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When looking at he European Union and the direction it has been taking for the past decade only the a person without an ounce of common sense could not have failed to notice that the EU has been heading towards a federal state and yesterday during the annual state of the union address the European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso officially called for a federal European state.

We have to ask why the sudden honesty and do the leaders of the EU think that Europe is ready to give up individual sovereignty in the face of the current financial crisis, unfortunately I think that the EU has called it right as many of the biggest countries such as France Italy Spain and especially Germany are willing to do just this.

State of the Union

You only have to look at the state of the union to see that something must be done both economically and socially, it was down to the nationalism of the European powers that resulted in two devastating world wars that wrecked europe and it this fear that brought the idea of a European Union into being.

In 195o the European Coal and Steel Community (ECC) was created to tie the European countries together and ensure that wars in Europe would become a thing of the past. In 1957 the Treaty of Rome was signed and this laid the foundations for the modern EU by creating the European Economic Community (EEC).Map of the European Coal and steel Community ECC

In 1973 a referendum was called in the UK and the British public was asked  “Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?” the British people voted 68% yes to stay in the EEC and this would be the last time the The British public would be allowed to decide their fate when it came to Europe.

The current state of the EU is mainly caused by the financial sector and its huge debts that governments thought was a good idea to push onto the tax payers of their respective states causing political rifts to widen enough to threaten the whole of the EU which has caused the new EU government to reafirm its position by making sure the timetable for its political coup is brought in before the whole system can collapse.

Collectivism Vs Individualism

The whole purpose of the EU was and is to create a common market in which all Europeans live a central run collective, so when we look at the EU and the future we have to look at the problem in the light of Collectivism Vs Individualism. Collectivism is the concept that we all live in harmony like were all from one big village but in order to achieve this you must first kill off nationalism and this is the role of social engineering through psychology which has been most successfully through the media.

Here in the west we have an extensive media system that uses TV, Radio and tcollectivism logohe Internet to bombard us daily with advertisements loaded with subtle hints all aimed at getting us to consume but not only this but to get us all to consume the same things and wear the same clothes, This is evident when you look across Europe and see major shopping chains selling very similar if not the same products in once very different countries.

What has all this got to do with politics well the short answer is that the closer our minds come to being the same in our private lives then the closer we are to a conscious connection and therefore will be more willing to accept loosely worded legislation that can fits across the whole of the EU effectively removing borders in our minds so they can be removed in the real world.

The opposite to Collectivism is Individualism this is the mind set that most people strive to achieve a sense of being the only one like you, the problem with this is that governing this type of population is very difficult as you would need different levels of legislation requiring local and regional governments and this would make global governance impossible. This mind set is seen as something of an enemy of the state and has been effectively stamped out in a way which tricks people into thinking that are individual when the reality is that majority of us live in a kind of uniformity and every year this uniformity is changed but is always the same as others in our society thus giving the impression of choice when actually there is none.

Another aspect of the individual mindset that troubles policy makers is the unpredictability of the individual resulting in a unpredictable population and this more than anything else is simple unacceptable to those who believe in long term plans as they are unable to plan effectively for the future. Blue box one indvidual and red box of a collective

Social freedom was something that the Soviet Union tried the best part of 40 years to destroy but even under the totalitarian control of the politburo this was not achievable and was the largest contributor to the final destruction of the communist state so it troubles me deeply that this is exaclty the model that EU seems to be following although this time it is being done via the fake label of freedom under liberal fascism.

Liberal Fascism

Over the past 60 years the people of Europe have become used to peace and social stability but this has come at German Reich eagle holding EU flaga cost and if Barruso gets his way that cost will eventually be total loss of sovereignty. Under the constant barrage of Liberal legislation being handed down in the name of a future European Federation the indvidual has less rights than our forefathers had before world war 2. I do not see this assualt on freedom to abate anytime soon and I predict that once are current heads of state become little more than legislators of a state rather than a coutry we will see an acceleration of this type of government mushroom.

Liberal Fascism is a smiley faced fascism in which the state controls all for the good of the people even if they do not want it, as the saying goes They’re doing it for you. We can see signs of this through the smoking ban and pro human rights laws that trump the rights of others or the newly formed anti-terrorism laws that allow individuals to be detained with little or no evidence on the premise that may in the future commit a crime.

The problem with this system is that it will always revert to tyranny at some point either in the near or distant future you only have to look at the thirties and forties to see this eventuality. Fascism does not mean racism like history has been written to make you believe Fascists seek elevation of their nation based on commitment to an organic national community where its individuals are united together as one people through national identity.  I don’t know about you but to me this sounds a lot like the European Federation’s vision.

Between Now And The Next Elections

The fact that this is now common knowledge means that behind the scenes the plan for the European Federation has already been set and we have between now and the next elections to get our leaders to hold referendums as soon as possible for the people to have their say on their future and the future of our children, I think that the process has been sped up because of France’s election of Francoise Hollande and his socialist pro EU stance the fear is now that the rest of Europe will be voting for leaders who are willing to stand up to the fiction that austerity will get us out of this financial mess.

