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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

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?

Time for a Gold-backed Welsh Pound?

Solution One: Gold-backed Welsh currency

austerity measures protesterThe Welsh economy is receding, hard times are here. Worse is coming, (as with the rest of the UK and the EU). We are in a recession – which means the volume and circulation of money is shrinking.

The Westminster government is doing its part by cutting the budget and shrinking the money supply further. Why be a little sick when we can be easily made even sicker? !#-*(“!!

The Welsh Assembly needs to actually DO something to turn the Welsh economy around – which is not so hard to accomplish when you start messing around with the money supply.

Don’t be alarmed at that suggestion. The money supply has always been messed around with in the UK, at least since 1695 when the Bank of England was established and the National Debt began (and grown ever since).

And even before that, English monarchs used to call in the silver pennies, melt them down, mix in cheaper metal like copper, and then print a whole lot more coins – and keep the “new money” as additional revenue :D.

Money and fiddling the monetary system are two sides of the same coin.

Or to put it in another way:

if you’re not doing the fiddling – you’re the one being fiddled!

We all know that the banks are screwing us (with the support of the Westminster government bailouts). It has been calculated that interest charges woven into the system (essentially a private banker’s tax) increase the prices of goods and services on average by 35% to 40%.

Isn’t it time we democratically turned the tables here in Wales?

There is a wide range of measures the Assembly could take to get the Welsh economy rolling by massaging the money supply, but for the purpose of simplicity I’m going to focus on only one solution today –  a way of fiddling the money supply that is both simple, legal and foolproof – establishing a gold-backed currency for Wales.

And no, it won’t cost Wales a penny. On the contrary it would increase our money stock substantially. It makes us money. Lots of it. Money for nothing – just like the bankers.

Wels gold-backed moneyEstablishing a gold-backed Welsh pound could be easily accomplished by converting the annual block grant (the tax money the Assembly gets back each year from London) of around £15 billion into physical gold, stored in a ‘Welsh Fort Knox’. Then the Assembly simply deposits £15 billion gold-backed Welsh pounds into the Assembly’s bank account as its yearly budget.

In a sense we’ve just doubled our money. A portion of the gold-backed Welsh pounds may leave Wales, but the £15 billion in physical gold bullion will remain :).

Bank of Scotland and Bank of Clydesdale poundsThe Assembly could use it to pay for their services as they normally would with English pounds. Of course, sufficient amounts of paper Welsh pounds would need to meet local demand and use, like the Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank pounds in Scotland.

Okay, that’s interesting, you may say – but how is that going to help the Welsh economy?

I’m glad you asked.

A gold-backed Welsh currency would be the only currency in the EU that is not just backed by toxic bank debt and fabricated, false confidence. It would quickly establish itself as a currency of substance in stark distinction to debt-based fiat currencies that represent liabilities, not assets. (This worthless debt-based fiat money now rules the world as the Euro, the US dollar and Sterling pound – the rot at the centre of our economic system.)

The stature of gold-backed Welsh pounds would give Welsh business the upper hand in business dealings worldwide. After all, would you rather be paid in gold-backed money, or worthless paper representing toxic debt?

Most importantly, a gold-backed Welsh pound would not be prone to a continual devaluing through inflation – a chronic and unavoidable symptom of debt-based currencies like Sterling and the Euro.

If pegged to the Sterling like the Bank of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank pounds, the volume of Welsh pounds would grow without cost. If floated on the open market, the value of the Welsh pound in relation to Sterling and other world currencies would rise, as would the Welsh economy in general.

However you look at it, establishing a gold-backed currency would immediately place Wales on a sounder economic footing than our two nearest neighbours, England and Ireland.

The only real debate worth having is whether we let the gold-backed Welsh pound float on the open market, or peg it to the English pound. There’s are benefits to both approaches.

Those who would feel obliged through tradition or pressure to oppose a gold-backed Welsh currency would probably repeat the worn-out mantra:

“Mainstream economists don’t agree to returning to the gold standard.”

Given the state of the economy these days there is a good argument for dismissing anything the “mainstream economists” might advise. Mainstream economics have brought us oppressive debt and now austerity misery while stressing out the ecosystem of the planet. Mainstream economics has been thoroughly discredited.

(If you still have any doubts about the credibility of mainstream economics and government fiscal policies, click here for some education.)

I have floated the idea of a gold-backed Welsh currency to a number of ‘non-mainstream’ economists and the only argument against it was from HW, a dyed-in-the-wool British nationalist, who complained it might undermine the sovereignty of the English pound. (Yes, that’s the same HW who once disclosed his fantasy of blowing up the Welsh Assembly so we could go back to direct rule from London.) In short, there are no credible arguments against a gold-backed Welsh currency.

So how much would Wales gain if it started a gold-backed currency?

