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Export warfare truce

Why Wales needs to export LESS, not more

The drive to export more and more

In the material world – the real world – exporting goods and services represents a material loss to a nation.  We produce real tangible goods like food or manufactured goods and then send them away for others to enjoy. Their material gain, our material loss. The importing nation is materially richer while the exporting nation is materially poorer.

So why do all political parties, mainstream media, and “economic experts” insist that we should focus on increasing our exports to strengthen the economy? If not the real economy of lives and stuff, what economy are they talking about? Why does everyone champion the material impoverishment of their own nation?

The reason our “economic experts” encourage increasing exports as a vital economic strategy is because all nations are stuck in an acute state of insolvency. We are insolvent because we have collectively fallen prey to a debt-based monetary system created and foisted upon us by financial parasites – also known as the banking sector. The same banking sector that funds the universities that produce the “economic experts” that advise governments.

The advantage to indebted nations of increasing exports and swinging the balance of trade in its favour, is that the influx of external currencies helps it keep up with the extractive interest payments levied on virtually our entire money supply.

Export Warfare

On a macro-economic level we are all working harder and harder for less and less to keep up to the increasing burden of this financial sector levy. This is the underlying impetus for export warfare being waged around the world. It’s the reason neoliberal economists and their trained parrots, mainstream media and politicians, underline the importance of exporting.

This call to export more and import less is echoed around the world, resulting in fierce competition in a global race to the bottom. Whoever can exploit their nation more by paying their workers less and pillaging their environment “wins”. We get richer by making ourselves poorer. Such is the logic of modern debt-strapped economies.

It is a war only idiots would want to fight, but a very popular war nevertheless.

There can only be losers in this war

One nation’s favourable balance of trade can only come about through another nation’s loss. For every national economy that exports more than it imports, there must be other economies that import more than they export.

Like a game of musical chairs, there can only be winners because there are losers. The importing losers get more stuff, but suffer a shrinking economy due to an outflow of money to the exporting nation. The exporting winners have less stuff to consume but have more money to keep debt foreclosure at bay.

However, given the unrelenting nature of compound interest levied on the entire global money supply, the future for all nations looks bleak.

Nations with an unfavourable balance of trade fall into increased debt-servitude along with growing impoverishment and privatisation of natural resources. (Greece and Latvia come to mind.)

Further down the road, even nations with a favourable trade balance will no longer be able to keep up to the cancerous exponential growth of compound interest and will suffer the same fate as their rivals – debt-serfdom in a neo-feudal financial order. The 2nd Dark Age will be here.

There are no long-term winners in Export Warfare. No one, in the end, will be left standing.

How to quit the war and live in prosperous peace

Export warfare, the race to the bottom, environmental destruction, and impoverishment of our lives is all driven by a dysfunctional monetary system based on debt. It has been created by the 1% for the 1% – to the detriment of the rest of us.

This explains why we are driven to engage in cut-throat export wars. Simply put, we keep our boat floating by sinking others.

What kind of world is that? An insane one. Isn’t it time we said enough is enough?

Saying ‘enough is enough’ is simply replacing our privatised debt-based money with social credit (national debt-free money). More about this here: Independent Wales = Prosperous Wales

Any nation, such as Wales, that decides to return to sound monetary policies (based on social credit not private debt) would be free from the need to engage in export warfare with other nations.

We would be then be free to trade with whom we pleased, not forced to trade just to stay afloat.  Real free trade – not the sham version forced on us these days- would of course continue. We would still want to import cocoa, coffee, and other goods we cannot produce here, and export goods that others want. But it would be free in the sense that it would suit our personal desires and needs, rather than be driven by debt-leveraged corporations and ‘trade missions’. Economies of scale, single markets, trading blocks, etc. would all become largely irrelevant.

Our local Welsh economy, created and sustained by our own labour, could once again become the cake. Export trade would become the dispensable icing. A social credit-based economy would allow just that – and ensure a secure future for our children, and our children’s children.

The alternative, to continue on with our drive for exports complete with trade missions and summits, is to allow our children to be sold into debt-slavery. (Given rising student loans, the high cost of housing, stagnant wages and reduced prospects, it could be said that this has already happened.)

 

 

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Only an independent Wales can be prosperous

An independent prosperous Wales

When asked about independence the majority of Welsh people will reply something to the effect that it would be nice but not practical from an economic perspective.

The belief persists that an independent Wales is simply not affordable and we remain dependent on the generosity of the UK state.

But what if the opposite were true? Fact is, the opposite is true.

This following article will explain:

  1. why Wales remains a poorer nation in the UK;
    2. why the world in general has been in a state of economic decline over the past few decades;
    3. how an independent Wales could catapult itself into being the most prosperous country in the world.

Why Wales is the poor man of the UK

Despite gaining some powers through the devolution settlement in 1997, many of the powers needed to transform and invigorate the Welsh economy remain in Westminster and Brussels. We are still shackled to a single currency controlled by the Bank of England with its disastrous monetary policies.

The powers of the Welsh government are similar to a county council but with a wider remit and larger budget. It presides over an allowance of around 15 billion pounds allocated by Westminster each year.

