this is just not proper and not in any way what British Politics is all about, there is a distinct absence of recognition of just how much the Johnson Government has already done that’s wrong and that it appears to have already got away with. That it is this and nothing else that has made good old Boris feel emboldened and given him the belief that his position remains very strong.

Just how much damage has been done by the approach or rather the response that the Johnson Conservatives and the whole Parliament that has supported them have inflicted upon all of us with their Covid Measures is only just beginning to become clear.

But the fact that through nothing more than what our weak minded politicians will have interpreted as being little more than whimsy, they were able to shut down life and change our whole way of being through the implementation of Lockdowns and many unnecessary social distancing tools, whilst they then printed off and distributed money like it was some fuel that could just be burned, has made these foolish and self-centred people believe that they can do anything. It has galvanised the long-held view of the three ‘main’ political parties that the power they hold is theirs by right, and that it isn’t something that they now have any reason to return.

Like it or not, Boris Johnson really was the best that was on offer from this entire political class, right from the moment that David Cameron resigned in the hours following the Brexit Vote results on a Friday morning in June 2016 – and perhaps even before that too.

The problem for all of us is not that a Foreign War we are not even fighting is going on in Ukraine. It is the fact that we have nothing to choose from other than more ‘what cost-of-living-crisis’ out-of-touch Tories and an excuse for an opposition led by yet another establishment wannabe in the form of just another gutless shit wizzard called Keir Starmer, who leading a supposedly different government has the potential to propel the UKs direction towards the coming crash even worse, and at best will keep the downward trajectory just the same.

How easily and how quickly we forget, when the issues are no longer pushed into our faces by the media for us all to view.

The reality is that we need the politicians we have in power and our parliament today, in the same way that we need a hole in the head. And for as long as any of them continue to hold or influence the reigns of power, whether Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat – or in whatever form the same kind of thinking and behaviour comes – it is as the result of having the hole in the head of the UK that this political class is – or a vacuum at the top where good leadership should be, that the genesis of all our problems and the absence of any solutions that work for any of us will continue to lie.

Business as usual, is over

Perhaps the most critical dimension of writing Levelling Level, has been the challenge of putting on paper what some will read or perceive as being predictions at best and complete nonsense at its absolute worst.

However, all of the information and evidence that now makes Levelling Level necessary has been hiding in plain sight for as long as the decisions and actions creating the need for change have one-by-one, taken place. The direction of travel is very real indeed.

People are very comfortable with the way that the world has been working for a period of time that for many equates to the same thing as living memory.

Let’s face it. When things are good, why would you believe that they could ever change?

Of course, just like the enjoyment of alcohol and the massive influence that it holds on the lifestyles of so many of us, when we are enjoying something, we rarely think about or acknowledge the harms that it may also be doing us too. Yet these are real harms that far outweigh what are only the perceived benefits that we only believe to be making us happy, but are in fact storing up disasters for us in a myriad of other ways.

The obsession with material wealth and the use of money and finance as the benchmark of life that it has become, revolves around the very worst and self-serving aspects of capitalism.

Through the manipulation that underpins consumerism and fashion, unchecked capitalism has effectively taken control of our lives – even dictating the pain and punishment that arrives by default, at the doors of those who for whatever reason cannot afford to actively take part.

To many, this is just the way things are, or what some see as ‘Business as Usual’.

Yet what those of us are so heavily invested in this way of living and what we believe to be the benefits it gives us don’t yet accept or understand is that Business as usual is already over.

The collapse that will lead to this all changing is already underway.

Levelling Level

The Tory Right named their latest response to it Levelling Up. For decades, Labour and the Left have responded to it with public policy that adds up to levelling down.

But what is ‘it’? Do our politicians actually know what ‘it’ is? What is ‘it’ they don’t understand?

Today, we find ourselves in the early stages of a cost-of-living crisis and a fall in living standards that is the worst since records began. But these are only some of the issues we now face.

Social mobility, debt, housing, energy, inflation or stagflation, healthcare, climate change, education, wealth inequality, fake news, crime, wokeism and many other problems join the list that’s fast growing into this out-of-control crisis that is touching everything we know, too.

