PM Gordon Brown. Mervyn King. Governor of the Bank Of England.


 
New Labour Party. "Giving it all away". 
 
UK/GB. Europe. Competing with the Emerging Markets, Russia, China, Asia, and some ‘Others’. 
 
Do we really want to do this – adjusting our education to suit, and our social systems to suit? 
 
Appalling regimes!
 
Let’s sell them lots of insurance for their sweat shops, give them ideas and buy their ever cheaper goods.
 
                              
                                ‘Problem in our country is that this country is
                                run by crazy people. Remember what they have to
                                do to get where they are. Their perspective is
                                so narrow…so brief. A few years. In the best
                                of them a few decades. They only care
                                about the time they are in power’. Carl Sagan.
 
                    
                                Notes of Dad’s. ‘Economic crises, unemployment, war,
                                govern man’s fate. Man has built his world, he
                                has built factories and houses, he produces cars
                                and clothes, he grows grain and fruit. But he
                                has become estranged from the product of his own
                                hands, he is not really the master any more of
                                the world he has built, on the contrary this
                                man made world has become his master before
                                whom he bows down, when he tries to placate, or
                                manipulate as best he can; the work of his own
                                hands becomes his God. He seems to be driven by
                                self interest, but in reality his total self
                                with all its concrete potentialities has become
                                an instrument for the purposes of the very
                                machine his hands have built. He keeps up the
                                illusion of being the center of the world, and
                                yet, he is pervaded by an intense sense of
                                insignificance and powerlessness, which his
                                ancestors once consciously felt towards God’.
                                See, ‘The Fear of Freedom’ by, Erich Fromm. pp,
                                101, 102.       
                                 
                                25)    ‘To have a society of labourers, it is, of
                                course, not necessary that every member actually
                                be a labourer or worker – not even the
                                emancipation of the working class and the
                                enormous potential power, which majority rule
                                accords to is decisive here, but only that all
                                members consider whatever they do primarily as
                                a way to sustain their own lives and those of
                                their families’. See, ‘The Human Condition’ by,
                                Hannah Arendt. p46.
   

                        The Trap –
                        What Happened To Our Dream Of Freedom? Ep 1/3
                        Unplaced.
                        Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO 
 

                  Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It’s what our
                  leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of
                  ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose
                  freedom around the world. But if you step back and look at
                  what freedom actually means for us today, it’s a strange and
                  limited kind of freedom.
                   
                  Politicians promised to liberate us from the old dead hand of
                  bureaucracy, but they have created an evermore controlling
                  system of social management, driven by targets and numbers.
                  Governments committed to freedom of choice have presided over
                  a rise in inequality and a dramatic collapse in social
                  mobility. And abroad, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the attempt to
                  enforce freedom has led to bloody mayhem and the rise of an
                  authoritarian anti-democratic Islamism. This, in turn, has
                  helped inspire terrorist attacks in Britain. In response, the
                  Government has dismantled long-standing laws designed to
                  protect our freedom.
                   
                  The Trap is a series of three films by Bafta-winning producer
                  Adam Curtis that explains the origins of our contemporary,
                  narrow idea of freedom.
                   
                  It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as
                  self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of
                  freedom. This model was derived from ideas and techniques
                  developed by nuclear strategists during the Cold War to
                  control the behaviour of the Soviet enemy.
                   
                  Mathematicians such as John Nash developed paranoid game
                  theories whose equations required people to be seen as selfish
                  and isolated creatures, constantly monitoring each other
                  suspiciously – always intent on their own advantage.
                   
                  This model was then developed by genetic biologists,
                  anthropologists, radical psychiatrists and free market
                  economists, and has come to dominate both political thinking
                  since the Seventies and the way people think about themselves
                  as human beings.
                   
                  However, within this simplistic idea lay the seeds of new
                  forms of control. And what people have forgotten is that there
                  are other ideas of freedom. We are, says Curtis, in a trap of
                  our own making that controls us, deprives us of meaning and
                  causes death and chaos abroad.

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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