Getting the sundays

Sunday! Maybe not the best, but also not the worst day of the week. But today is ‘special’. Why? Because in one european country people will vote today (or are voting as I write).

But why is it so  important to vote? And another question is: Do we really have a choice?

But let’s start at the beginning: In most countries  you get to vote every four years or at least administrations are chosen for a quite similar period of time.  We also find two parties mostly, which change every few years, so that it seems as if we had choice. But what changes after the administration changes? In my opinion: Not very much, if at all. It seems like every party changes law, society and their politics in general, only for the benefits of economy.

So then, let’s take a look at what happened a year ago.

The so called world economy was nearly destroyed, at least weakened on a global scale. Most of the banks had traded so called certificates, which were neither a worth in itself, nor had any kind of value at all. So you can take it quite literally, when I come to the conclusion that money was not only made out of debt, which in itself is not in any way a worth or value, but were being made a value. How is it possible, to create value out of thin air? How can debts be worth even a penny?

To narrow down what I mean, I want to give you a simple example:

Mr. B. has no money. So he goes to a bank asking for a credit or loan. He wants to buy a house, but can’t afford it without the help of one of those credit institutions. Nothing special until this point. So let’s move on.

The bank gives him the credit, Mr. B. buys a house and everybody is happy. Mr. B . because he got the money, the bank because they will get the interest added to the amount of money Mr. B. is already in debt for. So we see, the chance of Mr. B. to repay the debts will get smaller and smaller the longer he can not pay off the credit and the interest added to it. And he won’t, which means there was nothing and now there is just more of it.

So then the bankers have a good idea: Why don’t we sell the credits to another bank, who sells it to customers, who believe it to be value, something that has a worth  and therefore will make their amount of money grow.

Now the snake bites off its own tail. Banks sold certificates, which were given worth by the institutions who are further financed by the credit institutions who sell the certificates. They acted in the interest of the institutions, not in the interest of the customer. Why? Money! Simple as that. The question is where to make the biggest amount of  money, in a short period of time, not what happens in the future or what happens to the people buying those worthless pieces of paper with the money they saved for maybe years. They change worth (the money of the buyers) into debts which equals nothing or a negative number. Mh, now I understand why nobody could have foreseen a breakdown!

So when this unbelievably corrupt system broke down, the otherwise so independent banking system called for the help of the government. So then worldwide the governments pumped billions and billions of dollars, euros, pounds and whatever currency you can imagine, into the banking system, which was the origin of the problem itself. So when the countries announced they wanted to have a say in the following process of restructuring and reorganizing the system, maybe establish new rules, the bankers were morally outraged.

“This is a private economy!” most of them said. Everything was pushed into the ‘comunist corner’ and declared as the wrong way to handle the financial crisis. It seemed to be a normality to get the money out of the pockets of the public without giving it any right to control any activities taken by the banks.

Now, one year after that, nothing has changed. The G20 in Pittsburgh took place, the countries declared themselves to the world financial administration, and in addition the G8 became the G20. They tried to introduce new rules regarding manager’s salaries, the equity capital and international control of the international finance market. And already the managers fear for their benefits and bonuses. Poor managers! How should they live with only 1.000.000 mio a year? This is poverty…

So, what has all of that to do with the voting for a government anywhere?

Answer is simple: A country where there is no money to help the poor, children and old people, that privatized many different public sectors over the last ten years, for the loss of influence of the public; a country in which thousands of young people don’t get an apprenticeship training position, a job or university place and so on, pumped billions of euros into the banking system who just created their own break down.

But who pays for that? Could it be the population? Oh yeah, right. ALL of us, ALL of our children and grandchildren are going to pay these debts – and the interests added to it- to whether the World Bank or the European Central Bank. I think, there’s no big difference to it.

But what is becoming pretty obvious is, that we will pay the bill, which some of the riches people of the world caused out of their craving for money and might. And shortsighted they tripped, stumbled and fell over their own excess and took the public hand given to them in knowledge of the importance of money and economy, to which all the globe depends on. It’s just a case of pressure being answered, wishes being fulfilled by administrations that have been and will be part of the money making- either way.

So, what do you want to vote for? Do you want a corrupt state, giving money to the ones who socialize the debts and privatize the earnings? So less and less money flows back into the system which created the value in the first place? So the country becomes poorer and poorer and therefore more and more countries dependent on the businesses and companies and corporations, which only want money but not the responsibility for their actions? We’re -the population –  just money with a pair of legs, to walk on – not much really.

So here’s the point: People don’ t have choice really. It is the choice between people who work for lobbies, and people who work for lobbies and politics. What choice is that?

The connections between politics and lobbying was proven publicly by a document which was addressed to all parties in the german election campaign this year by the nuclear lobby. It asked the politicians to convince people, who are undecided about this matter, of the positive effect of nuclear power plants in ecology. Ignoring the question of what happens to the nuclear waste, where and how to store it and why the number of children being ill of cancer, such as leukaemia, when living near a nuclear power plant is growing rapidly. In short: Lies and money over truth and responsibility. So, nothing to do with politics at all, eh?

So the population seems to be used as “voting fodder” for the ones in charge. Wether it is to be in charge again or to declare the interests of the various lobbies as their own political solutions for all of the problems of the country, is not the only matter a voter might think about before giving his/her vote.

The questions everybody should think about are:

Can the system really be changed by voting?

No. Because the interests stay the same in every administration.

Is the system unchangeable then?

No, a system made by people can be changed by them. But there would have to be someone who is interested in changing it, not just saying so to get votes.

Can politics change itself?

Of course not! How can a political system, that is in the hands of politicians and lobbyists, which is all about the wealth of the few, not of the whole population, change itself? It can’t!

What can we do?

Go and vote! Try to be sceptic, think about your goals in life, what do you want yourself, your children, the environment and society to become? You have to answer these questions for yourself first before you can do and change something. Don’t stick to a party because it has been like that for the last 30 years! Reflect and think about a world changing day by day, know that there are many different ways of doing things right, not only the one we’re always told by the mass media, and don’t believe society to be at its cultural peak. Believe in real change and chances to develop society positively and then make a real decision!

Because then voting is at least a start!

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