Every decision we make in our life has a ‘cost’ – which promptly begs the question of who pays, a question that has national and personal implications which impact on our democracy, politics, society and finances. On any aspect of their existence, by nature people do not like being forced to act against their will, yet they willingly vote at general and local elections to do just that.
We are continually informed by our politicians that we are free people, that more powers will be passed to us, yet – to quote Tyler Durden on Zerohedge - ask yourself, are you really living in a free society? Are you free? If not, why not?
- Does a free society have hundreds of thousands of laws, codes, rules, regulations, and policies which effectively criminalize nearly every aspect of one’s existence?
- Does a free society hunt down criminals and terrorists by treating its citizens like criminals and terrorists?
- Does a free society saddle unborn generations with obligations they never signed up to bear?
- Does a free society award near total control of the economy, the money supply, and everything tied to it, to a tiny elite few?
- Does a free society brainwash its citizens into believing that they live in a free society?
It is well known that where a vacuum exists, something or someone will always move to fill it which is how, when considering our democracy and politics, the political class have managed to condition the people into thinking that they, the politicians, are indispensable where the governance of our country – and us – is concerned. The people, by not taking responsibility for their own lives, have themselves created the vacuum into which the political class have moved, thus condemning themselves to a state of servitude.
Although the popular support of the Lib/Lab/Con is in decline, paradoxically the stranglehold that they have on politics is increasing, along with the power they exert. The people do not seem to realize that when those three parties talk about reform and change, they do so from the perspective of what will benefit their individual party – and not from the perspective of what will benefit the country. While those three parties continue within their bubble of self-interest, nothing will change and any hope of reform can be forgotten.
There is not much point in people standing on one side while criticizing the political class; there is a need to explain to them that their lives and their future lay in their own hands, not those of the political class. They need to be reminded of that oft-quoted section from Ronald Reagan’s first Inaugural Address in 1981:
“From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”
The ‘Demands of Harrogate‘ are simple to understand and form the basis whereby people can regain control of their lives and that of their country. The basics of self-democracy, encapsulated as they are in the Demands’, may at first sight appear unpalatable to people conditioned as they have been not to think for themselves. However, the fervour that the people exhibited towards Team GB at Olympic events can be redirected at them because where the future of the individual and of our country is concerned, are the people not Team GB?