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Thousands in Montreal Unite Against Austerity and Petro-Economy


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Thousands in Montreal Unite Against Austerity and Petro-Economy

David Gray-Donald

Called by the Comité Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015 Committee), the "Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro-Economy" in Montreal on Saturday, March 21, was the spring's first major demonstration in what many hope will be a heated season.

Despite persistent wet snow and a low grey sky, the protest grew several blocks long, noisily winding through downtown Montreal for several hours on Saturday afternoon.


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The new Austerity featuring higher costs to education, and cutbacks to social services inclusive of health care are what's on the menu for all Western nations. It's part of a New Global Order and the despicable "free trade" treaties are the backdoor in. After all, they grant to corporations the "right" to police themselves while bringing labor and environmental standards down to the lowest common denominator. Since the objective is global and oriented towards a whole new system of serfs (99%) and nobles (1%)... naturally LOTS of people have cause to protest... and more and more protest will invariably be underway.

Telling, and lately expressed in a recent article describing the extent of homicides related to The War On Drugs in Mexico, and also related by a young woman protesting the disappearance of the 43 students in Mexico is the gripping understanding that items like the War on Drugs and War on Terror are actually pretexts for arming a lot of paid goons trained to fire on their own if and when the multitudes begin to seriously threaten the system set up through lies, stealth, and martial enforcement. This system like that of all top-down hierarchies rewards those at the top while squashing the masses at the bottom.

The real reason for demonizing Venezuela is that it's one of the few places that spreads some of the corporate goodies (oil revenues) around. Qaddafi did so and ended up dead, and he is hardly the first. Today's oligarchs mean business and viewing human life as cheap and setting their cold sterile minds on the goal of Population Reduction, they WELCOME excuses to use raw force to intimidate population pools into compliance, or otherwise "mow the lawn."


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Please! why does everyone refuse to see the wood in the trees?
There is one, and only one, cause of all our economic woes. During the early 1900's our stupid/corrupt politicians signed away our 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 particular economic consequence was recorded centuries ago in the well known fable about the boy 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 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 cost 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 approved by Parliament. Health, Education, University courses, Infrastructure of all kinds, etc. etc.

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". The Government must own and run it's own Bank, just like the original Commonwealth Bank. 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 and lending, controlled by being liquid cash, backed by the ownership of assets, and strict criteria 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. 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, 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 money and influence. This is named "The Universal Economy" because it will operate anywhere.

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, the only Nation to do so, now they have military bases in more than one hundred and seven Nations, they have engineered regime change and wars in countless Nations, and recently have printed trillions of dollars, called quantitative easing, and poured it into foreign banks and financial Institutions trying to prevent the next meltdown; but it is not working because their printed money was not spent into circulation, instead it inflated the prices of shares and real estate, the bust cometh.


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I wonder how many Quebecois would turn out to a protest against their province's increasing anti-hijab/niquab Islamophobia.

Anglos in Toronto too.


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In the US, we've been implementing the austerity agenda from the bottom-up since the 1980s. Much work went into successfully pitting the middle class against the poor, workers against the jobless, preventing a united push-back, such as was seen in similar eras in our past. Divide and conquer. Americans overall are utterly clueless about how much of the austerity agenda has already been implemented. Not everyone can work (health, etc.) and there aren't jobs for all who desperately need one. What do people think happens to those who are left out? The US shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended welfare in the 1990s. (The last welfare check was issued back in the 1990s. For real. TANF is a short-term, marginally subsidized work program, exclusively for those with minor children.) America does, indeed, have a poverty crisis (though we no longer have a means of counting most of the very poor). The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 people who absolutely need one, and while that's an improvement, what do you think happens to those who are left behind? On top of this, the right wing of the Dem Party continues to target the disabled, very few of whom have any options at all. Social Security is very much at risk.

The "99%" theme is obviously false. The middle class remains pitted against the poor, workers against the jobless. People did "rise up" with Occupy. Occupy began as an extraordinary people's movement, but it was quickly redefined (by Dem pols and lib media, then many participants themselves) as a Middle Class Only movement. The rest of us walked away -- the poor and those who get why unrelieved poverty is sinking the US. While there are still scattered protests, some of which fly the Occupy banner, any movement was killed off by middle class elitism.


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Daddio, are you serious, or just oblivious to Western "Christian" history?