OldAle1 wrote: ↑
December 14th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Nothing strikingly new here, but well put, and certainly descriptive of the lives of a lot of people I know and care about (and myself):
Posted in the American politics thread also as it's certainly equally applicable.
Honestly, and depressingly, I think it is only a matter of time before most of Europe follows (unless something changes).
Even in Norway, which is often held up as a shining example, along with the rest of Scandinavia, those in power are trying to sell defeatism and lower expectations - and the horrifying thing is - it should be very, very clear what they are doing.
Lower taxes with promises of economic boost to maintain (not improve) status quo welfare services, underfund services, explain we need cuts/privatisation as we cannot secure funding - rinse, repeat.
Same with workers rights - explain we need to lower salaries and economic rights to compete with the rest of the world and create economic boost - inequality increases and people have less power - rinse, repeat.
Of course, all of this only leaves more and more money, economic rights and direct ownership/power in fewer and fewer hands, and the more we are dependent on them, the more we need to please them.
Want to change things back, improve welfare services, give workers better rights, etc.? No, you can't. The people with all the money will leave and tank our economies.
They literally threatened that in the UK, same in Norway (though more veiled, and not as extreme).
Essentially people in power are removing our ability to even go back to the standards we had, and, without exaggerating too much are setting us up for a full on hostage situation where we just have to do whatever the people with the gun (capital) says.