A Guardian report on the release of the Cabinet Discussion Paper, in 2012, under the 30 years rule.
W.E Du Bois is much respected as an influential writer and thinker, of some wisdom. These are his words.
~ “We should measure the prosperity of a nation not by the number of millionaires, but by the absence of poverty, the prevalence of health, the efficiency of the public schools, and the number of people who can [and] do read worthwhile books.”
Poverty levels of State assistance and the social deprivation that acknowledged as directly linked to petty crime, ill-health, bad nutrition and much else besides as a causation.
Another nonsense that has caused a lot of harm is the Work Capability Assessment, introduced in 2005.
2021 - By removing the £20 uplift, poverty will increase among the 6 million claimants of Universal Credit. 40 percent of these claimants – over two million people - are in work
The world of marketing is predicated on the ability to manipulate people's emotion and perception in order to make a sale.
Workers can be manipulated into accepting just above poverty wages by lowered levels of social support programs, privatised health care and education, and much else besides, availability, price, presentation and bias, vulnerability, 'personal choice' or by 'restrictions', (price increase, scarcity). Nudge has been around for a long time indeed!
The Story of Stuff : Consumerism's origins
Consumerism is undermining our environment, our social systems : bookmark this 20 minute video, because it speaks eloquently and accurately of when consumer culture was birthed, and why. And who benefits the most.
Do the Ruling Class understand the individualism of the consumer, and the isolation, the addiction, the disempowerment that develops with that addiction, and how that assists in the the political dissolution of organised workers that consumerism amidst real poverty seems to inculcate?
Here's a recent find, for me, saw a reference to it in a tweet. The Paper I mentioned above.
The 1982 Cabinet Report
A document prepared in September 1982 for the Cabinet, discussing long term policy, including topically enough, privatisation of the NHS. They had just 'won' the Falklands War.
What I see here.
What I see here is that it is that the politicians operate as the public front, they shield the Establishment ruling class within the Civil Service, who direct and influence the the politicians as much as the corporate billionaires do.
The public facing politician's function is, in part, to take the popular ire 'on the chin' in the theatre we call The News, to protect The System, safe in the knowledge that their pension and future wealth is secured and that custodial sentencing is not likely, under any circumstances, no matter how egregious their behaviour.
The adulation of the monarchy preserves the status of the aristocracy, as a political power base rooted in the class system, and it maintains the power of the aristocracy through the undemocratic House of Lords. Take away the monarchy and the House of Lords crumbles. Lords and robber barons dominate our political situation.
Here is a brief report from the Health Policy forum on the NHS part of Cabinet Document.
Pdf file of the document, 30 pages on carefully typed paper, photographed. Take a look. It's informative.
If poverty is thought of as a relative condition, adverse redistributive effects become hard to accept. If, however, it is recognised that there is such a thing as an absolute level of poverty from which people should be protected. and that poor people should share in the increasing wealth of the country, but perhaps mot in full proportion, then some redistributive effects can be accepted - as they must be if the amount of wealth for distribution is to increase."
In other words in order to maintain poverty as a whip, as a nudge, the system will need to offer just enough support to people to avoid destitution, just enough support to make low paid work attractive and they will use media to portray that choice to work as being 'honourable' and that all of this subterfuge and rigging is essential to the continuation of that which generates their Wealth.
The tone between 'redistribution' and 'distribution' of wealth is worth noting.
Shunak is operating the old tradition to the tee!
Here's an excerpt on the NHS from the planning discussion document.
Then the document looms over privatisation of Education, page 4, paragraph 11, discussing the move towards wholesale privatisation, slowly, slowly, starting promoting more private schools, reducing State spending on State Schools. 1 982.
Cuts to social support designed to nudge behaviour by the stress of real poverty.
One rule for the Rulers, a swath of rules and sanctions for us. To get us to behave. Behaving didn't get the Unions far in the 1890s onwards, that's for sure.
In my view there's a degree of cruelty and callous recklessness in all of this that is deeply, profoundly uncivilised bordering on sado-monetarism. The gaslighting and lying to maintain that trajectory is a huge red flag.
I know that the only way for the people to counter this is to build a united grass roots front, from a shared sense of human solidarity, as persons, from the poorest to the most comfortable that elects decent men and women into our legislatures.
Stephen Reicher on why elimination of community transmission prevents surges, lockdowns and restrictions - precisely because the protocols when carefully set, give the population more choice, more freedom.
Mr, Reicher is on point, and utterly correct.
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