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The Challenge of Governanace

And the need for a new paradigm

We have all been born into a social and economic system that has been steadily becoming more corrupt, unjust and entrenched over the generations. Over the past 600 years or so Europeans have exploited the world by taking resources and dispossessing populations of their natural heritage. This form of profiting by theft, and the rules governing money have allowed the concentration of wealth in the hands of the less than 1%.

Today our world is ruled by capitalism and supposedly free markets, but these markets are not exactly free, they are tightly controlled as is our system of governance. We believe that we are living in a democracy, but like the Greeks

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Neo-Liberal Fascism

The destroyers of the world

It’s a popular opinion that we live in free and fair democratic societies where human rights apply, and that every individual has rights and freedoms according to their class. All those rights and freedoms are decided by the individual, and providing they don’t cause harm to anyone that matters, almost anything is permissible.

At an individual level, rights and freedoms are limited by laws and social conventions, but at a governmental or corporate level, things are very different. As a society we have fair degree of tolerance towards small-time bludgers and scam artists who if they are caught may suffer a loss of assets and sometimes prison time.

At a governmental and corporate level,

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Trump Perspective

And the mass hysteria

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Pope Francis was recently reported a saying “a person who thinks only about building walls were ever they may be, and not a building bridges, is not a Christian.” Yet the Vatican city is surrounded by an almost impenetrable wall.

The idea of a wall or a more impenetrable fence than what exists between the USA and Mexico has received a huge outcry of protest yet no one has protested the wall between Mexico and Guatamala or the new wall turkey is building between itself and Syria.

The new US president has placed a temporary ban on refugees and travellers from a handful of countries identified as being high risk by

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Love USA Style

The rotten heart of a superpower

Image courtesy of Prepare for change

Many of the values of western civilisation come about through competition and perceived basic needs for survival which stand in the way of higher thinking and natural evolution. If we look back over history we can see how greed and desire have shaped the world.

As several hunter gatherers people had to stick to the facts because life depended on those facts, but today the world is awash in ideas and attractive physical stuff or glamour. People are competing to have others buy into their ideas and have people buy their stuff so much so that institutions have been established to buy and sell

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One World Order

What would it look like?

It’s already here, you just haven’t noticed

The idea of a one world government is the idea of one common political authority for all of humanity ending borders and all currencies but one. It has been much talked of and such a government could come into existence either through violent and compulsory world domination, or through peaceful and voluntary supranational union.

Adolf Hitler wanted to rule the world through violent conquest and fortunately he was stopped although when we look at the world today with all its conflict and suffering, life may have been little different and not necessarily any worse at least for the select few with some autonomy over their lives.

In

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The Great Game

And the failure we call civilisation

Consider for a moment the larger scale of existence, in terms of the universe we are insignificant specks of life in some far off corner of some remote galaxy, yet we take ourselves incredibly seriously. When it comes to life in our local environment, we give ourselves rights and privileges, and sometimes these rights and privileges are inclusive of others but are all too often exclusive.

There have been times when civilisations have been inclusive giving rise to a sense of heaven on earth, but more often than not, individuals and communities have been exclusive giving rise to conflict and suffering. When we existed as small tribal groups and the human population of the

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The USA August 2016

A troubled nation

He’s a guy fairly representative of the country, smiling like nothing’s wrong when everything is totally wrong.

We are so used to the USA being in the news for all the wrong reasons that no one really takes much notice any more ,and those who do notice either laugh or contemplate what might be in it for them.

It seems that the US plans for the Middle East have quietly come unstuck with the intervention of Russia and the Syrian crisis, a situation that most evidence indicates was created by the US. Now that Russian, Turkish and Iranian relations are sweetening, many US warmongers will be scratching their heads wondering what to do next and some

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Yes Prime Minister

A win for democracy

Played on BBC via Sky TV on October 6th, a win for democracy was the sixth episode of the satirical BBC comedy series first broadcast 13 February 1986 which characteristically took the piss out of the British democratic government. But it was also an interesting look back at international politics and international arms agreements at the time Afghanistan was under Russian occupation.

Where is New Zealand’s political satire?

Beehave / Safetotell on youtube make a good attempt although we must remember that “Satire, ridicule and denigration of MPs using any television footage shot from parliamentary galleries is to be banned under rules proposed by the standing orders committee.” NZH. Then we had Colin

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A New Zealand Story

An apathetic nation

Fuelled by alcohol, inspired by ruby and racing, averse to politics and keen to fit in as a member of one of the tribes, New Zealanders don’t seem to care much about anything beyond sport. Obviously not all are to be tarred with this brush as we do have some very awake citizens, but even they suffer the complacency that blankets the nation.

Great moments

When rugby was still a sport, that’s before it became a corporate enterprise, the nation was proud of a tradition that helped remove the enemy in the first and second world wars. This was a time when we felt part of and allied to Great Britain but after WW2 came Korea and

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