We are all Winston Smith.
Yes, "most EU countries have been imposing austerity for some time, as has the U.S" and, as the expression goes, the chickens are coming home to roost. Evidence is not only the Brexit vote, but the populist campaigns of both Trump on the right and Sanders on the left. Ironically, with her close corporate ties, Pillory Clinton is most like Republican Presidential candidates since at least Ronald Reagan. If elected, as seems likely, will she be able to sustain her pro-business agenda in a world increasingly revolting against a pro-business austerity policy like hers?
And while we're at the UN and who/what violates human rights....this from 2013 and things have only gotten worse since with more Palestinians cleansed, lands stolen, homes destroyed and killed outright by the "special ally" of empire USA! For more of the same elect Shillary, the Israeli war-crimes lap-dog.......
"6 June 2013 – A United Nations independent expert today drew attention to the human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory and stressed that attempts to distort the facts cannot mask the reality that Israel’s actions are endangering Palestinians’ lives every day.
“Neither Israel nor its proxies can justify the facts on the ground in occupied Palestine,” Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, said, “so they distract, distort and defame to allow the violations to go on.”"
"“At the end of May Israel had 4,979 Palestinians, including 236 children, in its prisons. Another fact is that Israel constantly holds around 200 Palestinians in so-called administrative detention, which is a euphemism Israel uses for detention without charges.”
Turning to the situation in Gaza, Mr. Falk recalled that, in mid-June, Palestinians in Gaza will enter the seventh year of living under Israel’s blockade.
“Israel’s blockade is suffocating Palestinians in Gaza, with an incredible 70 per cent of the population dependent on international aid for survival and 90 per cent of the water unfit for human consumption,” he said. “These violations deprive Palestinians of hope and make a mockery of revived peace negotiations.”"
66 million in the UK, actually, old chap. It is about the size of New Zealand which incidentally has a mere 3 million but makes up for it by having 40 million sheep and around 1 million tourists. Vietnam, again having around the area of the UK, now hosts 96 million, despite past USAian efforts to diminish the population by killing 1 in 10 of the then 30 million Vietnamese.
Austerity in the UK began in 1979 when the idiot voters in the UK (about 28% of the voting population) voted in Maggot Thatcher, whose greatest achievement during her over-long time as Prime Minister was to have increased poverty from 1 in 10 to 1 in 4 of the population.
The UN has been rather slow.
The Libertarians I read do not consider her any friend of free markets or the businesses of a free market system. They consider her a corrupt statist, who will continue most of the bad policies implemented by Pres. B. Obama. Picking winners and losers. (Keystone XL will continue to be a 'loser'...) Expecting payoffs before allowing anything to happen. Above the law, and pushing the Constitutional boundaries. A queen and a monarch (thankfully term-limited...)
Yes, the US did the same thing, but note that Americans support our austerity agenda. Since 1996, we've maintained a welfare "reform" agenda that directly violates the UN's UDHR. Bill Clinton also targeted the disabled; by 2000, the disabled had become the fastest-growing group of homeless Americans.
The results of our "successful" policies have actually been quite impressive. Consider that the overall life expectancy in the US is around age 78 today.But for the US poor, this has already plunged to age 60. Americans approve. After all, when was the last time you heard even liberals call for restoring basic food and shelter to this country's poor?
The president isn't the government. Virtually all decisions must go through Congress. As long as people remain reasonably passive, government will do whatever it wants.
The one time since the 1960s that we saw any degree of threat to the agenda of two power parties was with Occupy. Predictably, Occupy was quite quickly redefined (by Dem pols, liberal media, then a number of participants) as a Middle Class Movement, and the rest of us finally walked away.
That's great! I am so happy. Think about all the suffering the UK has caused Greece the past few years, and the Spaniards, Portugese, Italy and the Irish too along with the Puerto Ricans. It about time the UK was taken to task for their criminal looting of the coffers, wages, pensions of workers in those countries. It should have happened sooner but better late than...
What's that you say? It's the EU, not the UK which is doing the bad things to Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy too? And it's the USA that's messing with PR?
Oh well, never mind.
My never ending thanks to Emily Litella/Gilda.
Pres. Obama sure acts like a monarch, and has claimed that he will what Congress won't do, that he has "a pen and a phone." Meanwhile the Republican base is angry at Congressional Republicans for rolling over for Pres. Obama and the MSM almost every time. (... as they reckon it...)
I would say that somehow you forgot the public driving Richard Nixon out of office in 1974, of protests during the 1980s limiting what Reagan could do in El Salvador and Nicaragua, of public upset over Iraq (and the financial crash) putting Obama in the White House.
From time to time I hear reruns of a familiar story: a British employer offers a job to an unemployed person-of-longtime-UK-descent. The unemployed person asks to start work at the end of the month, after his benefits run out, and the employer takes back the offer. Immigrants are liked better than natives because they have a better work ethic. And many people on the dole try to hide the pocket-money casual work they do, in order to protect their benefits.
I would bet that Karl Marx and V. Lenin, hearing the story, would gnash their teeth. They would be angry at the worker for sitting on his butt rather than working to overthrow the overlords and the system. After all, the first bullet point of 'The Communist Manifesto' is that everyone must work.