Change is happening around us in ways that make very little sense. Yet the messages we hear in the media and from our politicians suggest that everything is as fine as it can be. It is leading many of us to assume that we are alone with our views and feelings; thinking that we must be going mad.

The UK is the person with major health problems. It’s in a beauty salon, where every wannabe politician must be seen as top dog by everyone. But this political class are just the Saturday morning trainees, only able to sweep up and comb hair*. They smile sweetly and tell the Country that having a great look is all it takes to fix the problems experienced by all. Meanwhile, what the UK really needs is every form of medical surgery known, with the mental health care and physical rehabilitation necessary to make every part of our system work together, returning the UK to full fitness and providing fair and balanced lives for everyone in the shortest time possible.

With an establishment obsessed with sound bites and messages, rather than public policy that has real depth, Adam Tugwell unpicks the realities of Levelling Up, levelling down and decades of mismanagement and self-interest from a political class that simply isn’t up to the job.

Adam demonstrates that the broken tools of a flawed political age will always leave someone, somewhere behind, and shows that our politicians are repeatedly failing to create the social backstop that the UK needs to stop anyone being avoidably disadvantaged.

Levelling Level focusses on the inevitable process of change affecting everything around us that underway today. It discusses how we can harness the experiences that will accompany the challenges that we face to make life better by establishing a Basic Living Standard for all.

Levelling Level proposes that it is not money and financial wealth, but people and the way that our society treats its poorest and most vulnerable that underscores our real value, success and health as communities and as a Nation.

Levelling Level is a solution to the UKs problems that works for all.

*The qualified hairdressers are the government officers and civil servants, or people who like to ‘nudge’

The Cost-of-Living Crisis that our Politicians have caused: How can it be that we have less when we receive and spend exactly the same amount, whilst others seem to have a lot more?

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

To deal with the Lockdown and the related issues which were unnecessary and of their own making, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Johnson Government embarked on a profligate money printing bender.

It has been an obscene public spending spree that has not only led to the explosion of public debt. It has accelerated all of the deep-seated financial and economic problems that the UK already had before the Covid Pandemic arrived.

So, what has this all got to do with me, you might ask?

It’s a good question. Especially if you didn’t get any free Furlough money or didn’t have a grant of some kind that you didn’t really need or weren’t expecting to be fire hosed via the local council into your business.

Money is money and its value stays the same, doesn’t it?

Well, the answer is no. The value of money doesn’t ever stay the same – because money only represents value and is not the value of anything itself.

This is a crude example of what is happening, but it will hopefully illustrate the point:

  1. Let’s say that £1000 is all the money that exists. Alongside, there are £1000 worth of goods, £1000 worth of property and £1000 worth of services that have that have value, but that value can only be exchanged by using the £1000 that exists.
  2. You own £100 of the money that exists and that money is sat in your bank account or in bank notes in your hand.
  3. One day, you go out and buy £20 of property, £20 of goods and £10 of services and still have £50 left in your bank account or in banknotes in your hands, which at any time on that day will buy the same things all over again.
  4. The next day, you wake up to find that the Government has printed another £1000 of money and put it in someone else’s bank account or straight into their hands.
  5. But whilst the government printed twice the money, only the same amount of goods, property and services or ‘output’ exists.
  6. Because the total amount of money has doubled overnight, the value of those goods, services and property that exist have also doubled over night.
  7. Now, when you go out to shop for the £20 of goods, the £20 of property and the £10 of services you find that the prices have doubled, and you can no longer buy or afford the same that you previously had.

So, increasing the amount of money in circulation whilst there is no corresponding rise in production, goods manufactured in sold or service output simply means that there is more money available in proportion to everything that can be sold.

What makes the situation worse, is that most of the money that has been printed by the Government has gone into the hands of people and companies that are already very rich, who see and understand what the government is doing and then push up prices, knowing that the government will turn around and print even more.

