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If you are self-sufficient you can ‘retire’ from the outside world… but should you?

December 8, 2014

I am sharing here an interesting article by Matilda A. Juliette called “How I retired at 25”. I find myself being attracted to her ideas, but it seems ultimately to be a cop out and extremely “self” centred.

I had to retire early from my government job, due to ill health and I now have to be more self sufficient. I do think self-sufficiency is cool, we should probably all be more self-sufficient, but I think people need to do something for ‘others’ too. There is something called social responsibility, unless we are going to deny that we are a member of a large species and part of a wider thing called ‘Life’.

As a model for life, self-sufficiency cannot achieve what co-operation can. It does not produce life-saving medical advances, it does not produce what we NEED ‘now’ by way of food, drinking water, or housing and education for the world’s growing population. It won’t help us migrate to other planets, when this world is full.

If you are ‘self-sufficient’ but use ANY technology, i.e. computer, fridge, cooker, car, bus, aircraft, ship, your lifestyle is only possible because of the existing infrastructure that millions before us have strived to create, so that WE can have the choice of paying back to society, paying forward to society, or copping out of paying into society at all.

At the end of our days if we look back and we have been ‘self sufficient’ but done nothing to move humanity forward, then we have betrayed our ancestors and wasted the opportunity to be more than just ‘self’.

Yes, we could live in a cave with a great view and survive on nuts and berries, but a monkey could do that. We are each capable of greatness. We may not achieve all that we attempt, but I think we should at least try. Don’t you?


Why a massive tax on the richest will benefit everyone. Even the Billionaires!

August 5, 2014

- - - semina-in-piena-terraWe should tax the billionaires much more. Most actually pay little or no tax. The billions of workers on lower wages pay the bulk of the tax raised.

Capitalism works, but it doesn’t stop working, it keeps on working and will continue to work, funneling money to the top, until there is no more money left to pay back into the system.

At the moment the workers must work for money, to keep the system going. Soon, because of automation, there will be hardly any jobs, so people will have no money to pump into the system. At this point the system will crash.

Billionaires need to get their heads around this and regularly release capital back into the system, via higher taxation. Norway has a high rate band of 76%.  What do billionaires ‘need’ that millionaires can’t afford?

We should tax billionaires back to being mere millionaires, put this ‘hoarded’ money into a monthly ‘Unconditional Basic Income’ for everyone on the planet and people will spend the money back into the economy. Reducing hoarding and increasing circulation, by pumping regular cash into the system, will ensure continuing profit for the 1%… the excess of this profit will feed back into the system through the tax into UBI… and so on…until we grow enough mentally to be able to accept the notion of a moneyless society, where automation satisfies the 100%’s need, rather than the 1%’s greed.

Meanwhile, we must tax the billionaires.  You can’t reap a crop of cash profit, if you don’t plant cash seeds.

UKIP Farage resorts to chain (e)mails

December 3, 2013

Today I received, from a well meaning friend, a chain e-mail that he obviously felt make a lot of sense. It had originated from United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage himself and was, as you might expect, full of lots of unwise, cynical, inaccurate and misleading information. All disguised as a ‘We want our country back’ themed piece of extreme right wing rhetoric and urging the receiver to pass it on to ten friends.

Farage talks about how everyone in Britain should buy British products and wear British clothes. People should not be receiving ‘socialist’ benefits at the expense of the working class. He inexplicably refers to our soldiers dying for Britain in Iraq and Afghanistan and admits he talks about fearing God and wants to take Britain back to ‘the good old days’. Oddly he forgets to mention in the chain mail that he wants us out of the EU. Has he finally realized that the reason d’etre of UKIP is untenable and potentially disastrous, as most of our our trade is with EU.  I doubt it.

Saying our soldiers died in Afghanistan and and Iraq for ‘Britain’ is asinine.NIGEL

Only (or even mostly) buying British products would mean buying them ‘even if cheaper imports were available’, so we would need MORE money OR have a LESSER lifestyle. This is also known as ‘protectionism’ and would impact our exports to countries we would no longer buy from, as they would reciprocate to ‘protect’ their home market from us! This is on top of the loss of EU business I mentioned.

Telling people to wear ‘British’ clothes is fascist… banning full-face burkas may be a different matter… they should be worn only during religious observance. Likewise, full face ski masks and helmets should be banned, unless the wearer is skiing or biking…. and what if fashion changed, as it regularly does and Britains wanted to wear foreign clothes? Are clothes from the EU like French Fashion also to be banned?

Playing the God-Fearing card is stupid, because only 6% of Brits go to church at any time other than Christmas, funerals or weddings. What about all the Brits who follow other religions, or none?

Farage speaks as if something is wrong with socialism. It’s not just about making sure unemployed or disabled don’t starve to death or are made homeless, or making sure the children of single Mum’s are fed and clothed. Free education, free health service, free fire service, free policing, etc, etc, is all socialism too. Without social provision, paid for from progressive and proportionate taxation, thousands would starve and become homeless and crime would rise as people stole to feed themselves and their children, just as they did in ‘the good old days’ of Dickensian England that Farago wishes to take us back to. Perhaps the starving children could start going back up chimneys? Or maybe he would reintroduce child prostitution?

Does he think everyone who doesn’t vote UK Independence Party is not proud of their country? Dr Samuel Johnson said “Patriotism is the last resort of a scoundrel.” Farage is the very definition of a cynical, opportunist scoundrel. I am surprised he did not add that he had heard that someone who had received this chain mail but not passed it on to ten friends had died the very next day!  Then suggest that you should pass it on to ten friends immediately, because if you did not then the same fate might befall you!  The ConDems and Labour are certainly far from perfect… but Farage is about as far from perfect as is humanly possible!