|By Sydney White|
in May I attended what was announced as "A Progressive Economic
Summit", dedicated to "narrowing the gap in income, wealth
and power". It was sponsored by some 25 activist associations. The
fee for these three days started at $150, dropped to $75 for the subsidized,
and finally slid down to "pay what you can". I suspect that
this last category was the most used because most of the people concerned
with "narrowing the gap" are the unemployed and students.
As usual, 10 or more workshops were going simultaneously over two days, so you could only participate in a total of four. As in the past, there were good hearts and good intentions, but I was reminded once again of the old story about "belling the cat". Not a word was ventured on the life and death subject of the country's money and who has control of it. As Lewis Carroll said: "And that was very odd because . . ." the grand title of the extravaganza was "Whose Economy?"
The process of assimilating activism by the ruling class is a constant and time-tested strategy. In fact, when I worked at the United Nations, it was said that NGO meant "Nothing Going On". Unfortunately, funding always influences information. Workshop gurus go on stating that they will discuss causes -- and never do.
The lid on monetary history and all information regarding the monetary cause of current world misery is now tighter than ever. Facilitators direct workshops full of eager and sincere young people, where they avoid subjects that would endanger their continued funding and personal ambitions. Effects are expounded ad infinitum; causes, never. One participator argued that the cuts are being made because production is going down, despite the advertised "boom" -- here's another misled student who believes that economics is merely a system of pulleys and levers.
Production is only one factor and should never be used as an excuse to neglect the welfare of the citizens. Though 2,000 years of philosophy confirm that we are not just means, but meaning in ourselves, corporate universities are phasing out such subversive subjects. Governments now educate us to believe that we are liabilities and we had better get to the grindstone or take the consequences: witness the Harris and Klein regimes. Not only are they denying that we are assets, but they are confiscating all public assets we have built over a lifetime.
The fossil fuel economy, while ravaging and polluting, is propelled into obscene power by the lending of non-existent money at huge interest, leaving the logical economy of renewable resource imprisoned and silent. The monetary system, cursed in Babylon and revived after the Battle of Waterloo, is still loan sharking -- counterfeiting and advertising itself as banking. The IMF is the culmination of such vampirism.
The earth and its nations are being scourged, drained and ground through the finest mills of usury while the bewildered population protests "trade" agreements that are merely adjuncts to the all-consuming compound interest.
After seminar saturation, parade paralysis and workshop weariness, I have seen not one facilitator introduce the root cause of the enslavement of the globe. In fact, when this kind of information has been requested of them, it is either avoided by workshop leaders (even such icons as Maude Barlow) that they do not discuss the monetary causes of misery -- because they are not equipped to do so!
I rest my case.
Still, like Diogenes, I come out from the barrel, time after time, in the vain hope that somewhere, sometime, one honest career activist will not just go through all the "Ain't it awfuls", but tell those who have paid to hear why it is so awful. Until then, I will 86 the approved bottle of spring water and bring a hip flask. (There is one exception. Here's to you, Paul Hellyer! Cheers!)
|Toronto resident Sydney White is a member of the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform who, in action and with the written word, takes a stand on important issues of the day.|