Over the course of my life I have become convinced that we Irish are lab rats in an island laboratory undergoing experimentation. As a people we have been serially used and abused by oppressors ranging from monarchs, church, state and banksters. After the 1840s famine experiment the Irish ‘bailout’ model of the time, including parish structures etc., (related to religion of choice), was tested first in Ireland and subsequently rolled out over the rest of the British Empire.
In the 1950’s Archbishop Mc Quaid with Fianna Fail collaborators, who at his wish refused to protect women and children (Noel Browne’s Mother and Child Bill), simultaneously presided over numerous orphanages and industrial schools which in reality were state funded concentration camps for poor children specialising in torture through rape and abuse.
What’s less well known is that the same asshole gave ethical approval to fluoridation of drinking water through the “Guild of Saints Luke, Cosmas and Damian” . This led to the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960, which mandated compulsory fluoridation by local authorities. Another experiment in saving on state dental bills.
Health concerns associated with adding fluoride to water has seen it’s use discontinued in many European and other countries. The Irish Medical Board now claims that fluoride in the water here is not a medicine but a cosmetic.
In the mid 1980’s Broadcom, in a somewhat positive experiment, was developing European telecommunications infrastructure and put in place phone lines/exchanges that could cope with Internet data in Dublin, Athens and Lisbon. Internet was not rolled out for general use until the 90s as it’s social impact was unknown and feared.
Interestingly /coincidentally, from the onset of the Financial War in 2008, Athens, Dublin and Lisbon have again been the laboratory. My octogenarian mother describes the true reason behind the experimental system of reckless lending during the housing and credit bubble like this:
Make people desperate for a home or whatever, give them loans they can never repay so they will pay interest in perpetuity. Thus they become debt slaves and then as the debt is sold on, this becomes the modern equivalent of the old buying and selling of slaves on the slave auction block.
A step on from this is the concept of asset stripping and buying and selling whole slave nations.
I don’t know whether Main Stream Media in Ireland are part of the overall experiment but it continues to fail the public and constantly preaches it’s litany of ‘we must keep our good name and repay the fraudulent bankster gambling debts because we are a good moral people who pay our way’.
We are told we must kiss the ring of the new Financial archbishops and ‘morally’ pay tithes to these self styled immoral bankster overlords.
The banksters and their parliamentary minions are no doubt currently writing the finance act to be announced at next week’s budget, while in the media Punch (Phil Hogan, Minister for Environment, Local Govt. and Housing) and Judy (Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection) fight it out over which of their coalition parties will take the bad opinion poll hit after the next round of austerity measures, which will include bankster archbishop led ‘reforms’ aimed at making the citizenry more divided, suicidal, ill and hopeless than ever before.
The big pieces this year are the introduction of a controversial property tax which last year 50% of the population did not pay, and the moving of all responsibility for Social Housing (including 93,000 people who are currently temporarily housed) from the Dept of Social Protection to the Dept of the Environment which is hemorrhaging funding from all quarters due to domestic economic failure. The other big ‘reforms’ include kicking people people who having diligently paid their enormous universal social charge, off unemployment benefit after 9 months and putting them onto a means tested allowance in a country that is ‘means test central’ of the EU. All in an environment of economic contraction and epidemic unemployment. Child and pension allowances are set to be cut with the new property tax to be taken directly from benefits. Bankster welfare and pensions are of course to remain untouched.
Meanwhile corporate and high paid earner tax loopholes are staying in place. Recently I came across a personal story of a highly paid Doctor who was so appalled by the fact that under the current regime their wealth was increasing, while their patients were presenting with all manner of austerity related ailments, that they paid an enormous chunk of their own earnings to a social charity in a self imposed tax measure.
Compared with the Icelandic approach you can see clearly that governments have a choice whether they protect the financial elites or the ordinary citizens of their country.
In an interview with Der Spiegel the Icelandic Minister for Finance Steingrimur Sigfusson explains how to quickly overcome a financial crisis and get back to growth.
‘We are not going to preach to Europe that we have found the cure all. But it was important that we didn’t wait, but that instead we reacted immediately to symptoms of the crisis. In order to remedy the deficit, an increase in taxes to raise revenue was unavoidable, but savings measures were also necessary. We needed a mix of both and the strong conviction in preserving our welfare system.
SPIEGEL: What can you recommend to countries in crisis like Greece?
Sigfusson: First security for society. Then the lower and middle income classes must be protected from austerity measures. Their purchasing power must be maintained so that their consumption can contribute to the revitalization of the economy. Internationally that is often overlooked.’
h/t Mick O’Kelly , the recovering corporatist and the one eyed, three legged news hound