I also think that between now and the near future we will start to see lots of pro EU rhetoric both from the media and our governments trying to convince us that the EU is the European utopia that they all want us to believe in. The main reasons for this are money the EU is an economic power house with the German superpower being the engine that drives us forward but this is all designed with central planning in mind and that is where vast moajority of the wealth will go to if you would like proof of this then read the European Stability Mechanism’s (ESM) mandate and you will see that once we have a central federal government they can activate this ESM and literally suck the states dry of capital making it impossible for them ever to escape the just like the US states are unable to break their unity.

Whats the Alternative

I know that I paint a bleak picture and I can hear you ask what’s the alternative to a European Federation, But this is exactly what the policies makers want us to think then we will have no choice but to stick together. But the truth is that we do have an alternative there is no reason why cannot have free  trade within Europe and return to our own currencies removing the Euro problem altogether and get rid of the European Union and return to creating our own laws with our own populations in mind but make sure that trade is controlled through European Trade Organization that can ensure we stay the economic power house that we are today.

European unity does not require a European Federation because if I know one thing from history is that today its united Europe tomorrow a united Asia and in the future a Global government. If this is what you envisage as good future then by all means promote the EU but if you think its difficult today trying to get your government to listen how hard do you think it will be when that government is not even on your continent.

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After a friend asked me if i am a member of anonymous (by the way i am not) it got me thinking abanonymous maskout activism and then onto revolution here in the western world and I can say with absolute truth the thought of revolution scares the hell out of me.

I can understand why a person reading my blog may come to the conclusion that I may be into some kind of political activism but there is a difference between being a kind political analyst and activist, I like to think of myself as a conduit for information to get people thinking outside of the box we currently live in.

When the Egyptian people stood up to oppression and stood shoulder to Tahrir Square Egypt protestshoulder against Mubarak they was able to shout louder than the national press a message of peace that went beyond the borders of Egypt and gave the population a voice and a legitimate claim against the oppression from the government that could not be ignored nationally or internationally.

But since then we have seen a hijacking of the Arab Spring from a voice of peace to a fist of violence that has been spread throughout the middle east with devastating consequences both politically and socially. What we saw in Libya and Syria is international powers playing politics in civil disputes with little regard for the people caught in the cross fire.

European Spring

Since 2007 we have seen a rising discontent as governments of all of the European nations stumble blindly on trying to save private investment banks from bankruptcy and in the process they impoverishing the working class for decades to come just to protect their future employers and six figure sum jobs.

Toronto Riots 2012 mounted policeUnless the ruling elite start listening to the people and remember that they are only supposed to be enforcing the will of the people for the people and not just fulfilling their own ambitions we will see major civil unrest in most if not all of European and north American states from the USA to Mexico and Canada.

But our political discontent is very different from those of the Arab spring nations and our gripes considerably minor in comparison to the daily persecution but our anger is no less. I am sure that most with the exception of  the most hardcore anarchists understand that although our society is broken it is certainly repairable and any calls for revolution are premature to say the least.

Wake up and fight

When I say you need to wake and fight I do mean this metaphorically, we do need to fight for our rights through mass protests and deliberation and diplomacy wile we still have this process available to us now there have been many times in history when normal men and women have had to take up arms to ensure freedom from oppression we saw this in the french, American and more recently Egyptian revolution where the ignorance of the oppressors becomes so much that talking will no longer work and violence is the only answer.

However here in Europe we are not even close to that stage yet and I hope for my children’s sakes that we never are. We still have a largely free judicial system and it is they who need to start ensuring that the politicians return to listening to the people and not the boardroom. The corruption in the west is deep and far reaching but it is a cancer that can be cured if people with courage are willing to take the actions required.

Mob Mentality No Thank You

The judges should start to reverse the rot by refusing to enforce ridiculous laws set down by half wits call for the rewriting of a bill of rights to ensure the citizens safety, only they can stop the slide to Anarchy and If you ask me do we need mob mentality I will say no thank you. When people start trying to enforce the law themselves all kinds of terrible things happen that further legitamises the elites way of thinking that we can not govern ourselves. In order to succeed however We are going to need to be structured in our thinking, clear concise and overall determined.

If we allow mob rule it will be a return to the dark ages and could mean the loss of nearly a thousand years of history and culture and a return to the feudalistic days of the 1500’s, this is not an exaggeration after the fall of Rome we went from living in stone towns with paved roads and sewers to mud huts and turf roads that turned to rivers every time it rained so as far as I am concerned a western revolution is the worst case scenario.

There are big social differences between Europe,  North America and the middle eastern nations here in west people have become slothful and relaxed over a generation of convenience and relative safety since our last war on European soil was sixty years ago unlike the middle east that has seen plenty of action.

Another important difference is our middle class we are underestimating the importance of having a small enough gap between the rich poor in Europe we can actually climb up the social ladder to a point that our lives can become considerably easier and we can pass that down to our children albeit very slowly but this allows people a life goal and from it a level contentment and from that point of view is extremely important to public happiness. In places like Kuwait Bahrain and the Saudi Kingdom the gulf between the rich and the poor is insurmountable to the point that the majority don’t even bother making any attempt to better themselves and this leaves room for a very unhappy but hardy lower class.

