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The Politics of Deception

We had better recognize, today rather than tomorrow, that deception, lies and hypocrisy are now endemic in the great majority of political institutions of this planet.

They are so institutionally ingrained within the established patterns of behavior on display in Westminster, Washington and Warsaw – not to mention Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona – that one can hardly fail to reach the conclusion that the ability to lie convincingly has become the key factor in determining personal advancement within the party-political pyramid.

Much of this deceit is jaw droppingly opaque. To the extent that we are told that white is black, war is peace and slavery is freedom. No exaggeration.

It must surely be apparent by now, that trusting a politician to carry out what he/she promised to do if elected, is as naive as expecting a narcissist to survive without a vanity mirror.

We are being treated to an exhibition in the art of guile and deception every time we confront the realities of ‘the democratic process’ which is supposed to be guiding the affairs of state of the Western World. (more…)

Sold a Lie

Stop Watching the Show – Manifest a Vision of Truth

‘The show must go on’ as they say in the theatre. And indeed, so it would appear. Only this particular show seems to have no beginning or end. The curtain never comes down; there isn’t even an interval in which to draw breath and stretch one’s legs.

It’s a 24/7 bonanza, and the cost of a seat is almost certain to put you out of pocket. In spite of which, the auditorium is full of expectant faces staring up at the unfolding scenes and drinking in the drama being staged for their consumption.

So few actors, so many spectators. Yet the actors hold the attention and the spectators soon forget that they are in a theatre and have paid for their seats. (more…)

The Battle to Save the Small Farms of Poland

I am writing this in the Polish Parliament in Warsaw (The Seime). Jadwiga Lopata, founder of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside, myself (ICPPC President) and farmer colleagues from different regions of Poland, are in the parliament as part of a campaign we have been fighting for the past three years, to get the food laws changed. We are supported in this by a number of active consumers and, perhaps surprisingly, by the chairman of the Agricultural Committee, who belongs to the Kukiz 15 social movement which achieved 12% of the vote in the last election.

The current law in Poland discriminates heavily against the small and medium sized traditional family farmers by prohibiting the on-farm processing of their traditional high quality foods. Also banning the sale of such foods in shops and other local and regional outlets.

The only way farmers can be on the right side of the law, is if they register themselves as ‘a business’ and carry out their processing activities in a separate building designed to satisfy ‘hygiene and sanitary’ regulations of the European Union and national government. Regulations that have been designed by supermarkets and the food industry for supermarkets and the food industry. (more…)

On the Brink

Note: the author commenced the writing of this essay prior to the US elections.

I feel uneasy. Like I’m bracing for something. As if something devious and illusive is being hatched behind my back by unseen forces of a distinctly untrustworthy nature. That’s what it feels like.

The uneasiness is not entirely negative, as it seems to be gearing me up to be prepared for something, something big. Some ‘event’ which could be surprisingly close at hand.

Now upon further scrutiny, I recognize that this isn’t purely something personal. It’s something ‘in the air’, as they say. It’s a state of tension; something like the way atmospheric pressure builds-up just before a thunderstorm.

It’s as though some warning system is engaging itself at the gut level. Is the species called ‘human’ about to undergo some big upheaval? Something that takes us all to the brink? Are we approaching the end point of our long engagement with this profligate, insupportable materialistic life style to which much of humanity has been wedded for so long?

Or is what I’m feeling the planet herself – sending out a warning signal “My message has not been heard; my voice has been ignored; my sinews are aching; poisons are eating into my veins. I have my limits, and they are now at hand. I’m about to blow.” (more…)

From Slave to Shaman

How many times have you felt like a hapless onlooker in a world seemingly gone insane?

How many times have you wondered how things ever managed to get into the unprecedented mess they are in today?

How many times have you longed to escape this crazy turmoil?

I’m confident to predict that the answer is ‘many’.

But reflect on this: there must be thousands, if not millions and quite possibly billions, who feel exactly the same way. Let us assume the possibility that the majority of those living on this planet have had such thoughts from time to time. What does this tell us?