However, we continue to be drained of financial and natural capital by contracts awarded to firms outside of Wales. Public transport and renewable energy exploitation are just two examples of this continuous drain.

Like county councils, the Welsh government is prohibited from stemming this outflow by EU and UK laws, such as the misnamed ‘best-value’ procurement regulations. They require contracts to be awarded to foreign firms that can under-bid local companies due to their scale and ability to leverage debt.

Hence, every year countless sums of money are sucked out of the Welsh economy. They show up as profits for big business and shareholders in London, Frankfurt, and other financial centers around the world.

The result is a booming southeast England while the rest of Britain has to tighten its belt.

The problem is systemic and can only be changed when the Welsh people have the power to alter how the system works. Yet our power as a democratic nation to make laws and improve the nature of the economy are extremely restricted, indeed almost non-existent.

Wales needs a system where taxes are collected and spent in Wales through a combination of nationalisation and awarding of contracts to Welsh companies. By keeping the money flow within the nation the economy is strengthened, not weakened and drained as it is today.

In essence, Wales needs the same powers and privileges that England currently enjoys with its seat of political power in London. Until that happens, Wales will remain a ‘poor man’ of the UK.

Why the world is in economic decline.

BBC produced a report a few months ago highlighting predictions by ‘economic experts’ that the next generation would have reduced prospects and suffer a lower standard of living than the previous generation. What was most astounding about this report was that there was no analysis of why we were collectively becoming poorer or what could be done about it. It was all presented under the false narrative of TINA – there is no alternative.

So are mainstream media and our political elites deliberately deceiving us or are they just simply ignorant of the facts? A bit of both, but more the latter than the former.

Is ignorance an excuse?

A recent survey of MPs conducted by the Positive Money group in London discovered that over 80% of MPs did not even know where money came from, let alone how the private debt-based system works to impoverish and enslave the majority. For details on this survey see: Shocking igonorance of MPs in Westminster

So why are we becoming poorer in the West with stagnant wages, persistent unemployment, government spending cutbacks and rising costs of living?

A scandal so big few can see it

The reason our economy is going down the tubes is that our money system has been privatised and is now based on debt – debt that extracts non-stop interest payments to the 1% while the rest of us must continuously tighten our belts.

In a nutshell, governments have allowed private banking cartels to fabricate virtually our entire money supply out of thin air (97% in the UK) as credit (their credit, your debt) complete with compound interest payments attached.

Allowing an economy’s money supply to be privatised as interest-bearing debt has a host of undesirable consequences, including:

  • an ever increasing extraction of unearned income from the real economy (the 99%) by the financial economy (the 1%)
  • a growing wealth gap between the few and the many
  • a downward pressure on wages and an upward pressure on prices
  • a scandalous housing price bubble dispossessing a whole generation from secure home ownership
  • the proliferation of cheap disposable goods
  • the collapse of small locally based business and the emergence of exploitative trans-national conglomerates
  • the need to engage in ‘race-to-the-bottom’ export warfare and increasing dependence on external markets and the global economy
  • the replacing of free market economies with rigged markets to serve the few (neo-liberalism)
  • the manifestation of acute public and private dependency on a rogue financial sector that is turning us all into debt-slaves (neo-feudalism)
  • the ‘normalisation’ of a parasitic financial economy that is sucking the life out of the real economy – the one we depend on for sustenance.

The killing fields of debt – a faulty design

We now collectively owe far more money to the banking sector than even exists – in the UK and worldwide.

Let that sink in.

It means we have to continue to be more indebted to keep the system ticking over.

It also means that sooner or later the whole system will collapse. Its own destruction is woven into its DNA. That’s not rocket science. It can be proven mathematically by simple arithmetic.

The consequences of attaching compound interest to virtually the entire money supply is first boom, then bust, then increasing poverty, then collapse.

Look at it another way. If you don’t have any debt and have money in the bank – it simply means that someone else is in debt. In a debt-based economy money only comes into existence when borrowed. That’s insane – but true.

A suicidal system

Ever wondered why we obsess about ‘economic growth’? The economy must continually grow to keep up with the increasing interest payments (or unearned wealth extraction – to call it what it actually is) on virtually everything. The unnecessary cost of interest is woven into the price of everything we need to buy. If the economy stops growing the money system collapses.

So we have the necessity of perpetual economic growth on a finite planet. It’s a completely insane and unjust system that is destroying the biosphere upon which we depend – as well as impoverishing us in the process.

So that is the problem … how do we fix it?

The question is, do we want to address this problem now and fix it?

Or do we want to continue to ignore it until we become so debt-enslaved and poor that violent revolution becomes likely?

Considering that fixing the current private debt-based system with a social credit system is relatively simple, I’d opt for that.

The essence of the change needed is to replace the private debt-based money supply with a debt-free money supply (social credit) for Wales. Simply put: change the rules of the the accounting game so that it favours everyone, not just the 1%.

Objections to sane social credit economics?