Meanwhile, throughout this process, those on the lowest wages have effectively gained nothing. They instead find that the same amount of money they earned as last month, will no longer cover the cost of the same foods, goods and services. Sooner or later, they will have to borrow or go into debt, secure a higher income or apply for benefits. Or if that’s not possible, go with out in one or many different ways instead.

To call money printing to solve problems that could have been avoided and the Politicians themselves created is a travesty borne of ignorance, stupidity and self-interest, is only made worse by the reality that the political classes have colluded with the finance sector to allow banks to do exactly the same things, not just over the past two years, but for decades of real time.

Printing Money doesn’t solve problems – it just creates many more by helping the rich and punishing the poor.

Once you have felt the pain and accept that things must change, don’t make the mistake of electing more of the same kind of politicians all over again

February 7, 2022 Leave a comment

With an unpayable level of national debt that this Government created, our Politicians have zero understanding of the chaos that massive inflation alone is already unleashing upon real people whose lives they have never even attempted to understand.

They cannot see the harm that the companies and big money they created a deferential system for have done and are still doing through an unending greed for ever greater profits and bank account balances that they will never be able to spend.

Because they are stories that cannot and will not help them keep their seats, those same charlatans, masquerading as public representatives, blithely ignore world events and the behaviour of foreign leaders. That is, unless involvement and association with their ‘power’ can in some way enhance their own.

The funny thing is, that as we tumble into the dark depths of a cost-of-living crisis and fall in living standards that is going to affect us all, we are still allowing the same people leading us to pretend that they and their kind had nothing to do with the chain or events, the choices or the decisions that brought us here.

As the UK faces problems that are unprecedented in modern times, we must face a chilling reality; The architects of all the difficulties and challenges that we face in the months and years ahead, are the very same people who are in charge of the Country right now.

Those politicians who have gone before them or will come and replace them, may look, sound and tell us they are different. But if we stick to what we know and recognise today, they will be exactly the same.

Sooner or later, and probably a lot sooner than anyone can imagine today, the circumstances that surround us will have changed unrecognisably and we will be experiencing pain, hardship and change that affects us all.

When that time comes, as a growing number of us know and accept that they will, we must ensure that the change in the way that we do politics across this Country is no longer top-heavy and dictated by the interests of the few. But is instead, led by the views, feelings and needs from our communities and the grassroots – where real life experience can be used to create a new way of being that is as good for one as it is for all, rather than what’s works to benefit one being forced upon us all to the detriment of the many.

A crash doesn’t necessarily arrive with a bang. Especially if you don’t have ears to hear or eyes to see it

February 4, 2022 Leave a comment

Over the past two years, I have found myself regularly blogging and more recently vlogging about different subjects that people really don’t want to see, hear or consider.

To be fair, I often hesitate before creating any content that can or would be considered predictive in any way.

But it has become increasingly difficult to avoid discussing the effects and consequences that you can see will come about as a direct or indirect result of events taking place around us, or the decisions that our Politicians and Government have made.

Perhaps the most important and most relevant to what is going on around us now, has been when I have shared my thoughts on the coming financial and systemic collapse. A collapse that will be accompanied by a cost-of-living crisis and massive fall in the standard of living for us all, and an accompanying reset of the way that everything works that will inevitably affect us all.

The problem – as a content creator, when discussing such things – is that words like Reset, Correction, Crisis and Crash, conjure up the idea or expectation that change of the kind being discussed will literally arrive in the moment or overnight.

It won’t. Change is happening continually. Change is most radical or most effective when we aren’t even conscious of it happening.

From the point of view and the experience that I offer to share each time that I write or speak, I do so knowing that I have an end view or result in mind, that will come into being through a series of cumulative events, rather than it all arriving at once and with such force that it feels like being hit head-on by a car.

Many people are wandering around on social media today, proclaiming that they are ‘awake’ to what Governments are doing and what they have done. The uncomfortable reality, however, is that anyone who has had what feels like a eureka or watershed moment about a subject they feel passionate about is usually only awakened or has simply had their eyes opened about some of the truths relating to that subject. Very rarely will that experience have opened up their understanding beyond just another layer of hidden truths and certainly not about anything more than that one thing.