The European psyche simply can not survive the destruction of social mobility and this is why it is so important to stabilize the flow of money currently rushing upwards in ever increasing amounts. Removing this dream will be the underlying cause of a revolution on a scale close to the 1776 war of independence but unlike the colonies in the Americas modern people are heavily reliant on the government for food water and energy and any social unrest risks disruption to these essential services not just for convenience but literally our very survival.

Not only are we physically soft but we simply cannot feed ourselves due to having such a large population and very little if no farm knowledge or suitable soil to grow crops in while we fight for independence. The result could lead to many deaths simply from starvation not to mention untold numbers from conflict and disease.

And lastly but just as importantly over the last decade our western governments have been allowed to disarm us and monitor every aspect of our daily lives allowing them the type of intelligence that the middle eastern dictators could only dream of. If the government thought for one second there was even the slimmest chance of a mass insurrection they would swoop in and arrest and disappear anyone connected with the plans as was seen in the soviet west German state regularly by the stasi.

The resulting crackdown would lead to a cycle of distrust between the authorities and the electorate causing more yet unrest and then even more arrests effectively destroying the western way of life which we covet so much.

What do we the people want

The current round of distrust is because people are sick of being ignored what we the people want is a voice like the one the people in Tahrir square found and Sooner or later we will find that voice but I fear that the longer it takes the more likely it will sound like a violent shout and frighten the leaders in becoming defensive and even more prone to stupid mistakes that could inflame the situation. What the politician’s need to do is stop the austerity reduce taxes and let the market forces purge the toxic waste in the financial sector. Yes it will be hard and yes it will probably end up in that party leaders political suicide but at least it will not end in revolution or the collapse of society.

The basic belief in capitalism is the market decides what lives on and what dies out as necessity dictates unfortunately this rule has been abandoned with the dropping of the gold standard and the creation of the debt society created the elites superwealthy companies that manipulate the markets by keeping decaying old corporations rotting away the worlds wealth. Until we return to true capitalism and remove the government mushrooms we continue to slide deeper under the water line and sooner or later we will drown resulting in a Western Revolution that could drown us all.

The national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK is a national slavery industry, I remember it being hailed as a good thing when it was implemented but now older and wiser I see it as legitimizing forced labor in the private sector. I know many will say that I am focusing on the negative or over exaggerating the effect of the minimum wage but lets just break it downMan digging through the word poverty

  • Minimum Wage is £6.02 per hour worked
  • average week is 45 hours
  • That is a wage of £1094 per calendar month before deductions
  • So on Minimum Wage your likely to take home £750 roughly after Tax and NI
  • The Average Rent is £500-600 a month and travel £100-150

I am very fortunate at never having to have worked on minimum wage due to the fact that I was able to fall into a trade from school and by the time the NMW was introduced I was already earning £15,000 which was considered a good wage at the time, but many here in the UK are not so fortunate and end up working in retail and services which is largely minimum wage.

On paper the concept of forcing the employer to pay a minimum wage looks like a good idea but there were two unforeseen consequences by the original policy makers

  1. No effort was made to look at the cost of living and implement a minimum wage for each county/town so that in some areas people did well and in others people lost out.
  2. and two the NMW allowes companies to keep wages in areas artificially and unethically low while taking all rights under the law for the employee to question the set wage.

A Taste Of Their Own Medicine

Any politician that blindly defends the NMW should be forced to live on it for 6 months with no outside interference and I am sure we see them struggle even more than the average poor person is forced to live for the rest of their lives this would allow the policy makers to get a taste of their own medicine.

But it truly is a shame that this kind of situation has even arisen and even worse that the basic problems have not been sorted over a decade after the NMW was first introduced if we had policy makers that actually knew the plight of the poorest in our society blogs like this one would not exist.

In the next couple of years we are going to see the Tories making even deeper cuts into government spending and in response to this local authorities are guaranteed to increase taxes to keep their over inflated budgets and salaries rising well above inflation while the people at the bottom are on the verge of starvation.

Keep the National Minimum Wage or Get Rid Of It

So what am I advocating do we keep the National Minimum Wage or Get rid of it well above I pointed out some basic and serious flaws but nothing fatal that could warrant the legislation being removed no what is suggest is

  1. Amend it to be a Local Minimum Wage based the local cost of living
  2. Have it increase every year at the same percentage of the growth of GDP if negative then at 1% above inflation.
  3. Increase the tax threshold to £16,000 per year

This would go a long way to helping the people at minimum wage level increase their living standards as well as help the economy with as more people with disposable income will allow more spending and reduce the burden on the welfare state. On a final not I Man stacking shelvesthink that companies who decide to lay off staff because of the company losing money should have to prove that they are falling into negative income rather just just slimming their profit margins.

I think its disgusting that a company can lay thousands of staff but still make £20 Million pound profit to pay share holders as we have seen year in and year out since 2007. We should implement simple changes to the legislation to make the national minimum wage a national pride not the slavery that it currently is.