Five years ago it would have been ridiculous to think of America has a black President.
Two years ago, the Arab uprising was not happening. Dictators ruled the Middle East without fear.
One year ago the Liberal Democrats came to power.
Unexpected changes are coming thick and fast, and the recent globe-wide anti-capitalist movement has united ordinary people in protesting against both corporate and banking greed, another example of a monumental change in today’s unstable modern world.
Accumulative, industrial-scale greed has brought us to the point where our civilisation, which initially designed for the benefit of the many, is not only benefiting the few. Even the Roman elite 2,000 years ago knew that to keep the peasants happy.
One man doesn’t need £100,000,000 (100 million). Greedy money-hoarding is the root problem of wealth distribution in this full economic world. The fact that this billionaire may also have the means and knowledge to be able to pay less tax than someone with £100 is most obviously unfair and morally wrong.
Personal wealth and assets above 1 billion pounds should be automatically redistributed to help fight ‘global warming’, ‘alternative energy’ and ‘population control’ projects. After all, the earth allowed you to gain such wealth, and it is time you paid her back.
Regarding the selling off of critical national assets to privatisation, such as energy, railways and recently, parts of the NHS, we indeed shot ourselves in the foot with this one. The answer is to re-nationalise essential backbone services such as health, rail networks, banking and energy suppliers, bringing in excellent facilities and pricing structures where profit is not the only driving force and wins our national pride back.
Nationalised banks should be safe houses for people’s wealth. Not using other people’s money to gamble is a must for any future financial stability.
You may agree or disagree with these, but the 20th-century will be known as the century of greed, The cataclysmic effects of this are only now bubbling to the surface, with planetary damage and social breakdown. Over the last couple of years, our politicians have been trying desperately to re-ignite the engine of capitalism based on greed. We see this as the many sacrificed for the few.
Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Heat my Home, says “The monumental challenges facing the human race now include our energy supplies, peak oil, the environmental health of the planet and the social problems. We are only just beginning to see, and it means we must make monumental changes in the way we use and distribute wealth to 7 billion people on the planet.
The new capitalism needs to replace the age-old model of the 20th-century-may be an economy in which wealth creation now worshipped, still admired, but the hoarding of wealth’s frowned upon, and unnecessary personal wealth diverted to putting right and undoing the damage of the past.
The environment needs protection, so the wheels of capitalism can once again turn enthusiastically but with more emphasis on cleaning up and restoring humanity’s other great responsibility, that of protecting our planet and our future.
Once again, it is agreed that got us into this mess, and it is greed which must be eliminated from economics if the wheels of capitalism are ever going to turn efficiently again.”
The Roman war machine needed new territories to exploit, and when this was no longer possible, degradation and unrest in the empire quickly followed. The modern business model follows the same destructive path, running out of natural resources to exploit, leaving people to fend for themselves.
Mr Lovatt concludes “Capitalism as a concept is good for innovation, but modern capitalism has become increasingly destructive to the planet and unfair to the many, capitalism has gone bad! The lessons learned over the last five years is, if enough people take action, then change to benefit the many is possible.”
It’s time for the fight-back against the greed and self-interest of the few or as 2PAC Shakur (whose mother instigated change as a member of the Black Panther movement), put it best in his song ‘Changes’:
“It’s time for us as a people to start making’ some changes.
Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live
And let’s change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn’t working, so it’s for us to do
What we gotta do, to survive.”