We may have eyes and ears, but can neither see nor hear anything that is happening around us, unless the experience we have is both relevant and relates to the subject at hand.

Yes, we may see a news headline and believe we know and understand what it is all about. But without that event or anything about it having touched our own lives and experience in any way, face value is as deep as our understanding will be about it. Until that is, events arrive in our lives that change that experience and understanding that we have about the subject in some way.

So, as we begin to transit the realities of the new world that the catalyst, which was the Covid Pandemic created, it is perhaps the right moment to acknowledge firstly that things have already changed. That they are not going back to how they were before March 2020. That nothing will ever be the same again.

Next, and perhaps more importantly, we should take time to stop, reflect upon and consider what news of sky-rocketing inflation, set against a situation where many people cannot already afford to feed themselves or heat their homes (never mind everything else…) really means and what it now tells us about where we are.

The reality that we must face, is that massive change is already underway.

Change that the political class we are currently burdened with helped to create.

Change brought into being by ineptitude, self-serving stupidity and the lack of ability of this political class to execute the real requirements of public representative roles.

We are already on the first steps of a systemic collapse today. A collapse that cannot and will not be dealt with or addressed by the solutions, ideas and motivations of Politicians and an establishment that have a vested interest in doing everything they can to return things to where they once were.

As I have already said, those days are gone. And what we are experiencing today will in hindsight prove to be very important stages in the journey to where a very new and very different way for us all to live and so things was born. They key is to bear in mind that this massive and probably breath-taking change will not have arrived overnight – even if to some, the moment they lack food, money or fuel will make it feel that way.

The biggest and most troubling question about awakening to what all this means, is how many will realise what’s happening and how many of those will be ready and prepared to think and do things differently, before we all wake up to a serious amount of pain.

Think differently, Vote differently, Then be able to live your life differently. The choice – and therefore the power, is all yours.

No Politician can control the rebalancing process now underway. There is pain ahead and a decision for us all to make before we will get through this to where the UK needs to be

September 24, 2021 2 comments

If you are looking for the reasons behind all the things that are now going wrong, whether it is staff shortages, petrol and diesel running out, empty supermarket shelves, escalating gas and electricity prices, the rapid rise of the cost of living or ‘real’ inflation that we will soon recognise as hyperinflation, or the motives behind vaccine passports, the first and most important thing you need to know and understand is that everything is linked.

No. Not by Brexit. In fact, Brexit was just another symptom of a much deeper set of problems that all began in the very same place.

Yes. Crazy as it might sound, all of the problems we know about and are yet to come don’t have logical explanations that some economist, financier or academic can explain – although they will almost certainly try. But the events we are talking about do all have a lot of common ground.

Before I go any further, I’d like to ask you if you think the world as you experience it is really fair? It doesn’t matter whether it’s the cost of the things you buy and the services you pay for, access to the opportunities that you or the people close to you are looking for, perhaps the provision of public services or local public policies and how that affects you. I’d like to bet that you have questions about one or more of these, and probably many more.

The question is important as we are all perhaps a little bit guilty of taking things that don’t seem all that important at face value. Regrettably, this means that when things happen that hurt us or our life experience in some way, we have a habit of behaving as if we are experiencing this event or difficulty alone, rather than taking the time to think about what might really be happening or how the same thing might be affecting other people who could also be involved.

The way that the media operates makes this rather strange situation even worse. They have a habit of channelling stories that make events that have a very low risk of ever happening to us seem very real to everyone. Meanwhile, the real tragedies that are unfolding in our own lives and around all of us are downplayed or not mentioned at all so that we continue with our lives thinking that we are perhaps being over dramatic or even reaching the conclusion that these real problems that people are facing simply don’t exist.

We aren’t doing anything wrong by not seeing what is happening but is being either innocently (on our part) or deliberately (on the part of media, government and the establishment) hidden in plain sight. But we do owe it to ourselves to ask the questions that need to be asked now that we are heading into a period of what is likely become prolonged crisis, so that we can do our part to ensure that the right people are in place to run the Country and put all of the problems right.