5 yeqar gold price increase

Over 5 years the price of gold has risen 168% from £399 per ounce to £1,050 per ounce today. Given the increasingly dire state of debt-based economies, the black-hole of swelling debt, and the continuing march to collapse, reason would say that the price of gold will rise exponentially over the next 5 years. Speculators are predicting a 300% to 1000% increase over the next few years.

But just to be very conservative, let’s say that gold slows in price growth to only a 20% increase per annum over the next 5 years. So 15 billion times 3 billion per annum increase equals 45 billion. So even with a conservative estimate an additional £45,000,000,000 (45 billion) would be created for the Welsh economy over 5 years. Or to put it another way, an additional £15,000 for every Welsh man, woman and child.

Mind you, the fact that China along with International Banks world over have been buying and stockpiling gold like crazy over the past year clearly shows that confidence in debt-based money is crumbling and the world economy will continue to collapse. This means we are quickly approaching a spike in gold prices.  Rises to a 1000% or more over the next 5 years is very likely.

How much would a Welsh gold-backed currency gain in this probable event? – an extra £750 billion pounds, or  £250,000 per woman, man and child – or around 1 million pounds  per two child family!

Seems too incredible to believe? You do the sums. It’s not Rocket Science!

That additional funding could be sent directly to all Welsh residents as a Citizen’s Basic Income (without means testing), along with the elimination of council tax.  The effect would be a super-charged Welsh economy.

The unambitious could retire early and live off the interest. Others could go into business on their own. The bottom line is financial freedom for everyone. No debts. Money in the bank.  Good money –  backed by gold.

The  weakest point to adopting a gold-backed currency for Wales would be our lack of border control; our powerlessness to stem a highly probable flood of economic migrants from England and Ireland. To solve that problem we would need an independent Wales, independent of London and Brussels – step two :).

The bottom line is this: given the perilous state of the world economy with chronic recession and inflation, and another six years of ‘austerity’ in the pipeline pushing us towards an impending economic collapse – what have we got to lose? It’s time to think outside of the box. It’s time to do new things.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. That pretty much sums up the Welsh Assembly’s approach to our economy so far. Isn’t it time we stopped being pig-stubborn and stupid? Isn’t it time we did something different? A gold-backed Welsh currency would be a good start!

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.”

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

Welsh History – Who Controls the Past?

welsh notLlywelyn, Owain Glyndŵr, Tryweryn , The Welsh Not.  If you didn’t learn about these topics in school, then perhaps you went to school in Wales.   Many young Welsh students leave school knowing more about ancient Egypt and Chinese history than that of their own nation.

The elimination of Welsh history in some locations is nothing short of a national tragedy.  History is so many things to a nation:  the understanding of communities, culture, and the rise and fall of civilisations.  History gives us a collective memory; a sense of connection to our land and community.

As Eric Hobsbawm  described it:

“The destruction of the past or, rather, of the social mechanisms that link one’s contemporary experience to that of earlier generations, is one of the most characteristic and eerie phenomena of the late 20th century. Most young men and women at the century’s end grow up in a sort of permanent present lacking any organic relation to the public past of the times they live in.”

In place of a well-crafted foundation of Welsh history, students are given a smattering of British history, often taught with the same England-centric textbooks used by students in England.
Gwynfor Evans, Plaid Cymru president from 1945 to 1981, wrote about the history of Wales, (Aros Mae / Land of my Fathers: 2000 Years of Welsh History) a tale of English oppression and linguistic heritage, though his passionate writing was not much concerned with historical complexities.

Such tales of the survival of Wales against the odds helped inspire a new generation of activists who were even willing to go to prison in the name of their nation. One such person was Dafydd Iwan who wrote the popular song “Yma o Hyd” (Still Here), a song demonstrating the appeal of a simple historical message to the nation.

In 1959 in Flintshire the director of education was condemned for promoting Welsh history. “They fear that you are creating in the mind of a child an awareness that there is such a concept as the Welsh nation,” he said of his critics.

Since devolution, Welsh is no longer a nation that has to look backwards to see that it exists. Yet the fact that a Welsh government has come about at all seems due to the historical perspective people have drawn from Wales’ past, even if their reading of that history was sometimes rather slanted.
In 2003, the Welsh Assembly Government established Curriculum Cymreig, a wide-reaching national curriculum embracing cultural, economic, environmental, historical and
linguistic lessons.

The Curriculum Cymreig expects these elements in every school’s history syllabus:

• Understanding how lives and localities have been shaped by the past,
through learning about the history of Wales, its political, economic,
social and cultural aspects.

• Visiting historical sites, using artefact’s, making comparisons between
past and present, and developing an understanding of how these have
changed over time.

• Learning about the relationship of Wales with other parts of the UK
today and in the past.

• Learning about past and present links with Europe and the wider world,
using a range of scales of reference – local, regional, national, British,
European and world history of Wales, its political, economic,
social and cultural aspects.

