The similarities of colonial Britain and the politics in American society today are brought to light by examining a centuries-old satirical essay, A Modest Proposal.
I woke today with an inner rage that can only come from experience and knowledge. This winter, hundreds of thousands of Americans will be on the streets homeless, without food, shelter or heat. Families will break up from financial distress. Kids will be dealing with life insecurities, bullies who capitalize on weakness and observers will judge "misbehavior" versus dig deeper for the real root causes. 45,000 suicides from joblessness will occur and many more will unsuccessfully try to take their lives in despair. Millions will suffer from food insecurity or poor nutrition because of financial destitution, austerity and Calvinism. Millions will die from pollution and the environmental destruction from contaminated drinking water. Airborne illnesses from air pollution will kill or severely damage their lungs as well. Hundreds of thousands of minorities, vulnerable from years of systemic and envrionmental racism will die attempting to survive by living in alternative economies from unregulated prostitution to slinging drugs and gang related violence. Many women will suffer the effects of rape and be forced to self-medicate, have unsafe, unregulated procedures and even commit suicide from a lack of available, affordable services. Millions of individuals suffering from mental illness will go untreated, commit suicide, commit murders, destroy families and end up in jail as opposed to a medical facility... All because the people are more worried about the tone of activists sharing the econonic truths to fix all of the above... tone policing. And ultimately because of austerity. Cutting federal spending. Tax cuts for the rich and not Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, free college for all, a Federal Job Guarantee, Green Energy and an overall dereliction of duty to serve the people by our "elected representatives". Voters are easily distracted and politicians gleeful of our short memories. #LearnMMT #FuckAusterity #GetSmart #RiggedElections #ShortSightedness #DNC #TaxScamBill
MMT, aka Modern Monetary Theory, however poorly the name works for you, is not a system that has to be implemented someday. It is a perfectly accurate description of how our currency works. It is a myth-busting destroyer of propaganda and myths. The establishment and the activist alike speak in lies from the tablecloth... MMT destroys those arguments by shining a light on the functional realities.
I shall skip my usual line-by-line critique and begin here, because, finally, a politician says something that is honest and it makes the news! The end of austerity does mean that we’re going to allow the deficit to rise, and we don’t care. And that is totally honest, because nobody in Britain should care if it rises. The UK Government is what we call ‘monetarily sovereign’. Osborne knows this as well, but he doesn’t want you to know that he knows. It has the exclusive, monopoly authority to issue British pounds. Actual pounds come from nowhere else. When the UK Government spends, it is literally spending pounds into existence to ‘pay for’ programmes.