I’m drawing your attention to the question of who will run the Country, because it is the people who have been running the Country and those who are running the Country now who are at the root of the common part of all the problems that we are experiencing now and will soon face.

It is the greed, obsession with material wealth and culture of self interest that fuels this political culture and all the people and businesses that either support or influence them which has led them to making all of the destructive and damaging decisions that they have.

In many cases they are so absorbed with the furtherance of their own goals and the methods that they will use to achieve them, that they genuinely see their own cause as being ours.

They do not look at the policy decisions they are making through the eyes of people who have understanding, empathy for others, or who genuinely care. And the result is that one by one policies that affect the public have been created or changed to help the interests of the few, with an inevitable cost to the many, with follow up decisions to cover the problems they then create being made in exactly the same ways.

It is a vicious, negative spiral that has increasingly left a minefield of life-changing obstacles across the pathway of normal life, where the poorest members of society should be those who can choose to do and are able to do a basic job, because that’s all they need to support themselves without debt, and anything else they might choose to do is met with encouragement and open doors, rather than the barriers to entry that outright selfishness and stupidity in leadership has led to create.

The politicians and would-be ‘leaders’ that we have, really are stupid in the most self-orientated and collectively destructive sense. The only strategy they have is to make every decision based upon what is best for them and as such there really is no genuine public centric strategies in place. They have not brought us here by any means of genuine control, despite being under the illusion that what they do means that they are ‘in charge’, and as the public policy play book has less and less historical case history available to guide them in these unchartered waters that we now face, it will become increasingly and more rapidly clear that they are less and less in control of events until everything finally breaks.

Those ‘leading’ this Country today and sitting in the Parliament behind them are the politicians that we need to replace with real public representatives who have the wherewithal, motivation and experience that will be necessary to deal with all of the problems that having a broken political culture has helped to create.

Worse before better

So ingrained within the system of government and the public sector are these root causes of the problems we now have ahead of us, that the challenges we now face were already developing and progressing before the Covid Pandemic began. The Government handling of the Pandemic and its response to it only serving to worsen the problems and supercharging an already deteriorating situation by adding to the list and magnitude of the issues that we no longer have a choice to face.

Regrettably, this means that things are going to get significantly worse for us All before there is any chance that they can begin to get better. And to add to the pain that many of us will experiencing ahead, we are where we are because we have already run out of luck with the politicians that we have, and we will not be looked after properly at any point until they are removed from power and this rancid political culture is no longer involved.

As we awaken to the trouble that we are really in, it is important that we recognise that the role this political culture and all the Political Parties have played in the creation of the mess means that none of them can be trusted to steer us through what might be years of crisis. They are certainly not the people who we can expect to deliver solutions that will solve all the problems that all of them together have contributed to and made.

Never has there been a truism or quote more accurate than the words of Albert Einstein when he said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Difficult times require stability. In the past, we have been able to rely upon the stability of political leaders who knew how to lead and delegate to the right people, who understood the lives of others, were prepared to take considered risks and were able to put something much bigger than them before anything else – even at the most difficult and trying moments they had. The politicians we have today are simply not the same and to stick with them when all they want to do is defer to self interest and fear would be doing the same thing over again and would as such be completely insane.

A period of ‘natural’ Rebalancing

We do of course exist in a period of human history where everyone with power and influence really thinks that they are in control of the things that they do and that they can control just about everything that comes under the scope of their responsibility. Regrettably for them – and therefore for us, this simply isn’t true.

Whilst it might sound a little bit ‘Earth Mother’, the bigger picture to any situation where there is practical reality at work will be part of some kind of ecosystem. Ecosystems of all kinds develop around a point of natural balance and when something interferes with that balance, there will either come a point where the elasticity of the system is stretched too far and everything is pushed back, or the system itself will actually break. Yes, the system will adapt to and absorb very small changes. But there are laws at work which are ‘natural’ to any system, and simply ignoring them either through ignorance or by deliberate act will ultimately blow the whole thing apart.

