As the star-studded endorsements and media hype surrounding the all-pervasive Global Goals campaign begins to subside, a very different truth is beginning to emerge about this latest attempt by the international community to end poverty and create an ecologically viable future. Despite the UN’s ambitious claims, all the indications are that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do not have the potential to “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want” or “heal and secure our planet”.
This nifty numbers game reminds me of all of the following parallel ways that true circumstances are being distorted:
"However, there are serious concerns around how changes to the way poverty is calculated have contributed to the illusion that poverty significantly reduced as a result of the Millennium Development Goals. Most significantly, the baseline year for measuring progress was shifted back to 1990 in order to include all the poverty reduction that took place (mainly in China) well before the Millennium Campaign even began. On more than one occasion, changes to the way the poverty line was calculated meant that hundreds of millions of people were subtracted from the MDGs poverty statistics overnight."
A similar tactic was used to "end welfare as we know it." Simply by drying up a previously existing program, suddenly experts claimed that all of those impoverished recipients "just went away" or lucked into great jobs!
Abe, the head of Japan, shifted numbers around to allow for alleged safety in what was previously forbidden in the way of radiation exposure.
Close off the Unemployment Insurance availability and here again, the absence of enrollees grants the illusion that all of those out-of-work persons found jobs! Gee whiz... just look at how the numbers went down!
Hand trillions to banks and banksters that enable them to BET IT on the Stock market, or see corporate CEOS purchasing their own stocks, and presto! In place is the illusion of an "economic recovery."
Then, too, there's that inverted numbers game, the one that military head honchos refer to as NOT doing "body counts." This allows the true numbers of individuals killed by foreign wars to never be codified.
All this fun with numbers! And it's because integrity, accountability, honest mass media outlets, and the rule of law all essentially now occupy the "Endangered Species" list!
Deception runs rampant when corporations (or their PR specialists) write the scripts that become mass media news feeds.
"There can be little doubt that the mainstream narrative about how global poverty is being dramatically reduced distracts from the need to address its structural causes and diffuses public outrage at what is, in reality, a worsening crisis of epic proportions – one that demands a far more urgent response from governments than the SDGs can deliver."
This reminds me of the way that Monsanto *(and gen tech "friends") insists that its damage to the food & seed biological systems of the natural world are immaterial... in that it is FEEDING the world more efficiently.
It also reminds me of the way organizations beg for money to "cure Cancer" when Cancer is the product of so much industrialization, air pollution, food adulteration, emphasis on microwave ovens, artificial ingredients, vaccine chemical overload, and so many other toxic insults to our bodies... added to the Body of The Great Mother, Nature.
Please! why does everyone refuse to see the wood in the trees?
There is one, and only one, main cause of all our economic woes. During the 1900's our stupid/corrupt politicians signed away the Sovereign "rights" , that allowed us to print and issue our own interest free, debt free money; and since then we have all become "debt slaves". Our rights to print and issue our own money out of thin air were ceded to private banking Corporations, thus now, we borrow all our money from them, and they simply print it out of thin air, and charge us interest for the privilege. Given the nature of our economic cycles, the booms and busts, it is virtually impossible for us ever to repay all such debts, especially since, when they print our borrowings, they do not also print the money to cover the interest repayments; this simple leverage constantly acts to keep us all "in debt".
These economic consequences were recorded centuries ago in the well known fable about the man who possessed a goose that laid "golden" eggs; he sold the goose for a paltry sum and forever thereafter he was destitute.
The remedy for our problems is simple; we abrogate any agreement previously made, reclaim our Sovereign "rights" to print and issue our own debt free interest free money. This simple remedy would permit the whole World to eliminate poverty, without taxing the rich, and at the same time add a continuously recurring means of sharing the Earth's natural abundance, a share that all humans have a right to expect. Money will act as "the rationing device" for this purpose, allowing the rich to go about their greedy acquisitional processes; leaving Government to impose sensible, rational, restrictions to limit the size of great personal or Corporate fortunes, thus maintaining the necessary control of total money in circulation.
This will enable us to stop income-taxing of individuals; we may pay everyone that needs it a social wage, based on a break even computation, this will eliminate poverty and deprivation; those in receipt of the Social wage will be encouraged into employment, without loss of this Social wage, and to work for any employer for additional income, mutually agreed between them. This gives control of work and income to the "workman". Employers will gain a workforce of people willing to accept much lower wages than previously paid, thus making the employer production costs significantly lower; plus, the employer no longer collects taxes for the Government. The employer Corporation/business will pay tax annually as usual. The collection of V.A.T. or G.S.T., consumer taxes will cease.
All Government expenditures will be provided by the planned issue of our own debt free interest free money using legislation and budgets approved by Parliament. Health, Education, University courses, Infrastructure of all kinds, etc. etc. None of this is "rocket" science; we would simply be using the functions of money for the benefit of everyone, instead of only for a privileged few. The free enterprise system stays intact, unaltered.
Provided that all of these expenditures are actually "spent" into circulation they will not create inflation; inflation will occur, for instance, when too much money chases too few "goods", perhaps when engineered through "Market Manipulations" when Government oversight and adjustment become necessary.