Some vested interests might claim that it would be far too complicated and disruptive. It’s not. Money is simply an accounting system, not based on anything of intrinsic value or scarcity. (No international currency is based on anything tangible since US President Nixon took the US dollar off the gold standard in 1971.) Switching from private debt to social credit is simply changing the rules of the game, and setting up institutions, (like a publicly owned and controlled national bank of Wales), to implement the changes.

Timid politicians might object that the banks would never allow their power to be diminished. To counter that objection, just one simple word: democracy. Democracy has always been the struggle of the people to throw off the shackles of those who would bind and oppress us. It is a never ending struggle. Why give up on it now?

As for the details, such as

  • would a debt-free Welsh currency be interchangeable with a debt-based English pound (like the Manx pound is)?
  • would the new currency have a pegged exchange rate or be floated?
  • should this new currency be electronic, or paper/coin, or a combination?
  • should a Welsh currency be backed by precious metals like gold and silver, stored in secure vaults?
  • should there be a range of complementary local currencies to support local economies?
  • should we engage in quantitative easing for the people, reducing and largely eliminating personal debt loads?
  • should we institute a universal basic income to replace the current benefits system?
  • should we start a public investment bank to finance local businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs?

You could answer Yes or No to any of these questions. Either way we would still be far, far better off once we have thrown off the suffocating shackles of debt.

These questions are opportunities that should engage the public and our elected representatives and be decided democratically, A social credit (debt-free) monetary system opens the doors to endless possibilities. All of them good.

But we have to start talking!!

An independent Wales the most prosperous country in the world? Are you kidding?

After many decades of neoliberal capture of discourse in mainstream media and  politics, virtually the entire world suffers the debilitating effects of private debt-based finance. This is particularly true of the “big economies”. Ever wondered why the world’s richest countries are  also the world’s biggest debtors? Now you know why.

Moving to a social credit-based economy would be like removing a growing blood-sucking financial leech off your back. A social credit economy would enjoy a health and vitality never experienced before in living memory. It would leapfrog us ahead of all other national economies burdened with debt.

Wages would be higher and the cost of living and housing would be lower. Goods for export could also be priced to undercut all ‘debt burdened’ economies (not that we would be dependent on exporting anymore).  Problems regarding lack of sufficient funding for education, health and social care would cease to exist.

Tax on earned income could be replaced by tax on unearned income (e.g. bank interest). The Welsh nation in a short span of time could enjoy the greatest income security and standard of living anywhere in the world.

Our biggest problem would be stopping the millions of English trying to move to Wales for the good life. Strict migration controls would be essential 😉 .

Of course our number 1 spot would not last. People all over the world would also demand emancipation from the death grip of debt-based finance. As the chains of debt were removed, other nations would catch up no doubt. We would just have to be content with having led the way, like Moses led the Jews out of slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago.

But some country has got to start the ball rolling. Why not us?

Too good to be true? Do your own research.

If you want to learn more about our current dysfunctional economy you can do some of your own research. Check out some of the links below:

Books

Killing the Host – How financial parasites and debt destroy the global economy

J is for Junk Economics – A guide to reality in an age of deception

Debunking Economics – The Naked Emperor Dethroned?

Interest and Inflation free money – An exchange medium that works for everyone

The Grip of Death – A Study of Modern Money, Debt Slavery and Destructive Economics

Websites

internationalmoneyreform.org

jamesrobertson.com

prosperityuk.com

jubileedebt.co.uk

planetponzi.com

Videos

Plaid Cymru – How the mighty has fallen

The establishment of the National Assembly for Wales (a title that infers it’s an Anglo-British institution gifted to Wales, not a Welsh institution) has possibly been the worst thing to happen to Plaid Cymru.

It has gone from being a Welsh national party fighting for the Welsh nation to a Party of Wales hoping for a greater role in the National Assembly for Wales to serve the ‘people of Wales’ with better government services.

The degradation of Plaid Cymru from the champions of the Welsh nation to regional party operating in Wales is amply evident when comparing election broadcasts of today and back in 1974.

Below is Plaid Cymru’s latest political broadcast in a run up to the Assembly elections on 5 May.

What’s their plan for Wales? Better government services. And hope (they get more votes).

Not a whisper of national aspirations, like our nation, culture, language, freedom, independence.

Not a whisper of how we are being bullied and exploited by Brussels and London.

The words ‘Welsh’ and ‘nation’ have been whitewashed out of their discourse – probably due to a politically correct adherence to multiculturalism and never-ending global political integration.

It appears that Plaid Cymru transformed from our national champions to our smiling undertakers.

To better appreciate the transformation I’m talking about, have a listen to Gwynfor Evans addressing our nation 42 years ago in 1974.

Gwynfor unashamedly refers to ‘us Welsh’ and ‘our nation’.

He reminds us that unlike the English nation, we are an ancient nation with a deep and rich heritage.

He reminds us that its both honorable and our right to fight for freedom – because our freedom was never given away, just brutally robbed from us.

This is the Plaid Cymru I joined many years ago. The Plaid Cymru that was Welsh. The Plaid Cymru that fought for our nation, whatever the odds.