The greed and self interest that this political culture has perpetuated and upheld for so long has reached the point where the wider ecosystem has stretched its elasticity to the point of no return.

The system will now break completely – if the political class and self-interest that feeds it is allowed to continue. The alternative is that things must return to a point of balance which is fair to all and to the environment – and that means having new leadership that is not obsessed with control, but with making each decision on its own merits, without relying on long term plans or strategies that in very uncertain times like we are now in – just like being in a war – are not going to work.

A New Party For All

We can no longer exist as we have been, in a situation where benefits to the few have come at significant and growing cost to us all.

The cost cannot be measured just in terms of the financial – although many will still think of it all being only in material terms that the world works.

The cost is also in terms of things like the really meaning, reach and existence of community and how that impacts upon every life, and most importantly, the way that relationships have been progressively dehumanised, and we are being culturally conditioned not to care about others, whilst never looking at ourselves when we have received a life lesson – instead always looking outwards and others for a target upon which to apportion blame.

People are increasingly talking about alternatives to the politicians that we have already got. But what many of them don’t realise is that although they might not be members of the same political parties, they are thinking in the same ways and in relative terms are doing just the same things. In fact, its pretty important to understand that if any of the Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat Parties were not already in Parliament and in the public eye and were started from scratch right now and faced a closed, monopolistic political system as we do, the way they operate and the policies they further as a cause would mean that they would not have a hope of gaining power – without embracing what for all of them would be very significant philosophical change.

We all must think differently about politics now and accept that we can no longer continue the way that we previously have.

We need a movement for change or A New Party For All that reaches out to, engages and works on behalf of and in the best interests of everyone. So that no matter how bad things get for us in the months and years ahead, we can be sure that the public representatives we have are always working on our behalf and will never fail to do the very best for us that they can.

Money: The dream is dying (If it’s not already dead)

August 11, 2021 Leave a comment

You’ve gotta love the way that the mainstream media somehow manages to keep on missing the real news.

In a week when the plight of Geronimo the Bovine TB+ive Alpaca was creatively made to look like some 160,000 deaths of infected cows over the same period that his owner has been fighting Defra simply didn’t exist, the pillars of our information rich society managed to overlook the further £1.15Billion of Bonds that the Bank of England has bought, extending Rishi Sunak’s mammoth money printing and public spending spree into realms which really do now span into the complete unknown.

Don’t get hung up on who is buying or who is selling what to who, when it comes to any kind of financial ‘product’, when the Bank of England or the Government are involved. Either way, this is a process of injecting even more obscene amounts of cash into an already overladen economy – all of which is effectively debt being run up on the public tab.

The thinking that underpins financial jiggery-pokery of this magnitude isn’t only flawed; it is also exceptionally dangerous. The repeated bouts of money creation that the Johnson Government has instigated since the Covid Pandemic began are so high, there is no practical way that this Country can pay anything near the whole amount back.

There is talk that our children and grandchildren will still be paying the bill. But the Johnson Government really have gone too far.

What is more, they have done this not off the back of owning something secure like gold – that actually exists.

They have literally created all of this money out of thin air, all on the principle that the system will keep rolling, accumulating like a rolling snowball, and that as long as it keeps rolling in the same direction (That means the money available gets bigger and bigger), then those driving it and who are responsible for it will never suffer from a fall.

What this apparently bright idea overlooks is the stark reality that exits when the amount of money available increases exponentially, whilst products, land, houses and capital assets that we can actually own, increase at a significantly slower rate – that is, if the amount of them available actually increases at all.

Those at the top of the money chain – who always end up with the bulk of all this newly created cash, have increasing buying power that the majority of us can only dream of. Meanwhile, they push the value of everything up significantly – alongside all the others who are milking the system or taking out value without giving anything back – whilst those on the lowest wages and increasingly even the middle classes too, simply don’t get the wage rises that mean they can keep up with price rises just enough to stand still.

By now, you will probably have realised that this isn’t a Covid-related problem. In fact, this problem isn’t really that new at all. It’s been in the making for 50 years or more.

