There will always be the rich, the poor, the stupid, the clever, the lucky and unlucky, the crook and the drunk. It is inequality that has to be managed. Hence my belief in a tripartite form of democratic government where the legislature, executive and judicial retain a jealous separation; in my case, and I believe this is critical, the “head of government”, was a monarch presently in the person of QEII, an unelected being who primary and overriding duty is “service to her people”. She has almost no positional power but immense personal power jealously guarded by her people. (Yes there is a small group of republicans!). But not political.
While no system of national rule is perfect this seems to have worked for my “ex nation” and be destined to work in future generations (?) and will emerge to handle the rising challenges of religious competition, access to technological practice especially at the political and social margins of societies (the ungruntled!) and the realisation that governments powers are being eroded by market and financial activities undermining the basic economic model of past success!
Indeed the word “terrorism” appears to be gradually encompassing all three of these potential evils leading to laws and practice intend to override tripartite power. (Brown’s use of terrorism law against the finances of Iceland!).
My comfortable younger world encompassed neo-liberal beliefs in market purity, financial honesty, laws leading to justice leading to a society permeated by justice and fair play. Recent reality shows the past is not the future with a world of materialistic insanity, bling and bucks trampling on the majority.
What worked doesn’t and a major rethink is needed!
Concerns emerged in the late ‘90s when learning about how government worked (and sometimes didn’t) as I realised that external powers, of then unimagined nature, were of significant influence and could only supply logic to some strange decisions. Later readings, especially of Oxford Professor Lall, in the early 2000s (and others) opened my mind to the coming evils as the financial service industry and especially globalisation, while benefitting developed countries, were likely to demote developing nations to slave suppliers of resources, labour and material. Namibia certainly fell within this latter remit.
Indeed it became apparent that governmental action by our elected few was undermining our valued constitution values of separation of powers through the ability of outside powers to influence our legal process (lots of cash to brilliant lawyers) or (say) property prices from the growing international groups of IRB’s (Incredibly Rich Bastards) dictating our trade and market access.
Either work with them to make some progress or don’t and get nowhere. What to do?
Now, the ongoing financial crisis is opening up doors as huge banks admissions of doubtful or illegal practice (so far only Barclays and HSBC) for which we individuals would be clapped in jail but they just say sorry, that the macro financial world is run by scumbag accountants, lawyers and bankers colluding with their political, regulatory and institutional parasites, are indeed dragging us all into their pit of slavery while they clean out!
Recent exposure of tax avoidance funds of 10m IRBs of US$21 trillion, controlled by these financial crooks, gives incredible power.
Maybe Syrian massacres are just the tip of an iceberg of the nationally privileged defending their territory. The new Asian billionaires may have similar intentions? But all are part of some form of banking criminality! Yes, many rich are good and honourable, but emerging are many Stinking Rich who do Stink! The air fresheners are out!