Politics and Economics

Greece … ? a small country in the Balkans ?

I find it difficult to understand why so many of the usual talking heads and assorted brights are all saying exactly the same thing about the current seasonal performance in Greece and the EU.  Greece is the birth place of Tragedy! Why should we not witness another. In case you forgot, here is a map with Greece pointed out.

GreeceLocWorldIt seems really simple on the face of it. The European Union was formed by desperate socialist countries as a last stand against an inevitable decline into global irrelevance. The E.U. is a desperate attempt to re-establish a self referencing mutual relevance and challenge North America for world supremacy.

The fact that they have banded together, more or less, with each nation trying to con the others into getting something without putting something equivalent into the union was, is, and always will be, a recipe for failure.

The prospect has always been that of Germany being the “mark” (pardon the pun) and all the rest of Continental Europe being the grifters who want to take the mark to the cleaners, with Britain on the sidelines claiming “I’m alright, Jack!.. all the while bashing themselves in the foot with a kebbie.

The European Union is “The Sting” meets “The Pink Panther” and Greece is “The Mouse that Roared“.  Like the Mouse, they should all be attacking, not the U.S. but Mother Russia.  They would certainly be able to turn things around, wouldn’t they? Remember Yugoslavia, remember Albania, remember Bulgaria, remember Moldova, remember Skalbania (NO! Wait!  He was a real-estate developer in Vancouver, My Bad!)

Instead of slipping into a mutual suicide pact for the third time in a hundred years, might it not be more pleasant if they all just slipped quietly into oblivion like the senile geriatrics that they are. Their time has gone, long gone. They are tourist destinations with delusions of relevance. Please, all of you, have the common decency to leave quietly. We are busy here with real world problems.  Our own home province is bent on doing it`s own imitation of Greece.  Woahh!!!

Cheers

Joe

Annie Lennox, Fran Walsh & Howard Shore, Into The West, 2003

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Politics and Economics

Progressive Slavery … part 1

I have been thinking about just what it is that distinguishes slaves from masters. The slavery of the progressive revolution is not exactly like Roman slavery, or Greek slavery, or southern cotton plantation slavery, or even modern Islamic slavery. I had the idea to write something about this while reading over at David Warren’s site.

It seems a common contemporary view that slavery is something, a status or state in life which is forced upon unwilling victims, who are definitely not us. Traditional slavery is an attempt to dehumanize people and treat them as domesticated consumable assets like beasts of burden such as horses, cattle, oxen, etc. Slaves are forced to work against their will, using violence or the threat of it, with no pay.

At the simplest level, slavery produces a continuous state of conflict between the slave and the master. The master forcing or coercing the slave to perform a service or function for the master from which the master derives material reward.  Like beasts of burden, slaves are treated as commodity that can be bought and sold, and disposed of when there is no further utility to be had. In some societies and eras, such as 18th and 19th century North America, the commodity value of slaves increased dramatically. At other times and places, such as today, the commodity value of slaves is minimal; they can’t be sold for much and are considered “disposable people”.

Another characteristic of slavery from ancient Babylonia, Greece, and Rome through the early 20th century to the modern 21st, is the masters attempt to physically distinguish slaves from free people. Most instances of slavery were and are not based on the concept of race. We see this in the ancient world, as well as in 20th century state slavery in Germany and Russia, and modern slavery. When masters could not easily identify slaves as such, they branded them, shaved their heads, made them wear special  clothing or badges, or used some other physically distinguishing characteristic to “mark” them as slaves, including such things as where they live and how they tracel.

Perhaps a more inclusive definition of slavery might be that a master has autonomy and free will and a slave has neither. Notice also that while we commonly associate “slavery” with a state in life which is forced upon unwilling victims, it is in fact much more common for “slaves” to voluntarily submit themselves to this status because it is “easier” or perhaps the only concept they have of “normal life”, as we see today for the vast majority or workers in North America and Europe and China, and all the little Stans, in fact pretty much everywhere you see socialism and totalitarianism as the culture.

It doesn’t seem to much matter whether slavery is forced upon a person, as in the case of Islamic sex slaves, or one submits oneself to the strictures as a minimum wage hand to mouth labourer of any sort, be it a sex worker, a burger flipper or an office cube drone. One way of looking at all “work” is that we sell ourselves, our energy, time, and talent, on a daily basis for some kind of return. As in ancient slave societies the higher the skill and talent of the slave the higher the position and reward. The lower the skill  and talent the lower the position and the less value attached to that person.

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Cheers

Joe

CSR

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