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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Make your mind up time

My last piece ‘Six New Year Messages & my wish for 2018’, drew a thought-provoking response in the comments section from Andy Crow, a guy who very helpfully sends me his feedback and thoughts on some of the issues I raise here. In particular, this comment got me thinking:

“My thought of the day is that we can have Neoliberalism or we can have Democracy, but we cannot have both. We cannot even pretend to have both for much longer I suspect” – Andy Crow

This has been bubbling away in the background for a few days. In short…and by way of a nice change for one of my missives…here is the conclusion I have arrived at:

  • You can have democracy or you can have neo-liberalism, but you cannot have both
  • You can have peace or you can have neo-conservatism, but you cannot have both
  • If you want neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism, they are a perfect fit. Just don’t pretend you care about peace and democracy

It’s make your mind up time folks.

I hope you have a great weekend.  Best wishes


P.S. If you would like to read my thoughts on what a transition to 'peace and democracy' would look like (in the US) - I wrote a piece last September which goes into detail on the fundamental issues, and some of the solutions I believe are necessary. You can find it here:

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Let us pretend

Six New Year Messages & my wish for 2018