Big Government, Big Business, Big Corruption

There are various ways of looking at our ruling class. Perhaps the best comes from Sean Gabb, the director of The Libertarian Alliance, they are a loose coalition of politicians, civil servants, financiers, business men, media moguls, educators and others who run the institutions that make up England's management. Given that Her Majesty's Government extorts some 80% of the average man's wages it is easy to see the recipients of the largesse as parasites and and the extortionists as rogues. Most of the books that follow are recommended in Mass Media 101, an essay by Barry Krusch on how we are manipulated and controlled. He makes a lot of sense. His sources tend to be American.

Brown boasts on the Treasury web site that he was spending 10,900 for every man, woman and child in the UK in 2009. Naturally it is higher now in 2010, some 11,700 He has less to say about the rogues taking our money and politicians retiring to very well paid jobs which are bribes in fact or effect.

You can read about the bungs, the lies and the humungous multigigabuck cock ups every fortnight in Private Eye.

Big Brother Is Watching You
The excuses are lies. They like power. They want power. They are granting themselves power.


Who runs the Boondoggles? The answer is simple; parasites. Of course they have to qualify. This means pandering to power. It isn't pretty but greed trumps principle.


Corruption Index 2010
Rates bribery and corruption by country. England comes higher than our wonderful politicians deserve. The Jews are not amused by their rating.


Corruption Index 2011
Corruption thrives to this day. It always will.


America, Inc. by Mintz and Cohen
Did not get a review either but the title is evocative. It is just one of the books recommended by Barry Krusch in Mass Media 101


The Best Congress Money Can Buy
Philip Stern has written a wonderfully insightful book about our political system that would be an eye-opener for any American. This fine, articulate journalist speaks from the politicians' point of view and, as you can glean from the title, reveals the misery and constant stress politicians are under to raise funds for their campaigns. We complain about politicians being greedy and preoccupied with fundraising, but after reading this account of the political process you realize the politicians don't like it any more than we do. We learn that they simply have no choice..............

Stern also lets us hear the other side, the viewpoint of the unions and the Political Action Committee's who wield such power over our system with the almighty dollar, and hence, make up "the best Congress money can buy." I urge every American to read this book. You will be surprised by the humanity, compassion and also the frustration expressed by the politicians interviewed. They are not our enemies; they are trying to be our allies while expected to raise huge amounts of money to finance their campaigns, leaving far too few hours for their constituents.
I am prone to think of them as driven by greed but I am not arguing with Mr Stern's thesis.


Big Government, Big Business, Big Corruption
Fred explains American corruption. It is just like England.


Farm Fiasco by James Bovard
This, along with the Free Trade fiasco book, are two of this authors finest books and written in an over-the-top, bombastic, but shockingly accurate way. Learn how the government wastes $100 billion a year, which is about 1000 bucks for each 'hard' taxpayer out there..............

This book lays out in detail the history, and the basic *fiasco* (which it is) leading up to today's farm outlays in each years farm bills. The pork that goes to each industry is enormous, and wasteful, and is laid out in this book. Even though this book was written a while ago, it still speaks to today, being that we are still paying scads of money for outlays to farms that are raking in large amounts of money, not "the family farm" as some try to portray.
We are being milked just like the cows only more so. Cynics call it Tax farming. So do honest men.


Head Taxman Likes Freebies
Don't Scoff
LIFE remains sweet at the top of HMRC [ Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs ] however, as the country's biggest tax avoiders will always stump up for good scoff for the boss. Freedom of information inquiries by the Eye reveal that "big four" accountancy firms Ernst &: Young, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC who between them sell hundreds of tax avoidance schemes every year, are particularly keen to schmooze the HMRC director-general responsible for fighting their activities Dave Hartnett.

In 18 months up to December 2006 (the latest period for which HMRC would release information), Mr Hartnett was entertained by the  big four 17 times. His most avid host, KPMG took him to dinner five times, including to the Mirabelle, the Cinnamon Club with the firm's boss, Loughlin Hickey, to supper at Simpsons and put him up in the Park Lane Hilton ahead of the firm's  annual tax symposium. Deloitte, meanwhile, also took Hartnett to his favourite Cinnamon Club to discuss "better use of consultancy support" and to the mandarins' haunt of Shepherds in Westminster to introduce an HMRC colleague.

Although the extent of the schmoozing appears to breach HMRC rules limiting hospitality to being "not too frequent" and "not part of a pattern of invitations", an HMRC spokesman insists there was nothing wrong: "Anyone who thinks HMRC would be inclined to dilute its opposition to tax avoidance as an outcome of some working dinners is clearly unaware of the recent history of tax avoidance in the UK."
What do they discuss? Fine wines, paying less tax, the well paid jobs that will come his way when he retires? Nobody offers me bribes but then I was never in a position to do multimegabuck favours.


Open secrets: The price of politics in Alaska by Larry Makinson
Has not been reviewed on Amazon. It was published in 1986, long before Sarah Palin went into politics. She does look nice and that is just one reason why the Democrats are nasty about her.


Red Rubber: The Story of the Rubber Slave Trade by Sir Roger Casement
Red Rubber: The Story of the Rubber Slave Trade...... has an introduction by Sir Harry H. Johnston. ......... This book exposes the colonial injustice that took place in the Congo Free State (currently called the Democratic Republic of Congo) under the leadership of the Belgian King, King Leopold II. I strongly recommend this book to anybody interested in the history of Africa.
This little review was written by someone who believes the propaganda we have been fed about Western Guilt, the idea that we are supremely guilty and must pay forevermore.


Wall Street Says Go Political
On the other hand, it may be observed that both the extreme right and the extreme left of the conventional political spectrum are absolutely collectivist. The national socialist (for example, the fascist) and the international socialist (for example, the Communist) both recommend totalitarian politico-economic systems based on naked, unfettered political power and individual coercion. Both systems require monopoly control of society. While monopoly control of industries was once the objective of J. P. Morgan and J. D. Rockefeller, by the late nineteenth century the inner sanctums of Wall Street understood that the most efficient way to gain an unchallenged monopoly was to "go political" and make society go to work for the monopolists under the name of the public good and the public interest. This strategy was detailed in 1906 by Frederic C. Howe in his Confessions of Monopolists. Howe, by the way, is also a figure in the story of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Go political as in:- Let government forces of army, police and tax collector screw the working man while Big Business colludes in the gold plated contracts.


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Updated  on  Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:23:37