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Good Government Is Great! "Der Spiegel" Promotes Transparency Meme
Skype and Sensibility: Estonia Lives the European Dream ... The Estonians, with little debt, an enthusiastic attitude toward Europe and a stoic approach to austerity measures, are a model EU nation in the midst of a crisis. They live in a digital republic defined by a business-friendly atmosphere and government transparency, an image that is attracting European expats. – Der Spiegel
Dominant Social Theme: Government does work. It really does. It does. Just make it transparent! And give us direct democracy while you're at it!
Free-Market Analysis: We have identified direct democracy and transparency as two dominant social themes that the power elite wishes to use to promote global governance. This Der Spiegel article is a perfect expression of the transparency meme.
Where is the transparency meme coming from? Like so many things, it is apparently being promoted by the elite itself. In fact, there is a group called Transparency International, founded by a former senior executive of the World Bank, which promotes the idea that a transparent government is a perfected one.
"Transparency" has seemingly been identified as a way to resuscitate the idea of government as a moral and economic necessity. In fact, both of these themes, transparency and direct democracy, are seemingly an attempt by the Anglosphere power elite to offer a solution to the drawbacks of modern governance via the use of the Internet.
Direct democracy can be facilitated by the Internet and so can government transparency. The Internet itself is "sick" (a modern term of approbation) and "hip." Thus the elite's think-tank mavens at Tavistock believe they have hit on a promotion that appeals to youngsters while fulfilling its larger agenda of rehabilitating generally the concept of government.
The Internet has proven an enemy of elites who wish to control billions via their control of government itself. Government is a necessary part of world control. No government, no elite control. Thus is it absolutely necessary to ensure not only that government continue to be large and intrusive but also that it is held, generally, in high repute.
Given the increasingly thuggish and vicious nature of Western bureaucracy generally, this is difficult to do. However, the elites continue to make the attempt, as they cannot do otherwise. These two memes form a portmanteau that can be promoted around the world; they are not specific to any one country. They can provide a solution to the increasing chaos caused (seemingly on purpose) by the Anglosphere's current political, economic and military systems.
The Anglosphere power elite promotes its fear-based themes in order to further centralize power and authority. Anarchism, the absence of government force, is constantly waved about like a black flag of disaster. In fact, the elites seek to introduce chaos into the world in order to propose government solutions: Out of chaos, order. Here's some more from the lengthy Der Spiegel article:
What's so great about Estonia? "Muchas cosas pequeñas," or many little things, says Spaniard Naphtali Peral. He says that he established his company here in only half a day, mainly online. The record for establishing a company, he adds, is only 18 minutes. In other words, the government doesn't say: Hey, Peral, who do you think you are, starting a company, just like that? No, he says, the state actually encourages entrepreneurship, and says things like: So you have an idea, Peral! Go for it!
And then he says that it takes him 20 minutes to prepare his semiannual tax return, and that when it was time to slash the government budget, Estonia's cabinet ministers started with their own salaries. "And they weren't making very much to begin with. I mean, these aren't the people who are filling their pockets," he says. "Some of them are really smart, capable people, who could earn a lot more in other jobs!" ... The business climate is fair and open, and you can trust the police, politicians and bureaucrats."
'We Wanted a Transparent State' ... When one asks Juhan Parts, the country's economics minister, what makes Estonia different, he gives a short answer: nothing. Estonia, says Parts, is a small but perfectly normal country ... Parts, a 45-year-old born in Tallinn, was the founder of his party, became prime minister and is now economics minister – an unusual minister, at that ... When Parts was prime minister, he had all ministers' bills, notes and files stored in electronic databases, creating Europe's first completely paperless cabinet table ...
"When we had finally escaped from Soviet socialism, we were sick and tired of government centralism. We wanted precisely the opposite in all respects: We wanted a transparent state. A country that isn't constantly intervening, nationalizing businesses, placing a bureaucracy above everything and imposing rules on people in every respect. The state must clear the way for those who want to achieve something. That's the function of the state." ...
The euro had always been the country's declared goal. In the last few years, starting in 2008, the Estonians had fought their way through the worst economic crisis they had ever seen, triggered by the global financial crisis and the bursting of the local real estate bubble. The economy shrank by 14 percent in 2009 ... The government did not pump borrowed funds into the economic cycle. Instead, it did what economists call internal devaluation ... The Estonians stoically accepted these measures. There was no unrest and no protests ... Last year, Estonia easily satisfied the Maastricht criteria. In fact, its government finances were sounder than anywhere else in the European Union.
And while the rest of the euro countries tended to see the common currency as more of a curse than a blessing, the Estonians were unwavering. They celebrated the introduction of the euro. Today a tattoo artist named Elena, who works at the Viru Tattoo Studio, offers a special price of €45 to tattoo the image of the euro coin onto a customer's upper arm or neck. It takes 20 minutes.
This article hits all the elite's promotional buttons. Government can be an ally, after all. Government can streamline taxes. Government can "encourage entrepreneurship." Government can create a "fair and open" business climate. Government can "clear the way" for those who want to achieve. Government can impose "austerity" for everyone's greater good. Government can be trusted once it is "transparent."
Unfortunately, all of these statements are lies. Government is force. Its force is manipulated by the elite, mercantilist, Anglosphere families and their colleagues and enablers that stand behind government and use it both as a shield and source of power.