What’s different now, is the way that the Government and the Bank of England under its instruction, has upped and is continuing to spend.

It is a matter for debate whether the money pumped out to keep the economy moving during Lockdown should ever have been needed at all. But we are well past that point now. And if we go back to the snowball idea that I mentioned above, the reason that so much money is being created and pumped into the economy, is literally to keep the whole thing moving because the Government is terrified what will happen if the whole thing stops.

SPOILER ALERT: It’s going to stop. The snowball will stop rolling and will not be able to grow any more.

The financial system and the economy are going to crash.

It’s not an if. It’s a when.

And the only question that we and ideally the media should be asking, is which will be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back.

There are a range of different ways, and the list is growing. It could be the escalation of cost-of-living prices, like the energy price rises coming in the autumn, or even the flattening of the additional £20 per week allocated to families on Universal Credit as part of the Covid ‘bounce’. It could be a shortage of food on the shelves being caused by a shortage of drivers (that has more to do with the ridiculous standards and licensing requirements that the EU imposed on the industry rather than any lack of EU drivers caused by Brexit) and the unadulterated greed of shipping companies that have created a worldwide shipping monopoly that is seeing prices for goods transport go stratospheric – not for any good reason other than that they can name their price, based on making obscene levels of profit alone. Then there are the issues that are out of our hands such as the precarious state of the US economy, which itself is on the edge of a precipice so large, that it could end the US hold on everything economic as we watch the position of the US Dollar as the World Reserve Currency simply implode.

Whatever tips the balance, it really doesn’t matter. The way that money and economics works today is already well and truly sunk.The neoliberal dream that money can be whatever you make it is dying. That is, If it’s not already dead.

Instead of using the borrowed time that the Bank of England and the Government has left to do anything that they might be able to try to mitigate or offset this coming disaster, they are instead upping the throttle and increasing the speed of compiling and contributing events, literally treating the whole thing as if a disaster is impossible and will never happen. They are working on the premise that they can literally fake it til they make it, by printing more and more money until they believe they will have completely weathered the storm.

Think very carefully about the relationships you have with the people, businesses and community members located around you. Do all that you can to cultivate and develop them in positive ways. Because a time will come perhaps very soon, when we will all have to trade, borrow, barter, help and support the people who are immediately around us – just as life for everyone in this Country once was.

Obsessed with big headlines and the powerful job titles that each and every one of them is sniffing out next, MPs and Government Ministers focus only on what bigs them up, rather than fulfilling the roles that they were elected for.

Foreign trade deals really aren’t going to help in a world that has to reject globalisation because of the fallout from covid and the fact that we are being woken quickly to the unfolding nightmare which is climate change.

Government should instead be investing the money it has available whilst it still has tangible value. Government should support the growth and sustainability of local economies and supply chains that really do away with every kind of unnecessary journey and make it both practical and cost effective for as much of the food we eat and the products we buy to have travelled next to no miles as possible.

We really should be taking this opportunity to focus proactively on going back to improved and better ways and models of working that value every form of human input equally, meaning that a happy debt-free, safe and healthy life is something that even the poorest members of our society and communities can afford.

These things can be done in ways that will remove a lot of unnecessary pain when they are done not by necessity, but by reasoned choice.

Bitcoin Crash: Currencies are nothing more than a medium of exchange and crashes are inevitable for as long as they are valued as anything else

Money and how it is used to calculate the value of wealth and even the worth of the people we interact with makes it one of the most destructive and dangerous components of contemporary life.

Without realising they are doing it many people look upon every facet of life and consider it in terms of its financial value, what it might cost, or what it would cost to have it themselves.

Very few od us follow the financial markets or observe the way that the economic system works – whether that be the ‘financial economy’ or the ‘real economy’ itself. But what may be one of the great mysteries of the world is the process that has led money and the possession of it to become the most important factor governing the way that we conduct our lives.

Just as many great ideas have the power to help and improve lives, the creation of money as a unit or medium of exchange passed its point of best use and was evolved or developed to become something that it should never have or was never intended to be.