Plaid Cymru was a party that stood on principle. It was a party that could inspire – not bore with vague public administration policies.

It appears that the modern version of Plaid Cymru has got its head stuck so far up the bowels of Assembly committee-land it is beyond redemption.

Which means we need a new Welsh national party unafraid to say it like it is and ‘stick it to the man’.

Given that Plaid Glyndwr has seemed to gone into hibernation, only the voters of Newport West will be given an opportunity to cast an authentic vote for the Welsh nation.

See Sovereign Cymru’ s press release posted below:

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New party Cymru Sovereign calling for Welsh sovereignty from Westminster and the EU standing in the Welsh Assembly elections.

The party, officially established in March 2016, believes that Wales should be a fully sovereign state in the world, out of the control of both the Westminster establishment in London as well as the undemocratic European Union. The party also wants to see a publicly owned Central Bank of Wales and the creation of a debt free Welsh pound currency.

Other policies include a common sense firm but fair points system for immigration in to Wales and the scrapping of the current disastrous local development housing plans. These have seen the Welsh Government admitting on record that they want to build a disproportionate 190,000 new households in Wales ‘for UK needs’ rather than Welsh needs in the next 20 years. Cymru Sovereign urges the need to scrap these plans and instead ensure that new and social housing are built to cater for local needs first and foremost.

The party is putting forward its first candidate, party founder Gruff Meredith in Newport West constituency in the Welsh Assembly elections on May 5th.

More details and the party manifesto can be found on the party’s official website:
cymrusovereign.cymru

Plaid Cymru sugar tax blunder

plaid pop taxI have just received a bulk email from Plaid Cymru promoting its latest stupid plan – introduce a 20% tax on all sweet drinks in Wales.

The justification:

  1. Sweet drinks are bad for you
  2. A 20% tax would reduce consumption
  3. The extra money grab could be funnelled in to the NHS

So what’s wrong with that?, you may ask.

Where do I begin.

First off, I want to establish that I have no conflict of interest in writing this post. I don’t like sweet drinks and never buy them. nether does my partner, This new tax, if established, would have no bad effect on me.

But it is an attack on low income people. Sure, Assembly Members can continue to guzzle their sweet drinks and not even notice the extra 20% cost to their salaries. But there must me many, many people on low incomes, for whom sweet drinks are a little treat to get them through the day.

Sure, too much sugar consumption is bad for you, I don’t dispute that. But since when is it the role of government to punish people for making bad personal choice?

Do we want to live in a country where the government tries to control what we eat by punishing us for consuming things they disapprove of?

And where does that kind of thinking lead to? Living in a state where the government tries to control everything we do and think – for our “own good”?

What kind of Orwellian nightmare is Plaid Cymru planning for us?

So to come back to this latest threatening proposal, increasing taxes sweet drinks, the end result may be a slight decrease on sweet drink consumption, but it will definitely mean making those on low incomes even poorer.

What can these control-freak do-gooders be thinking?!!

If the enormous burden of taxation on alcohol, tobacco and petrol teaches us anything is that it simply doesn’t work. if it did there would be few cars on the road and most pubs would be shut down, and the tobacco companies would have to take their business elsewhere.

The fact that most people continue to drive, many drink, and a significant minority continues to puff simply means that these ‘punishment taxes’ just make poor people even poorer. That’s not what a government should be doing nor is it what any political party worthy of support should be calling for.

As for robbing the poor and throwing more money into that financial black hole called the NHS, what it really needs is systemic reform, not more money. Get rid of the excessive layers of bureaucracy and administration and there’d be a lot more resources for front line services – where it counts.

Mind you, if you think I’m downplaying the ill effects of too much sugar consumption, I’m not. I’m currently co-authoring a heath guide on how to lower high blood pressure naturally without the aid of the NHS and their drugs. Too much sugar is a very bad for you, I know.

But if you really want to help people, educate them, don’t punish them. Run some informative ads for a week or two by Pobl Y Cwm and East Enders and you pretty much got the entire nation covered.

But at the end of the day, if people still want to damage their health by consuming too much sugar (or drinking, smoking and driving too much) – let them. People have a right to make bad decisions for themselves. It’s the very basis of a free society.

It seems Plaid Cymru is competing with Labour as to who can be the the biggest meddler in peoples lives with sanctimonious posturing.

 

Autochthonous Politics – Swim or Sink

celtic revivalFirst a word about politics. Many have been duped into the notion that politics is all about political parties, governments and ruling classes. That’s true, but only to a point. Politics is about power. Primarily about how power is exercised among people.

In the broader sense, a family is a political unit – where power may be shared, or hogged. All relationships among people are governed by power relations, whether they be egalitarian or otherwise.

Politics is also about groupings, and how they interact, to co-operate or oppose each other. Hence we have gay politics, feminist politics, environmental politics, religious politics, cultural and national politics.

I want to focus on the last two types of politics as they relate to Wales in particular and the larger world in general.

Lets start with the new census figures where the Welsh language use is shrinking. Politicians (that are part of the system that is slowly but surely killing us) will bemoan these figures and postulate all sorts of new incentives to ‘reverse the trend’.