It is the elite that needs and seeks government to perpetuate its waning power. The powers-that-be will do anything to foster its continuance. They aim for the ultimate in governance, which is world government. This has been described by George Orwell as boot-stamping on the human face in perpetuity, a fair description in our view.
Thanks to the Internet Reformation, government's boot – its militarism and deliberate impoverishment of all but a few – has been increasingly revealed to millions and even billions. As the Gutenberg Press before it, the Internet is gradually revealing the way the world works to people previously "programmed" by power elite memes. Dominant social themes are being offered by the elites to counteract this growing knowledge. Transparency is apparently a central one, as we believe we can see from this Der Spiegel article.
Conclusion: Follow the mainstream media to see what promotions the elites are launching. Follow the Internet to gauge their effectiveness.
Posted by William3 on 10/24/11 04:59 PM
Interestingly, the positive arguments der Spiegel makes about Estonia are centered on free-market concepts -- smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation, entrepreneurial freedom, etc. Is it possible that the power elite are now openly conceding that people are pining for free-market systems?
Of course, the hooker is that government is needed to enable these things to happen. To stay alive in the process of change that's happening, the elite need to find ways to remain relevant by keeping governments in charge, no matter what.
The new meme of transparency may indeed be a ruse to keep control by appearing to be more sensitive to citizens' concerns. But to me it also signals that those in power are losing the war and are clinging to diminishing hopes they can keep the current paradigm alive.
Posted by HugoHolland on 10/24/11 03:00 PM
To bad you are not writing about global governement and a world central bank. Looks like the Vatican is on board as well
'The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a "global public authority" and a "central world bank" to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises.'
Time to modernize. Just give up some power and be ruled fair and just. Really thats why we give our backing. Since our leader is directly connected to god and still cant prevent childabuse or fraud in our bank shows we have to modernize as well.
'calling, for example, for taxation measures on financial transactions. '
Financial transactions, yes also yours contribute to all the misery on the planet. Its not more than fair that when you transact you pay. Its good, it has the blessing of the Lord.
'It condemned what it called "the idolatry of the market" as well as a "neo-liberal thinking" that it said looked exclusively at technical solutions to economic problems. '
You dont know what is best for you. Our technocrats and lessons learn the past many centuries makes it a great deal since its completely neutral.
'adding that world economics needed an "ethic of solidarity" among rich and poor nations. '
Rich is bad. Thats why we need to take it away and give it away. We wont enrich ourselfs ofcourse. We are above that. Please ignore the frauds at our bank, the childabuse and lots more.
'be destined to create a climate of growing hostility and even violence, and ultimately undermine the very foundations of democratic institutions'
Democracy is the best. Beware if you dont listen to us... . It could lead to violence and the end of the best thing there is (democracy)
'It called for the establishment of "a supranational authority" with worldwide scope and "universal jurisdiction"'
Its almost like Jesus. Really great, thats why everyone should come on board. Since its starting point should be the UN you know what happens when a country wont comply.
'The world needed a "minimum shared body of rules to manage the global financial market" and "some form of global monetary management." '
Really we cant leave it to people cooperating voluntary. Our technocrats are way better and make sure nobody cheats. They are truely honest people without flaws.
'"Of course, this transformation will be made at the cost of a gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation's powers to a world authority'
Then and only then we can make His kingdom on earth. We show the path and make sure you follow it since we are the closest to god there is.
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Posted by Iapetus on 10/24/11 10:42 AM
As you have inferred, many are under the impression that a direct democracy would be better than a democratic republic; thinking that since the Republican form of government has failed us, that we must go to a direct democracy to improve social governance. They point to Switzerland as a working model. To find the fatal flaws within the Swiss model, one must only study its current state of affairs. It is a vastly divided society as are almost all first world so-called "civilized" societies.
Democracy has never worked. Government has always been used by the oligarchs to control the means of production and they do it for their own self interest. Even the lower and middle classes vote for what is in their own best interests, negating any benefits to the majority. What is so hard to understand about that aspect of human nature. Government does not work and the reasons are quite logical, yet so many just ignore these realities, thinking that they can somehow get others to go against their innate senses of self interests and survival.
Government force has caused much greater harms than good, yet people are so brainwashed, they cannot overcome their own irrational thoughts. Believing that government can somehow harness individual self interests has historical been a lesson in futility, that I wish even our most ardent Austrians would embrace. You will never beat the oligarchs using political means. We must use free market means like protesting, private courts, private police, education, boycotting, etc.
We have done much to expose the practices of the oligarchs, their minions and lackeys. As many of you know, I support privatization of the courts and try to promote an organized effort at least create such a system as I believe it is the Achilles heel of government.
Posted by Hoss on 10/24/11 09:28 AM
Transparency -- a baton made of Lexan(tm)
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 10/24/11 07:45 AM
DB: "This (SPIEGEL-) article hits all the elite's promotional buttons (... ) Unfortunately, all of these statements are lies"
Well, there's a turn of phrase concerning "DER SPIEGEL" which is, in German: "Ehemaliges Nachrichtenmagazin".
Translation: "FORMER news magazine"
This idiom developed with "DER SPIEGEL's" vicious attacks on the 9/11 truth movement, which started in 2003 in earnest. While the magazine - like EVERY mainstream media outfit - NEVER actually was a reliable source of information, it's (hopefully) final decay started with 9/11 and the SPIEGEL's "coverage" thereof.