This article seeks to place the spotlight on the social engineering of the political process towards a form of neo-liberalism that benefits the few billionaire classes at the expense of the global many. People are disillusioned with the uneasy collusion between the Political class, the metropolitan elites and these money grabbing billionaires. I suggest that Politics is no longer an exercise in improving the lives of ordinary people. This article maps the emergence of this dodgy capitalist cabal within the current global political arrangement and suggests that unfreezing the current Political arrangement for a more administrative system of government is preferable. We assert that Politicians have now become an embarrassment to democracy; they are unnecessary corrupt middle-men that we no longer can afford.
Since the Second World War the world’s nations have straddled a number of Political theories in order to find a lasting peace and financial security. The doctrine of Capitalism and Socialism and its hybrid variants have undoubtedly dominated the political spectrum with very little visible rewards for the poor. A politics of unanimity on a global scale was agreed at the end of the cold war in January of 1991, this included the dissolution of the Eastern Communist bloc following the collapse of the Berlin Wall. A post-ideological consensus was instituted based on the acceptance of the capitalist market system and the liberal state as the organisational foundations of most nation states. With the end of the cold war the doctrine of Socialism has fragmented and found its expression in a splintered post-modernist protest movement, too small to challenge the alliance forged by Capitalism and its many outriders such as the mass media, corrupt politicians and the greedy billionaire class.
This therefore has left nation states leading to a narrowing of political choice and a contraction of the democratic process. Capitalism has continued to dominate the scene in the 21st Century with its most extreme strand of neo-liberal hegemony-a highly problematic challenge to those seeking a more even society. Its main benefactors have been the billionaire class and multinational corporations. There is undoubtedly a growing body of evidence that points to a corrupt nexus between most world leaders and big businesses. It is a difficult arrangement to disentangle and as a result has led to awkward democratic arrangements globally.
The last quarter century has been discernible by the ascension of neo-liberalism market deregulation, state decentralization, and reduced Political intervention in national economies. Today there is a yawning gap between the rich and the poor. According to the current world bank statistics, one eighth of the world’s population – 800 million people—lack the ability to fulfil their base level needs, whether it means eating only one bowl of rice a day or forgoing health care when it’s needed most. The (OECD) declares that of its 34 member states, the richest 10% of the population earn 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10%. Going by these statistics it is safe to assume that capitalism the dominant political doctrine has failed. The post Bretton-woods consensus has been largely responsible for the greatest transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor.
In the global south voting for a democracy is a farcical exercise. The structural adjustment programmes implemented by the IMF on countries seeking economic support for their balance of payment problems has landed them into a serious debt trap that is inescapable. Election manifestos in these countries are never about who can grow the economy it’s always borrowing money at a less attractive interest rate. The expectation of financial progress is so low in Countries like Jamaica, Haiti and Guyana so that passing an IMF test is seen as something to cheer about.
Correspondingly in the US and Europe there are no mark difference between political parties. The choice is not between the voter and its political representative. It has become a tussle between the political leaders and the Media moguls who dominate public opinion. Election exercises are characterised by a scramble for political funding from the self-seeking Billionaire class to pay for the propaganda narratives that will spin them into power.
Kingston-Mouth is very wary of the political isms and schisms that have straddled the post-world war era. In fact, the political nostrums of the past have been totally unhelpful – the many and very recompensing for he one percent. Neoliberalism is a con and a mendicant political/economic arrangement that is raking up a trail of war, death, debt and stolen resources with environmental damage across the planet. Socialism and Capitalism, together with its variant ideological strands, are unworkable and lacking in credibility; a utopian concept that lacks the ability to create a fair and equitable realm. Managing Editor of Kingston-mouth has always contended that most political systems are a farce as they creates an unnecessary layer above public administration and the delivery of public services to citizens. She contends that the origin if politics dates back to early antiquity out of a Greco/Sino propertied arrangement where ordinary slaves and citizens without property had no rights to participate in government; very little has changed since then.
Apart from political systems failure to create an economic and political climate that works for everyone, politics is not measurable and cannot produce predictable economic outcomes. Political and economic theories are driven by values and not facts; they are not a proper scientific discipline. In addition, manifestos are not worth the paper that they are written on as scenarios for the future are difficult to predict, mainly as a result of error in judgment or the unintended consequences. So in a practical sense, elections only guarantee jobs for the mostly political class and metropolitan elites who act as advisors and government consultants. Colin Crouch, distinguished Professor of Sociology, argued in 2000 that liberalism has taken a turn beyond social democracy. He opined that we are operating in a post-democracy that was caused by an entanglement between public and private sector. In his book The Strange Non-Death of Neo-Liberalism he cite other causes for a disinterest in politics as : a resentment by the over privatize public services, that political parties have become very much alike, that Neoliberalism is pervasive xenophobia has hijacked political parties in the west and that austerity is painful for middle working and the underclass.
To conclude, Kingstonmouth believes that its time to cast-off the political ideological templates provided by the Socialist left and the Libertarian right that have not delivered on their promises to create economic, social justice and lasting peace to the people of the world. The history of politics since the post- Bretton wood and the Post-cold war era has seen the greatest transfer of wealth from the rich to the poor. Politics and ideologies have lost their sense of value and sanctimony. Todays politics unfortunately has fulfilled Irish polemicist Bernard Shaw’s crude description- he once opined, “Politics is the last refuge of a scoundrel”. There must be another way of rebalancing the world’s economy rapidly in order to spread wealth evenly and curb corruption and graft imposed upon us by the cruel and parasitic strands of neoliberalism. We urgently require an alternative Political system that works for everyone, an economy where everyone plays by the same rules. We are tired of the trickle-down effect and the ratcheting up influence of the fat cat billionaire classes and their Political outriders.
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