But what they won’t say is the simple truth: that we are part of a global hegemony that is slowly but surely grinding us down. They falsely believe these forces cannot not be resisted but simply accommodated while they seek their places in the “new order”.

(We all know that constant English immigration to Wales is killing us. Isn’t it time we simply stated the obvious?)

If we persist in this mindset and simply ‘go along’, small nations and cultures like Wales all over the world will be ground down and fed into the global multicultural meat grinder.

Of course we have a choice, and the choice I am championing in this rant is autochthonous politics, sink or swim.

I dream of a world where when you travel you experience different cultures rooted to their place and traditions – not where you find a MacDonald’s, KFC and Coca Cola in every corner while music industry pop music blares on.

A world where you can experience diversity. A world where you can still marvel.

As much as the ruling classes and their lackeys will deny it, we Welsh are the natives of Britain, not the English. We not simply have a right, but indeed a duty to preserve our heritage, and the land we hold, for the future of the planet if not just ourselves.

So what would autocthanous politics be like, you ask? It is a politics that first and foremost values the land. The land which gave us birth and to which is ours, and ours alone, and which our future generations will live on. It is not ours to squander or treat as an object for individual gain. It is our inheritance to treasure and pass on. We must never let it be taken over by others.

Autocthanous politics would move towards a Wales were power is shared, not concentrated. It would be a politics based on land, livelihood, and kinship – a characteristic of Celtic culture (that have been under relentless attack from the Anglo-Norman power elites for close to a thousand years).

You can buddy up to the power elites if you wish. It is the path for cowards, those who lack confidence in themselves and their kinsfolk. And if indeed, this trend continues we will be living in a culturally impoverished world.

I dream of a world were politics and power is shared. Where distinct cultures are allowed to flourish. A world where I can travel and experience diversity and wonder.

What does this mean for Wales, here and now? It means we need to get back to the basics. We need to forge a system that serves us, individually, locally, and nationally. We need to get back to our cultural roots.

I am not postulating a ‘free’ centralised Welsh state. That’s the mindset of the Anglo-Normans. Wales has never been a unified state. That’s our roots. That’s our Celtic culture, our clan sensibility. We are kinsmen, rooted to our piece of turf . My turf is Cwm Garw. Where’s yours?

Autochthonus politics is Welsh and Celtic in nature. It is a politics based on the care for the land and the people who has spent countless generations on it. It is not an anti-immigration policy, but one where immigration is controlled to the level that the land and culture can absorb.

A Wales based on that Celtic sensibility of interwoven power shared among the people is possible. A politics of land, people, and culture, world over.

A world of diversity, not uniformity. As a world traveller that is what I live for. Are you with me?

A new nationalist party for Wales?

The following was taken from an interview in Glowg360.com with English translation inserted.

Plaid genedlaetholgar newydd i Gymru

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New nationalist party for Wales

Mae gan Gymru blaid genedlaetholgar newydd asgell dde sy’n credu mewn creu gwlad annibynnol fydda ddim yn rhan o’r Undeb Ewropeaidd.

There’s a new right-wing nationalist party that believes in creating an independent country that’s not part of the European Union.

Bwriad Plaid Glyndwr yw rhoi dewis arall i genedlaetholwyr sydd yn anghytuno efo dyhead Plaid Cymru am Gymru werdd Sosialaidd.

Plaid Glyndwr intends to offer nationalists, who disagree with Plaid Cymru’s  programme for a green socialist Wales, another choice.

“Mae yna lawer o bobol sy’n Genedlaetholwyr, ond maen nhw’n sibrwd y peth,” meddai Dennis Morris, gŵr 55 oed sy’n byw yn Wrecsam ac yn gyn-aelod o Blaid Cymru.

“There’s a lot of people who are Nationalists but they prefer to keep it quiet”, says Denis Morris, a 55 year old man who lives in Wrecsam and was a former member of Plaid Cymru.

“Does dim byd yn bod ar genedlaetholwyr. Yr oll yr ydan ni eisiau ydy rheoli ein materion ein hunain…tydan ni heb ffurfio Plaid Glyndwr i ladd ar Blaid Cymru, mae ein amcanion ni’n wahanol.”

“There’s nothing wrong with being a nationalist. All we want is to run our own affairs by ourselves … we haven’t formed Plaid Glyndwr to kill Plaid Cymru, it’s just our aims are different.”

Fydd Plaid Glyndwr ddim yn rhannu awch Plaid Cymru at ffermydd gwynt a phaneli solar.

Plaid Glyndwr won’t share Plaid Cymru’s position regarding wind farms and solar panels.

“Mae ganddon nhw’r ffantasi werdd yma, fydda’n wych mewn byd delfrydol. Ond rydan ni mewn dirwasgiad, a dylai swyddi ddod cyn unrhyw bolisïau gwyrdd.

“They’ve got a green fantasy, great in an ideal world. We’re in a tight situation and jobs should come before any green policies.”

