Rule of Law

Posted: 14/04/2012 by zandtao in Finance, Struggle
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The 1% are breaking the rule of law in the West and in the Middle East – previously in Argentina. A rule of law is important for any civilised society so breaking the rule of law is an important consideration.

There is a catchphrase often used “There is one rule for the rich and one for the poor”. Many people use this phrase in anger and frustration but few actually see the legal system designed this way. The actual design of our legal system is that there is one rule for the 1% and one rule for the 99% – just a contemporary phraseology of the same thing. I have previously discussed the TV programme Blue Bloods. The programme acts out a situation of a New York cop family with a lawyer and the police chief, and I like it because there are political and personal dynamics discussed. In this pro-NYPD programme there is a general direction that the police care for society, and that there are many dynamics pesonal and otherwise together with plenty of moral searching. I like this because it gives me a good feeling about the direction of the human spirit.

But the reality is completely different. In White Plains a policeman, facing pending charges of racism, has killed Kenneth Washington, a black 68-year-old war veteran with a heart condition, in response to a concern about a medical transmitter. In Florida a white vigilante with a history of racist incidents has murdered a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, and the police haven’t arrested him – just arrested 45 days later. Racism in the police force, is that the 1%? Yes, because in an oppressive society we always victimise the weakest. Allowing the police to get away with this weakens the rule of law because of the lack of trust for the police. But the black community have lived with this a long time, and society in general accepts this.

Since 9/11 all kinds of infringements of liberty have occurred, in the name of anti-terrorism. In the UK this has been discussed in the documentary “Taking Liberties”. In NYPD there has been many developments of what has been classified as Islamophobic – part of a wider created social malaise. The Islamic communities in the West now have to come to terms with the same racism as black people always have had to endure.

But now there is blatant political oppression at an unprecented level happening. Before I explain that let us consider Thatcher and the miners’ strike. The miners’ strike became the event that broke the back of British trade unionism. Sadly it started badly because even in the the failed representational democratic model the strike did not follow its own rules. The miners’ strike was not started by a majority of the elected miners’ representatives on its executive, and because of the prevalence of Trotskyist groups on the left demanding the working-class rise up many people did not back the strike initially. Over time the movement realised it had become an event in its history, but by then it was too late. I have crossed Trotskyist picket lines – when less political, they are intimidating. In the miners’ strike the police escorted non-miners’ union workers across the line. This was a clear political act in which the police supported the 1%, at that time we called them capitalists, against the 99% – the bourgeoisie.

This triggered my understanding of the real rule of law, the real role of the police, they are there to protect the lives and lifestyle of the 1%. The rule of law that we all adhere to gives society a code of behaviour or morality that good people want to adhere to, so the homes of good people are protected along with the homes and lifestyle of the 1%. But that is an acceptable consequence for the 1%, the law is there to protect their homes first and the homes of the 99% second; in many ways the two work hand-in-hand but that is not the reason.

Following the way the law worked during the miners’ strike I began to watch the stock exchange with its SEC – the stock exchange is a self-regulated body like the police ie not subject to the rule of law. There were token prosecutions but I saw these as token and saw that the SEC were there primarily to ensure the continuation of the criminal activities that are its daily business – by punishing those who become an embarrassment through excessive greed rather than punishing crime in general. There is no rule of law there – it is a rich rule “Don’t become an embarrassment or we might be forced to make a token sacrifice”. In this way the stock exchange functioned in the interest of all those who speculated, and people were envious of the rich – but at least this is rule of law.

But the 1% got greedy. They speculated on hedge funds that had no substance – see John Bird and John Fortune explain this clearly. Not only this but in the US people were given fraudulent mortgages such as mortgages whose repayments increased unreasonably after a period of time thus ensuring default – without informing the mortgagees – clear fraud by misrepresentation to make a profit. Many such frauds were carried out and good people have lost their homes, not just those who could not afford them in the first place.

At the same time what is happening in the tax system? The burden is falling increasingly on the individual as the 1% use this defunct model of “trickle-down” to avoid paying tax as corporations. Is it right that in the US 26 of the major corporations paid no tax?