The Government must own and run it's own Public Bank, just like the original Commonwealth Bank of Australia or the State Bank of North Dakota, which decided not to sell out or "privatise". No Private Bank or Corporation will be permitted to create money, under any guise; our financial system will revert to one of "sound " money. Sound money is that which turns around sound borrowing, lending saving and investment, controlled by being liquid cash, backed by the ownership of assets, keeping them in balance; borrowing and lending outside of these criteria, characterised as "high risk", will be permitted between parties willing to accept such risk, and then, only when it involves their own wholly owned assets.
Interest rates in the private sector will be set by the private sector Banks in competition. The floating exchange rate will be converted into "fixed" rates decided by Government, and as decided between Sovereign Nations and embodied in trade agreements. Our currency will not be traded on "Exchanges", our Nation will be immunised against the manipulated predations of the "Market".
The foregoing explains the broad brush strokes involved, but in summary we would have a Nation with little or no foreign debt, a Nation whose domestic economy sits on a solid unshakeable base, a Nation better able to compete in the wider World, a Nation without poverty whose peoples are empowered to think and work for themselves without having to worry about how they will feed themselves, a Nation rescued from the avarice of the "Money Lenders", and above all, a Government able to be free and Independent, instead of being owned by Corporate and "private" money influence. This is named "The Universal Economy" because it will operate anywhere for the benefit of everyone.
For those who doubt the efficacy of this proposal, I suggest they study the United States example. The clever banking Corporations engineered the U.S. dollar to be the Worlds reserve currency. Ever since the U.S. has been printing money out of thin air, now they have military bases spread throughout the World, their dominance and control of Banking and trade organisations allows them to place whole Nations under siege, for that is what "sanctions" do, just like in mediaeval times. They have engineered the removal of democratically elected Governments and "regimes" not willing to follow the U.S. directives. They have made War against countless Nations using propaganda and outright lies and falsifications. In recent years they have printed trillions of dollars, called quantitative easing, and poured it into foreign banks and financial Institutions trying to prevent the next economic meltdown; but it is not working because their printed money was not " spent" directly into circulation, instead it was used to inflate the prices of shares, commodity markets, real estate and the huge "derivatives" scams; the bust cometh.
Is it your contention that prior to 1900 there was no poverty or persons in debt living in the USA?
Do keep in mind that in order to "create wealth" the USA just as example had to first usurp the lands of peoples already living in that region and convert what was seen as the commons to private property (Monetize nature) and had to use slaves to create wealth from shortly after it was colonized up until 1865.
This was before the Federal reserve Bank. Right after the end of slavery the USA then had the priod of the robber barons and of what was called "the Long depressiom" and there was a whole lot of poverty,
The truth of the matter is this. Wealth distribution causes poverty and the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few causes poverty,
Recommended reading: On the Age-Old Tradition of Not Caring
I am a retired U.S. expat living in a developing country in South America for the last three years. There is a very, very ugly caste system here between the old Spanish ruling class and the labor class. Living here I have seen:
- More wealth than I have ever personally seen in my life, and
- More poverty than I have ever seen ... and hope to ever see.
One of the things that can be seen regularly are the disabled and the very elderly on the street seeking donations. A lowly 50-cent donation means all the world to them.
What causes my heart to ache more than anything else? The vast majority of the middle class and the ruling class walk past these people with absolute contempt. They walk as far around them as possible. On the other hand, nearly every labor class person who walks by will always give them a donation. It may not be much but it represents a significant contribution against the small amount of money they have. Most of those that can easily give do not; those with very little to give ... do.
Nothing is as ugly than the extreme two separate worlds of the ruling class and common labor class. It is hideous.
These everyday events, as described above, have had more effect on my life than anything to this point in time in my life. My personal conversion to Socialism is a result of the vile extremes of capitalism I see here everyday. Everyday I witness the grotesque exploitation of the labor class.
My wife and I went back to the States for two weeks to visit family and relatives recently. It was a horribly emotional experience. We are now outsiders to a world of excess. A local friend here in South America asked if we will go back again next year. My wife's reply was: "Probably not, the life based on consumerism and excess in the States literally makes me ill."
Most of the labor class here have very, very little. Furthermore, they know that they have no chance of ever having much of anything. The caste system will always "keep them in their place." That being said, they are happy and content. They always have a smile on their face and a kind word for us.
How do the labor class survive when someone falls behind? Family and friends make sure all of their needs are met without anyone ever having to ask for it. They have to take care of each other within the vile environment of capitalism and a caste system.
The "root cause" of today’s interconnected global crises is Capitalism. Any "new agenda for development" to “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want” that does not explicitly address that fact is...simply...bullshit.
And the conditions you describe in your SAmerican "developing" nation are soon to be what we see here in the USA, if we continue to pass Legislation such as the TPP trade agreement, Obama is so heavily pushing right now. The Liars and the Cheats who fund our current government are full blown, get into the pockets of Government, no matter what it takes to do it. They control our current Congress and President. The Money is in total control of everything accept the PEOPLE's voices. We must Voice to our Congress without faltering, without stopping, without any hesitation. They do take action when enough Voices hound them.
Thank you for your post. It makes me sad to read it, but it is good to see the truth written.