For years now we have been told by politicians from the major parties that the trickle down economy is the only way forward and all that has happened is that a large part of the population has no work, relies on food banks or has insecure employment through zero hour contracts and the like. Meanwhile the rich get richer and the wealth divide greater and all the time the same line gets rolled out that this is the only way otherwise big business will get eaten by the bogey man and then we will really be in trouble. And like a childrens’ story this is simply not the truth. So let’s make sure that the next lot of governing politicians govern for all those people who are suffering the indignity of being poor and stop pandering to the wishes of big business and the one percent.
Just as in previous centuries the wealthy were the cause of physical slavery so they are now the cause of economic slavery. On the pretense of competition and the necessity of these contracts some 700,000 workers are being exploited often by large multinational corporations who are also involved in serial tax avoidance. And where are our politicians to protect our workers from such abusive practices? On the other side of the fence of us the 99%. Just waiting for their handout from the same corporations that are exploiting the 99%. In the UK over the last decades their isn’t a single party and probably very few politicians who have done anything about reducing the wealth gap. And we can’t expect the next government of any party to be any different. What we need is the box on the ballot paper that says none of the above and for everyone to have to vote. If a large part of the population voted that the current holders of democracy were all rubbish then maybe we would have a chance to do something about it.
I’m just amazed at how many of my fellow human beings allow themselves to be treated like sheep or some other dumb animals by the evil corporations and their marketing departments. Let’s start with zero hour contracts and how they are just an evil manifestation of corporate greed and how they are taking away the possibility of a good life for many of our younger generation. For the fast food outlets operating this despicable form of employment it would be so easy to add a small percentage to each sale and pay people a decent regular wage. What can we do about it? That’s funny because the Internet gives us all this power to kick the butt of corporate retail and yet nobody is doing it. Everything is based on trends but we the buying public have the power to mess with the corporate mind as much as screw around in ours. If we got ourselves organised just imagine what we could do. Consider two corporate crap food outlets selling our favourite food, corporate A and corporate B. All we got to do is talk to each other on the Internet and then for one week flash mob Corporate A and leave Corporate B empty and then the next week reverse the trend. We can do this. We are slowly losing control to corporations and to technology but it doesn’t have to be that way. We could play the same game with corporate coffee houses or anywhere like that, supermarkets, we can really mess with their heads or we can remain in the paddock and wait for the slaughter of the innocents. It is our choice people and if I remember the words of a song from a few years ago, “take a chance while you still gotta choice”. I leave you with that thought.
As much as I like Neil Young for all the great music that he has produced over the many years of his long career I find his boycott of Starbucks a little late in the day. There are plenty of reasons to boycott and to actually hate Starbucks starting with not paying their tax, screwing their employees with zero hour contracts, their unfair competition with independent cafes and I expect if we dig deep enough their screwing of producers in the supply chain. Did you ever see anybody in the upper part of the coffee supply chain lack water, sanitation, education for their kids, adequate health systems etc. I bet your bottom coffee bean that if you look at the producers of coffee all these “lack of” issues can be found. I think I’ll stick to the independents where possible and perhaps if you are a free thinker you will too. Then again maybe you are a dead head who doesn’t care about the human beings who actually grow your coffee. Think about it and where you spend that precious cash.