An Institutionally Corrupt Country

I dislike living in a country that is institutionally corrupt. By that I do not mean that everyone is 'on the take'; indeed, most people in this country want to be decent and behave honestly. What has happened, and it has happened under governments of all types, is that the idea that people and organisations are motivated primarily by vice, and principally by greed and fear, has taken over. This has led to absurd outcomes.

Because people do not wish to be confronted with this view of the world, they react self-righteously to any such assertion, and their institutions tell lies to cover things up. In such circumstances, those who genuinely aspire to some sort of decent or compassionate governance or to the things that time and again, in every society, make people happy, like family and faith and self-reliance and friendship, are left by the wayside.

The rot runs at every level. For instance, the first thing the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom did was to sell its buildings and administration to a private body that would administer the fabric of Her Majesty's justice with and for public funds.

Judges now don't punish wrongdoing as they want to and should for financial reasons or because their hands are tied by bad law, and many laws minutely restrict life and set it round with fines because of a combination of political priggishness and craven populism in the face of a demented press.

The present and past governments sold things that the people paid for to private companies, with no requirement that they or any other private company maintain pensions at a proper level and with accounting standards that encouraged them to raid those funds.

Education has been systematically polluted since the nineteen eighties, with nonsense subjects keeping people at underfunded universities and off dole queues--themselves forced to look for work in privately owned job centres--if they can get through the secondary system at all. A new class of pointless academics are now about to be rewarded for their labours by being made to struggle with people teaching proper subjects for money, before being thrown onto the job market with no hope of getting or paying mortgages.

The secondary system has been riddled with corrupt coursework and dumbed-down standards, and children have been schooled in ways suited to large retail oligopolies, some of whom have realised the error that has occurred whilst refusing to take any of the blame.

Each time, as service got worse or life became more expensive for the vulnerable, people were encouraged to live increasingly from credit, or to trust large oligopoly banks whose representatives now appear to own the British government. North Sea Oil, an incredible bounty of nature, was wasted. The government massaged figures from 1992 onwards with a private finance initiative that placed borrowing and repayment decisions on future generations, and by a concentration on statistics to measure the economy that were increasingly divorced from reality. It claimed that this was making the state cheaper; yet it borrowed more and taxed more than any other, ever.

An assault on churches, families, and sacrifice was launched. As so often, tax men were placed on American-style bureaucratic production lines armed with bailiff powers to bankrupt people in a day, all by a government elected by twenty two per cent of the voters and with the connivance of an opposition representing twenty per cent of the voters.

We also now bury poor children in mass graves in London, in flimsy boxes that foxes can dig up. And few political people are outraged at that, because I guess we have been desensitised to the proper dignity that should be accorded to the dead.

Selfish people are often associated with the demonstration of virtue. That this has now been pathologised by social scientists probably allows the middle classes to quote it, rather than to spend their time dismissing older forms of wisdom that could have told them the same thing. That means that we have had ideological bullying by people who think they are virtuous about the environment for some fifteen years now.

The net result has been to allow little Hitlers to bully vulnerable people about recycling whilst avoiding any real study of landfill because the EU will not let them. Before the environment, 'Europe' and 'immigration' were used as issues to push a statist cause that ended up calling anyone who disagreed a racist or a xenophobe. In between, the cause of African debt was championed and the unsavoury connection between vicious regimes and western aid was ignored, leading to a situation in which debt was rescheduled in 2000.

Banks that crashed the economy with mortgage derivatives can now push the idea of carbon trading as a new market, even though the 'science' of carbon-induced global warming is now bankrupt. Africans can see their heritage and resources being raped by Indian Ocean conglomerates and state enterprises whilst their peoples die of diseases borne in part by the social conditions that big enterprises promote. The western liberal response is to offer sympathy from youths who would never dream of serving their own countries in uniform, plus condoms and abortions.

Meanwhile, the people never see their children educated properly; they never get room to breathe, apart from when on welfare; they are not allowed faith, and are made fearful of their neighbour; and they are fed a constant diet of rubbish by the media, government and corporations.

The present and putative next government, should by some mischance it win the election, is already preparing for 'social bonds' that allow rich institutions to avoid tax by investing in criminals so that governments do not have to deliver justice and rehabilitation.

Once more, and with feeling, we need;

1. Low, flat taxes with no loopholes for all, and individual health accounts
2. Independent Universities and voucher-based schools
3. A massive reduction in the number of elected officeholders and Primaries
4. No international development spending at all, and secure borders
5. The abolition of 'charities' and their replacement by non-profit companies
6. Fundamental reorganisation and regulation of the finance industry
7. The election of commissioners of the BBC, Sports, Transport and Police
8. No Subsidy to industry without a return in shares
9. An independent military and an independent foreign policy
10. A cleansing referendum on the European Union
11. Legally protected pensions accounts that individuals can top up
12. A commission to abolish laws

We also need, in no particular order, a new, cheap system of dispute resolution with money kept out of courts as much as possible. We need the rejection of the cult of global warming, and an attempt to educate politicians about scientific method, peak oil, and food problems.

As a country, and as a west, we require the destruction of the link between scientists and government approved grants. We need a new tolerance of private and plural religions, but one commitment as a citizen to be a citizen and accept that community aims might be private things, not pushed on others, so long as government gets out of civil society.

We need goodwill, and not a society that treats life as the war of all against all.

But we are not going to get that. I think that I am living during the last decades of the sort of civilisation that we have, because things cannot go on the way they are and because an isolated political class has such an iron grip.

I hope that I am wrong, but every day seems to bring a new parody of policy or activity or public reaction, disguised as something that is really happening, to the fore. To despair is a sin, and after it is all over, things will no doubt be better. But I think that it is almost too late.

Comments

PJMULVEY said…
Martin........sounds like a great agenda for both sides of the Atlantic........too bad there is not a political party with the courage....or I should say the independence from money to embrace such as agenda....Hilaire Belloc predicted it all in the Servile State 100 years ago. Best, Patrick
Martin Meenagh said…
Well, I wonder if it is in the realms of the possible anymore, hence my worry. Things sometimes look better in the morning, though.

I agree with you about Hilaire Belloc. I also wonder what he would have made about how the lobbyists and victim lawyers who are all over Europe at the minute are attacking a church genuinely guilty--with other institutions--of misfeasance in the past, given that he believed that Europe was the Church and the Church was Europe. I think that he meant by that their histories, when viewed together, gave one a sort of a bigger but parallax view of our civilisation.

Ah well...I'm going to write about distributism soon, and am reading Belloc and Chesterton, when I get the time.

All the best to you--I hope that all is well
Martin Meenagh said…
Belloc meant more than that I know

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