And what have western governments done? They have continued with policies that support the 1% – not surprising really as the 1% are the puppet masters – discussed in “Lifting the Veil”. These policies are presented to the people as “trickle-down”, but whilst huge bailout money has been given out of government coffers there has been no “trickle-down”, 1% institutions are now showing profits, and bankers have awarded themselves huge bonuses from the bailout. And most of the fraudulent schemes by the banksters have not resulted in criminal prosecution. This 1% greed has exposed the law for what it is, a measure to protect the 1%, as opposed to a measure to protect people.

As a consequence of this financial exploitation people have started to show their anger at the system publicly, they are demonstrating on the streets. This demonstration has come to be known as Occupy. This movement is a direct response to 1% exploitation, its target is the 1%, and its modus operandi is genuine democracy as opposed to electoral and representational democracy that the 1% has well under control. Before Occupy Wall Street started Morgan Chase gave a donation of $4million to NYPD, and OWS was moved away from Chase Plaza to Zuccotti park – that became known as Liberty Plaza (discussed here). Acts of unreasonable violence on the part of the police have been perpetrated on the non-violent protesters, and even thoug mainstream media has not been reporting the truth, most people know this happening and have to intentionall avoid the truth to accept the police actions. What is important for the system to continue to work in favour of the 1% is that the majority of people have to believe that the system is working but for a few exceptions. Occupy exposes this myth, and the law is being used to oppress them. This is a clear example of the rule of law being broken down by the greed of the 1%.

One of the things I have always believed in is brinkmanship, this worked in the Cold War era where given the nuclear potential for global destruction crisis never turned into global catastrophe. Now however the 1% greed has become so gross that decent human institutions such as the rule of law are being sacrificied on the altar of 1% greed. since Reagan deregulation has enabled this excessive greed and these addicted hedonists have taken their profits whilst disdaining humanity and the moral values of its community. With the rule of law going people are saying if there is no law only self-protection then we needn’t adhere to a moral code ourselves.

Typical of this for me is the Pirate party, here is a TED talk from one of its Swedish founders. Its principles are not moral, they simply say why should the 1% exploit us unreasonably we are going to act in our self-interest. The internet has become the vehicle for such interest, and people are able to download all kinds of media for free. Hollywood are trying to use political pressure to prevent this, but they have found that it is too expensive for them to do so by reasonable law ie prosecuting on an individual criminal basis. Megaupload is an obvious example. I do not know the full legal arguments on either side, but here is a view of megaupload. You could download Hollywood movies from megaupload. as someone uploads those movies. There are other megaupload users who have uploaded genuine materials for storage and distribution. Legally the law is not certain as to whether the organisers of megaupload are responsible. However the FBI closed down Megaupload globally. On what basis? They have the power to do it. Genuine users of megaupload want their stuff back and can’t get it. Is this justice? No. One could clearly argue that someone who has uploaded a Hollywood movie onto megaupload is breaking copyright and could merit prosecution, but Hollywood cannot afford to prosecute on an individual basis. So they use power and influence to create injustice. And the response – the Pirate party. We will become a political party with no morals code exerting our influence to continue to do so in terms of privacy etc. And in this article you can see that throughout Europe it has popular appeal in elections.

How far will this go? More and more the 1% repress genuine dissent, more and more people will use the internet for immoral purpose. How far will this spill into daily life? Last year there were riots in the UK in which young people stole from wherever they wanted. Whilst I can see an underlying political expression in this, in practice it was little more than young people taking the opportunity to steal. And to a certain extent the police let it happen and the government response has been a recent law for a huge increase in state monitoring of people. What will the impacts of this state repression be?

This is just lawlessness brought about by a 1% system who have become so addicted they care not nwhat people think of them. This is so dangerous. Nero is fiddling.

Update on Trayvon Martin 28/7/13 – see this blog.

21/9/13 – This page shows the increasing protest across the globe – note they started after Vietnam!!

21/9/13 – Edward Snowden revelations this year shows how far this state repression is going.

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