“Ar hyn o bryd mae rhoi bwyd ar y bwrdd a thalu’r morgais yn bwysicach. Mae polisïau gwyrdd yn dda i’r amgylchedd ond yn creu ychydig iawn o swyddi.”

“For now the important thing is putting food on the table and pay the mortgage. Green policies are good for the environment but create few real jobs.”

Gwrthwynebu gwladychu

Opposing colonisation

Annhegwch mawr yng Nghymru heddiw yw bod teuluoedd o Loegr yn cael cartrefi ar rent yng Nghymru, ar draul y Cymry eu hunain, yn ôl Dennis Morris.

A big unfairness today in Wales is that a family from England can rent a house in Wales at the expense of the Welsh themselves, explains Dennis Morris.

Mae’n cyfeirio at y stori ddiweddar yn The Guardian am gynghorau Llundain yn chwilio am dai i’w rhentu ym Merthyr Tudful, ar gyfer teuluoedd fydd methu fforddio byw ym mhrifddinas Lloegr pan fydd cwtogi at fudd-daliadau fis Ebrill nesaf.

He refers to the story in The Guardian about London councils looking for houses to rent in Merthyr Tydfil for families that won’t be able afford to live in the capital city of England after cuts to their welfare benefits next April.

“Mae yna 2,000 o bobol ar restr aros [am dŷ] ym Merthyr, ac rwan mae son am drosglwyddo pobol o Lundain i Ferthyr.

“There are 2,000 people on a waiting list for housing in Merthyr, and now there’s talk about tranferring people from London to Merthyr.

“Lle mae’r 2,000 o bobol ym Merthyr i fod i fynd?

“Where are 2,000 people in Merthyr going to go?

“Ond dw i heb weld unrhyw aelod Plaid Cymru yn siarad yn erbyn hyn. Does neb wedi dweud dim.

“But I don’t see any Plaid Cymru member speaking out against it. Nobody has said anything.

“Ac eto yn y dafarn a’r swyddfa bost leol dyma mae pobol yn ei drafod. Mae pawb yn trafod hyn heblaw’r gwleidyddion. Mae hynny’n hollol anghywir.”

“And yet in the local tavern and post office there people are talking about it. Everyone is talking about it apart from the politicians. That’s completely wrong.”

Fear of Freedom – A Conspiracy of Silence

debat based money scamThe negative symptoms of the disease are everywhere – congested supermarkets and shopping centres, congested traffic, predatory and prey working conditions, cheap throw-away products, declining standard of living, environmental degradation, loss of work, loss of home, loss of security, loss of health, slipping deeper and deer into debt.

We talk endlessly about ‘the economy’ and its woes such as unemployment, rising cost of living and inflation; we bemoan austerity measures; examine the pro and cons of this measure or that work programme; follow the rise and fall of the stock exchange; debate the stupidity of bank bail-outs; worry about increasing recession …

But … we never ever talk publicly about the root cause of these negative symptoms, the dysfunctional debt-based money creation system. The disease at the centre of the economic system is never discussed, diagnosed, or treated. The disease I am referring to is the system whereby private banking cartels create and control the money supply as debt – enslaving businesses, governments and people alike.

The cause is staring us in the face. Yet we look away, despite the fact that the vast majority of us are negatively affected by this money creation scam.

For example, when an economy becomes reliant on a money supply based almost exclusively on debt, an intensely competitive system emerges, almost anti-social in nature. This ‘dog eat dog’ system emerges, not out of our ‘base human nature’ but out of the need to escape debt by foisting it on others – just to survive. A system of winners and losers. Think about it – if you have money and no debts it’s because someone else had to go in debt (if not, the money you have wouldn’t have existed in the first place). The brutal truth is that the vast majority of us are losers – the current average household debt in the UK is £53,785 (statistics for November 2012, sum includes mortgages).

(“Mmmm … I think I’ll try to become a winner … fuck everybody else!”)

Also, we are increasingly becoming insecure regarding our most basic needs – like having a secure home. The simple and necessary need of having a roof over your head is under increasing threat. Over the past 50 years house ownership (no mortgage) has fallen from over 50% to now around 30%. In other words, our homes are being taken over by the banking sector via price inflation and more and more of us are enslaved by mortgage payments, the only way to avoid homelessness and destitution. Currently in the UK a home is repossessed on average every 15 minutes and 30 seconds. Every day. What kind of a fucked up system is that?

(Mmmm  … so I can choose between being a debt-slave in a house … or debt-free in a cardboard box …”)

And then there’s the end-game. Earth’s health itself is under threat by one of the most absurd and deadly symptoms of the debt-based money system – the need for perpetual economic growth – just to delay inevitable economic collapse. The debt-scam system gives us a choice between trashing Earth or economic destitution.

(“Mmmm … hard choice. I guess we’ll just have to trash the planet.”)

To put it in another way, the debt-based monetary system is cancerous. Like a cancer it grows exponentially until it kills the host. From our direct individual perspective, it first enslaves us in debt, then it impoverishes us by driving us into perpetual economic insecurity.

This cancer also exasperates wealth disparity, as the few become billionaires while more and more of us worry just about getting by the next month.

