Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Queuing up to be demonised?

One of the ways in which the rich and powerful elite in any state preserve their power and wealth is by managing the perceptions of those not in their number in such a way that they blame each other for their comparative lack of power and wealth, rather than blaming those who hold that power and wealth.  At it’s simplest, it’s a case of divide and rule.  And the more that they can divide, the longer they can rule.  It’s a job which is made easier if enough people are sufficiently discontented with their lot.
So they blame the poor for their poverty and the unemployed for their lack of work, and encourage the working population to see the least well off as scroungers and layabouts, the solution to which is to cut their benefits and make it harder for them to feed themselves and their families, so that they become less of a burden on ‘hard-working families’.
Or they blame immigrants for taking their jobs and houses, encouraging those same ‘hard-working’ families to believe that it is due to immigrants that schools and hospitals are overcrowded and underfunded so that they themselves can’t get an adequate education or health service which meets their needs.
Then they blame the EU.  If only the taxes of those ‘hard-working families’ weren’t being sent to those horrid Eurocrats, we’d have more than enough money to provide a decent health service and well-equipped schools.
And then they blame the elderly.  If only the money of ‘hard-working families’ wasn’t being used to subsidise the pensions and care needs of all those old people, just imagine how much easier it would be for the younger people to get on the housing ladder and enjoy the increasing level of affluence which their parents’ generation enjoyed.
And people are taken in.  A compliant media – with its own vested interest in the status quo – peddles the same lines day in and day out, while one group after another is demonised and punished for taking money away from those ‘hard-working families’.  And in the meantime, the richest 1% becomes ever richer, accumulating a greater and greater proportion of the national wealth; this is assumed to be ‘normal’ and anyone challenging it is a dangerous enemy.
Such is the power of the ideology which the current political and economic system has created around itself.  It’s built on the lies and deceit of the few and, above all, the gullibility and compliance of the many.  For how long do we allow it to continue?


Anonymous said...

To answer your last question - until we get Levison II and a fair and balanced press who will hold the f'inancial sector responsible for the deficit and expose the untruth behind austerity policies - forever and a day.

John Dixon said...

I'm afraid I don't think Leveson 2 - or even a whole series of Leveson type reports - is going to get to grips with the issue I'm highlighting here, which is that most of the media serves the ends of the elite who own the power and wealth, not least because the media moguls are part of that elite.

dafis said...

quite right there John. Levison reports and similar antics only serve to shift power around from one clique of vested interests to another. Many of our present problems are the accumulated burden of assorted actions that have occured over 50 years or so. The crash of 2007/08 was itself a consequence of those prior events but what made it so different was the ease with which the financial institutions suckered the government of the day into propping up the entire shambles without having to accept imposition of any significant conditions. Then in 2010 along comes the compliant Cameron and his bandit mate George (with the muppet Clegg in tow !)and they proceed to shift the burden of recovery by "cost cutting" onto those who could least afford it ! Instead of charging DWP with the task of shutting down the benefit frauds they elected to call all recipients fraudsters and set about cutting their funding dramatically. Same goes for public services in general although there has been ample scope for major accounting/consulting firms to cream off scarce funds selling spurious advice to local authorities and health services. We can go on and on .... but by now I'm sure you get my drift ! Diversion of funds on a massive scale with burden of costs and losses placed on the public purse while corporate bodies slink off with the profits. Nice work if you can get it.