Sunday, 22 May 2011

Business Secretary Struggles With Indoctrination

Drawing down - what was once a petrol station,
now an unviable business on this stretch of the A38
An exasperated Business Secretary Vince Cable has told the Guardian that is has been a challenge explaining to the public just how bad the state of the British economy is in - BBC link, Guardian link.
   'The political class as a whole is not preparing the public for how massive the problem is... The fact is that we are now having to get used perhaps to lower growth and a gradual process of building the economy up again.
  'We have had a very, very profound crisis which is going to take a long time to dig out of. It is about the deficit, but that is only one of the symptoms. We had the complete collapse of a model based on consumer spending, a housing bubble, an overweight banking system – three banks each of them with a balance sheet larger than the British economy. It was a disaster waiting to happen and it did happen. It has done profound damage and it is damage that is going to last a long time.'
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The remains of a Derbyshire ironworks - Stanton - is scrapped
and carted off to China.  Well done, politicians!
What next?  Our topsoil?
‘The children who know how to think for themselves
 spoil the harmony of the collective society
which is coming, where everyone
would be interdependent.’
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US education reformer John Dewey, 1899
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  So Vince is struggling to educate people.  Perhaps that has something to do with a consumerist mind-set repeated ad-nauseum by advertisers, a media that tells us that the to-ings and fro-ings of orange-skinned celebs has more importance to our lives than real news, and an educational system preaching conformity and obedience rather than critical thought.  As for perpetual growth... come on!  Have these people never heard of Peak Oil?  We've either maxed out or are hitting Hubbard's Peak about now.  We've been living a lie, listening like docile fools to this - link - rather than this - link.
  Dr Colin Campbell, Peak Oil proponent:
  
‘I don't think new technologies will have any impact on the date of peak, which I estimate to have been passed in 2008...
 The whole flimsy financial edifice has now crashed, and some of the sillier governments are now pumping yet more fictional money into the system to encourage new consumption. Such policies may briefly succeed, but will only make the subsequent crash worse. We enter a new world, as the principal energy that drove the anomalous past two centuries heads into decline from natural depletion.
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Dr Colin Campbell,
interview with myself
on February 8, 2009

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