Like all cancers, the debt-based money system’s need for perpetual exponential growth is eating away at the very biological foundation of this planet. The current monetary system is clearly and demonstrably ecocidal.

The simple, oh so simple, solution is to replace this defective, unjust, and in the end, doomed debt-money-creation system with a sound one that serves everybody justly and equally – replacing the need to slave your life away in demoralising employment, or to destroy the very place we need to survive.

There are a number of reforms to the debt-based money system that have been put forward over the decades and although they differ in approaches and details, they all hold one thing in common: they would all create a far more fair, relaxed and  enjoyable society where chronic economic insecurity and increasing inequalities in wealth would be a thing of the past.

The bottom line is this: replace the debt-based money stock controlled by private interests  with a debt-free money stock(s).

We need to move from a system that creates unsustainable inequality to one that provides sustainable prosperity for all.

If you think that’s a pipe-dream, think again. We have the knowledge. We have the tools. It is a straight-forward commonsense approach to building an economic system based on sound principles, and requires little, if any, cost or government intervention, (apart from a few changes in banking regulations).

So what can you do, you powerless reader, you debt slave, you quiet frightened little mouse?

Learn how the rotten, lecherous debt-money supply works. Inform those around you.

Initiate or participate in a nation-wide debt-repayment strike.

Start a local currency or LETS scheme.

Demand your elective representatives (in all levels of government) inform themselves and establish a public opinion on the issue – (so at least they can be held to account).

Vote for the candidate in elections who understands the dysfunctional debt-money system and is committed to work to change it. No candidates fit the bill? Run yourself!

So come on guys. Let’s get off our butts and start doing something to bring back sanity and justice into the system. Our technology and productive capacity has reached the point where full employment is no longer required to provide for all. The good life is within our reach. Very doable.

We just need to replace the greedy, deceptive snake-oil salesmen controlling our money supply with a sound, open, transparent and democratic money supply that serves all.

We don’t need debt. We need money. We need freedom.

If you can’t be bothered to do anything for yourself, do it for the kids, before they get saddled with an even bigger and more oppressive debt burden than we suffer under today.

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P.S. For the latest figures on the dire debt situation in the UK see: http://www.creditaction.org.uk/

To learn more about the rotten date-based money system check out some informative videos here.

Is the Welsh Assembly run by fascists?

welsh national assembly logoThis Tuesday I went to the Welsh Assembly complex to participate in a talk given by Ben Dyson of Positive Money for Assembly Members (with a generous nine seats reserved for the commoners). The talk was being given in an unassuming room in an office building adjacent to the official glass Assembly building. I got there 30 minutes early, as did Ben and a few other local monetary reformers. Feeling the call of nature I stepped inside to use the washroom for a pee. And that’s where it started.

Just inside the doors were an elaborate security set up very similar to airport security when you are boarding international flights. The washroom was just on the the other side of the barrier, maybe twenty feet from the entrance, but would they simply let me use it for a a minute without elaborate and time consuming security checks? No.

I had to first remove my coat, and then empty all my pockets into a tray. The tray was then taken on a conveyor belt into a n X-ray machine where everything was examined.  I then had to walk through a metal detector, all under the watchful and suspicious gaze of three security guards and a police officer.

When I remarked that I had experienced less probing security measures in countries that were in actually bloody civil war, and other countries that were ruled by despots, the policeman barked out at me “If you don’t like it – don’t come here!”. Message received.

And to think, all this for walking an extra ten feet into a public washroom for a pee!

Thirty minutes later, when I re-entered to attend the talk, I had to go through the whole rigmarole again!

Outside the building on the road were huge metal barricades preventing anyone from even driving close to the Assembly building. I asked the local security man and he explained their were ‘anti-assault tank barricades’. Clearly, the Welsh assembly was at war. But who is the enemy? It’s clearly the public, you and me.

Those of you who were born in the 90‘s may not realize that this is all very new. Wales and the entire Western world never used to be in a constant State of Emergency/War with surveillance, security checks and military barricades in places that should be open with easy public access. No where is openness and ease of access more important than in places housing democratically elected bodies of government.

Even during the Cold War, when there were Soviet spies everywhere and the whole world was on the brink of nuclear annihilation, we didn’t treat the public as a possible enemy to be subjected to security checks.

Those who claim that these heavy-handed security measures are now ‘necessary’ are either brainwashed or lairs.

Remember, you can kill a fascist despot with a bomb or a gun and possibly bring down the regime. But you cannot kill a democratic institution with violence. You can blow up a parliament and every elected representative in it – but you cannot destroy democracy. We’d simply elect another bunch to do our bidding 🙂

So why is the Welsh Assembly geared up as if it were in a State of War? Why is this “democratic” institution making it increasingly awkward for members of the public to visit?

The excuse you’ll get is that since 9/11, nobody is safe and and everyone should be:

  1. frightened (keep your head down, don’t make a scene or speak your mind);
  2. suspicious (don’t suspect a friend – report him!);
  3. prepared to have their privacy and dignity stripped away in the name of ‘safety’
  4. accepting of a continuous erosion of our freedoms as inevitable, and even desirable.