It tells us that we see our lives and what goes on ‘out there’, as two separate realities. It suggests that we feel largely removed and alienated from the goings-on of the planet, regardless of the fact that we live off its (unequally) shared resources. (more…)

On The Fault Lines of Change

Globalisation-v-Localisation

Virtually everything that conventional wisdom teaches about ‘economics’ is undergoing changes of an almost seismic nature at this time. Albeit mostly beneath the surface of superficial day to day activities.

The old model, which is still being forced along the aging and unbending tracks of tunnel vision determinism, teaches that ‘economic growth’ is the be-all and end-all of planetary prosperity. Never mind that it is quite literally ‘costing the Earth’ – and will require another five Earth’s if all seven billion citizens are to achieve the supposed goal of attaining a ‘standard of living’ equal to that of post-industrial countries like Northern Europe.

Yet, according to its protagonists, an eternally expanding globalized economic market place remains the only valid prescription for this long suffering and deeply wounded planet. They still adulate notorious figure heads of the past, such as Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes, neither of whose visons of a sustainable economic order have proved equal to the actual task at hand. (more…)

The Hour Is Getting Late

There is a very real drama unfolding all around us, and also within each one of us. The intensity of this drama is without recent precedent and is now being realized on a stage spanning the length and breadth of the planet and beyond.

It’s a race against time, played-out within a gathering storm of conflicting energies. Human aspiration and inspiration clashing head-on with inhuman domination and destruction. And we are all caught in the gathering turbulence, witnessing the rapid dissolution of props and and pillars we once took to be secure and dependable fixtures of our daily lives.

Our home, this planet, is in deep crisis, raped, polluted and torn by war, she is on the edge of collapse. While human society carries on as though there was no crisis at all; just a number of disturbances, inconveniences and maybe a slight feeling of insecurity creeping in at the edges. (more…)

A Scandal in Our Skies

In my last post ‘The Global Warming Matrix’, I showed how the vast military industrial complex which stands behind the promotion of global warfare, has been almost completely left out of the climate change debate. And yet it contributes the largest single volume of particulates associated with what scientists have claimed to be the causes of climate change.

The level of denial surrounding this state of affairs, is truly remarkable. However, it is matched by another equally remarkable phenomenon. The conspiracy of silence which surrounds the almost daily appearance of great streams of artificial, non-dissolving jet trails spreading out across our skies, eventually causing a dull haze which blocks out normal levels of sunlight. (more…)

The Three Ugly Sisters: TTIP, CETA and TISA

One knows to be on one’s guard immediately one hears that The USA and European Union are negotiating some ‘big deal’ on transatlantic trade. Sure, big deal – in trading terms – typically means big power, big money and big mess. But when one also hears that it’s all being done in secret, then one has to add ‘big scam’ too.

The designers of the trade agreements claim that they will bring greater GDP and more jobs at both ends; a view which has been widely challenged by those likely to be on the receiving end.

So let’s spell it out: TTIP stands for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It’s the big brother brokering of new trade deals between The USA and the European Union. CETA stands for Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. It is pretty much the same deal, but is being brokered by Canada and the European Union. And lastly there’s TISA: Trade in Services Agreement, also involving the USA and EU, with some other Countries also in on the act. Here, it is ‘services’ that are under the spotlight. (more…)

The Global Warming Matrix

In the last two decades, in particular, we have been confronted by a climatologist information tsunami. It started with the announcement that something called ‘The Greenhouse Effect’ was at work on a global level; an unwelcome warming purported to be the result of ‘greenhouse gases’, most notably CO2, linked to the industrial revolution and subsequent industrial and transportation developments across the globe.

The term ‘Greenhouse Effect’ then faded out, to be replaced by the term ‘Global Warming’. This took a rather broader sweep in describing a warming trend also exacerbated by emissions like methane and nitrous oxides, as well as problems associated with an increase in acidification of the oceans. But things got a lot more complex around the year 2,000 when the term ‘Climate Change’ then usurped its predecessor.

Climate Change introduces a far wider remit to the whole equation, greatly broadening the potential terms of reference of the debate. The term, one can hardly fail to observe, sheds any mention of ‘warming’. Now climatologists and government were given license to state “We may have been wrong about the warming affects, but we were right about climate change.” (more…)