That sounds very well and good but for one important problem:  the actual lessons and subjects are decided by local districts, many of which are struggling for  resources and under pressure to achieve higher scores in standardised student assessments.

This matters because of what students are missing. “The soft bigotry of low expectations,” an assumption that those students in locations of historically low educational attainment should not be academically challenged, literally means students are being denied the patrimony of their story, an understanding of their country and society.

George Orwell’s 1984 sums this up well.  “Who controls the past,” according to the party slogan, “controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.”  A lack of history or false history breaks down the psychological independence of its subjects.

Though devolution is marching slowly along, Wales needs a firm focus on full independence, so we may control our own future.  And to control our own future, we need to control the past—and affirm our own history by making Welsh history a requirement for every student in Wales.

Catherine Severson

Catherine Severson

Catherine Severson is a boat builder and sailor, having studied traditional Celtic wooden boat building in Wales and Ireland.  She has worked in both the USA and Japan as a radio presenter and magazine editor.

 

 

 

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Sign the petition to the Welsh Assembly Government
https://www.assemblywales.org/epetition-list-of-signatories.htm?pet_id=680

“We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to make Welsh History Compulsory in our schools from the age of 7. Teaching about Wales from the Celtic times right through to the present Day, including for example Llywelyn, Glyndŵr, all other Welsh native princes, Tryweryn, The Welsh Not, The Norman conquest, Act of Union and Industrialisation. As It appears that not all of Welsh history is being taught and is selective to cover certain periods and events.”

 

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).

Plaid leadership contenders face-off

Plaid leadership contendersBelow is a brief summary of the speeches given by the three Plaid Cymru leadership contenders in Cardiff on 2 February.

At the bottom of this post is the  video (14 minutes) of the actual speeches.

Synopsis

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Breaking the ice with a little ‘Assembly humour’, Dafydd suggests we are entering in a new era for Wales and talks about the challenges that face us including changing climate, economics and the future constitution of the UK – given Scotland’s march to independence – wrapping up with a reference to a Roc Cymraeg oldy-goldy. The inference seems to be that these are uncertain, even historic times and steady hand on the helm is needed. He keeps his speech to a merciful 3½ minutes but only in Welsh which I found a little odd having discovered recently that he can speak English fluently.

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Elin Jones

Elin warns us not to think that Scotland and Wales are comparable on our roads to independence and then goes on to highlight Plaid’s highest priority – “rescuing communities from this recession” and creating a “second industrial revolution” – “all of this is within our control”. She emphasised the need to broaden the appeal of the party to the majority. She is ready to lead party, and even topple Carwyn Jones to become the next Prif Weinidog. She reminds us she has been a long-term politician and underlines her good leadership characteristics: experience and ambition. She spoke for 6½ minutes.

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Leanne Wood

Leanne launched into the need to reform a failed capitalist system that was “exposing poor and vulnerable people” and threatens the welfare state. Solutions included harnessing renewable energies, combating climate change, by means of [state?] control over natural resources. Her top priority is jobs and economy. “Real independence is a means to an end, not the end in itself”. The goal is to get the power to protect communities, language, and “build communities from bottom up”. In her Wales, “everyone who can work – does!”. To achieve these goals she tells us we need “full control” over resources and the economy (which justifies independence). She spoke for 4 minutes.

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Review  (the Verdict)

It’s hard to tell where Dafydd is coming from. He keeps his cards close to his chest. Elin and Leanne throw what they believe to be their best cards down on the table.

I have no doubt that Dafydd would make a good diplomat. When I’m President of the Welsh Republic I will not hesitate in selecting him to head up diplomatic missions to a troubled areas, such as England. Dafydd is clearly the ‘safe choice’.

Both Elin and Leanne present similar versions of “it’s the economy, stupid” theme characterising Wales as “poor and vulnerable” needing “protecting” and “rescuing”.

Although their intentions may be honourable their approach is worrying. Coupled with a religious-like desire for ‘full control to fix the system and save their people’ Elin and Leanne are concocting a recipe for an oppressive, controlling governance ‘for our own good’.

Many years ago I might have been inspired by their rhetoric of championing the downtrodden and building the New Jerusalem. But I have long since replaced those comic books for instruction manuals on how things really work.

Sure, Wales has deep systemic problems, as does the entire Western World, but it’s still a place where the English are moving to in the thousands. Mass English immigration is more of a threat to Welsh nationhood than the economy. Our real vulnerability is our open borders.

The economy could be easily corrected without oppressive government interference. We simply need to find the courage to say ‘enough is enough’ to private banks’ fraudulent control of the money supply.

The spirit of genuine democracy and true independence is anarchistic in nature. Only when ‘we the people’ become empowered, both politically and financially, will we be truly free and independent.

When it comes to the ‘perfect leader’ I like what Lao Tzu wrote many many centuries ago:

“Of the great leaders the people will say we did it ourselves.”

in other words, the best leaders inspire and enable – not proscribe.

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