 

Like I said, I have been in countries run by fascist regimes and  I have traveled through countries at war, but I have never been face to face with so much control, fear, and sheer contempt for the public.

In other words, the fascist control-freak types have used the excuse of “terrorist threats”  to boss, control and keep an eye on everyone. No where is this more apparent than in the totally unnecessary and heavy-handed presence of “security” at the Welsh Assembly. Whether we care to admit it or not, the Assembly is becoming increasingly a fascist-like institution with a fundamental disrespect bordering on animosity to the public. So much for democracy. So much for ‘New Wales’. Down the tubes it goes.

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So what happened at the Positive Money talk to Assembly Members? Which Assembly Members even bothered to show up? Find out here: Money talks while Assembly Members plug their ears

Independent Wales links

websites

welshindependence.net

Welsh Not British

Jack o’ the north

I have recently removed a number of links that has gone dead, or remain in a zombie-like state. That’s the nature of the Internet. I know there could be a lot more links relevant to the desire for Welsh national freedom and independence. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment with a link.

 

 

 

Leanne’s proposals – re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic

leanne wood plaid cymruLeanne Wood, newly elected Leader of Plaid Cymru The Party Of Wales, has outlined a programme to revive the Welsh economy see: Plan C. As is usual for virtually all mainstream political parties these days, it boils down to “re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic” rather than exposing the underlying causes and proposing necessary radical changes to the system.

Unsurprisingly, she starts with the standard put-down of Wales with the usual labour-like-lefty moaning refrain: “we’re sooo poor – it’s not fair!, etc. etc.”.

She then calls for “the devolution of borrowing powers and responsibility over macro-economic levers” and a change in public procurement policy.

Regarding procurement policy, the way it works these days is through competitive bidding – with the ‘best value for money’ (lowest bid) almost invariably winning. Yes, that means that outside corporate interests can usually win these bidding wars ensuring that tax money returned to Wales quickly disappears again, keeping the economy short on cash.

Leanne Wood is absolutely correct in questioning this ‘best value’ approach to public procurement but her proposals to change it is just hot air and would never fly – because it directly conflicts with one of Plaid Cymru’s most cherished goals – to become another vassal state of the European Union.

The EU is all about protecting the interests of the financial elites and corporate power. It is the EU that forces competitive tendering and ‘best value’ procurement ensuring that money always moves up, and the growing divide between the uber-rich and the rest of us is maintained and strengthened. You only have to see the current brutalisation of the Greek, Spanish and Irish people by the EU troika’s* austerity demands if you have any doubts what membership in the EU really means.

“Progressive procurement” as Leanne calls it is good idea, but impossible in Plaid Cymru’s larger vision for Wales.

As for the devolution of “borrowing powers” – that’s a no starter. In fact it’s a very narrow-minded approach to reviving the Welsh economy. Wales, like the rest of the Western world, is already suffering under crippling debt levels. The UK government has allowed commercial banks to take control of 97.3% (and growing) of the entire UK money stock – meaning that debt-slavery, relentless crippling inflation. and austerity measures are built into the system.

We don’t need more debt. We need LESS debt – and more real (debt-free) money.

On that vein, it’s ironic that two speakers were invited to the Assembly in this Spring (arranged and hosted by a Labour and Conservative AM). One speaker was Ben Dyson of Positive Money. The other was a researcher from the New Economics Foundation who made an argument for the creation of a debt-free Welsh pound spent into the economy which would rapidly make Wales the most solvent and vibrant economy in Western Europe. (That’s not rocket science. It’s just basic mathematics, simple and straightforward – once you understand how the money system and economy actually work in the real world.)

What’s ironic about these monetary reform proposals made to Assembly Members and members of the public was that not one single Plaid Cymru AM bothered to come and listen – even though I personally invited (virtually insisted) that Plaid’s shadow minister for economics, Alun Ffred Jones, come to the talk!

Leanne then goes on to propose an “unconventional fiscal policy [which] involves shifting the balance from revenue spending to capital expenditure. On a macro level, the proposal is for the government to control and manipulate the economy through its enormous fiscal clout. That makes perfect sense if you adhere to an overbearing government bureaucracy controlling almost every aspect of our lives. They tried it in the USSR. Didn’t work. They are now trying it in the EU. Won’t work. It will just lead to more stagnation and collapse.

We need a Welsh government that says NO MORE! to the international financiers and corporate interests controlling people and governments around the world. Simply “window dressing politics” will no longer cut the cake. Until Leanne and Plaid Cymru are willing to admit that the financial Emperor (the City of London and the EU troika) has no clothes, and accept that we need a commonsense and radical shift away from an economy based on debt and concentration of power, they can not offer the Welsh nation annibyniaeth go iawn – real freedom or independence.

If you are a Plaid Cymru member, please tell your party bosses to pay attention to the short video below, and do some thinking.

*The troika is a slang term (Russian for triad) for for the three organizations which have the most power over member state’s financial future – or at least that future as it is defined within the European Union. The three groups are the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB).

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