Money was quite literally a practical way of making the exchange of goods or services work effectively when those engaged in that exchange didn’t necessarily want either the goods or the products or the services that the person they were exchanging with could immediately offer them in exchange for their own.

Money was literally a way of giving a universal value to anything that any person could provide so that they could exchange it for what they wanted from anyone else, and also became a way to transfer value or to exchange over great geographical distances.

Had the development of money stopped there or somewhere very similar, the World would now be and would behave very differently from the way that it does today. 

Money itself has never changed. But the way that money is perceived by people has.

Money is now treated as and believed by people to be a thing in its own right.

Yet nothing has changed. Money is still nothing other than the medium of a system to provide universal exchange for services and goods.

Yes, there will be plenty who read this blog who possess lots of money or the means to accumulate it who will read this and quickly conclude that what I’m saying is absolute rubbish.

Money is not real. But the belief that it is make the consequences and the impact of that belief real for all.

Decades of money creation and the use of economic theories and practises such as the FIAT system and the neoliberal push for ‘free markets’ that never look after the interests of others as they theoretically should, have led to the creation and development of the financial economy.

The financial economy is a theoretical system that has been made real by the belief placed in it. Because of the benefits that can be gained by those who ‘play’ it and propagate it, the financial economy has been prioritised and championed above the real economy. Whereas the real economy represents the real world of business and the exchange of labour and goods. The real economy is the basis upon which everything money or financially orientated should work.

Whilst an economist could easily draw up and describe the models of how the monetary, economic or financial system works so that it looks like and can be presented as being very real, money is literally being created out of thin air.

The anger with a self-serving system of this kind that is directly responsible for much of the inequality that exists around the World is palpable amongst all of those who understand and care about what is going on.

The anger against the system has led very intelligent people who are disenfranchised from the system, to search for, develop and launch what they present to us as alternative monetary systems that work fairly because the work in a different way,

Cryptocurrencies – of which bitcoin is probably the best known – are the result of this process.

The intrinsic problem that all cryptocurrencies currently have is that in the process of their creation, they have adopted the most fundamental flaw that all units of currency are currently built on: They are valued as something or a thing to be possessed that itself has value, when cryptocurrencies or currencies of any kind never have been and never will have genuine value of their own.

Yes, you can become financially rich by buying and then selling Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency that has been listed on an exchange. But the process that leads to gains or losses in cryptocurrency value are little more than luck. Buying and selling cryptocurrencies is not a science and any gains you make through a crypto transaction simply means it was just your time to experience a win. Much like spread betting or investing through hedge funds, investing in cryptocurrency is at best nothing more than making a bet. This is no way to run or influence a system that will affect everyone in the World.

The value of Bitcoin and all forms of currency is the belief that underpins them. Their value is directly related to the confidence that investors have to buy them. Nothing more. So, the moment that something shakes that belief, like Elon Musk floating a comment on social media about how Bitcoin mining isn’t very green – the value of this ‘currency’ begins a downward journey towards the floor. It is only then that you can really begin to recognise the true value of what currencies are worth in themselves. Currencies are worth nothing and no more.

Strange as it may sound, this blog is not an argument against the use of cryptocurrencies. There is no question that money and currency use and the legal and ethical value set that underpins their use must be improved as we head deeper into the 21st century and increasingly use the technology that we have available.

A problem for us all is that the entire monetary system is itself flawed but is being deliberately manipulated by people who understand the system well and continue to engage in dangerous practises without any consideration for the consequences and impact upon others. We need comprehensive change.

Because it is legal or the law allows those employed in financial services and in the banking sector to engage in the practices they have been for many years if not decades before, it does not necessarily make what they do morally or ethically right.

For anyone who has spent time studying law or the way that government works, they will soon realise and understand that the law has a habit of being very late to the party. On its route to get there it is often distracted by self interest or the interest of those with influence.

This manipulation of the deck is something that we can no longer afford if we are to all live in a world which is fair and driven to ensure that the poorest members of society can sustain themselves and that a basic self-sufficient life is something that everyone can easily and comfortably afford.

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