Future Tense

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

Not a photo taken by me, snagged from UK guardian newspaper, but odd that the photo challenge this week is about future.

Is it tense? This is from Cyprus, does it suggest a future? Tense for us all?

First Cyprus, next ...
First Cyprus, next …

Why is the whole world not screaming out loud?

The citizens of Cyprus have not suddenly become careless debt-ridden idiots who do not look after their work or their money. Within the space of five years, which is not a lifetime, their state is ‘apparently’ in debt. Once upon a time it was individuals who were targeted as ‘deficit‘. Now it is ‘states’ – Greece, Ireland, Spain, ‘given’ bailouts – as third world countries have been ‘given’ aid (for ‘given’ read crippling debt). New plan, make the citizens do their own giving, who on earth are they giving it to?

Which country will be next to drop below the deficit line?

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. He is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

The deficit is NOT in the third World, nor in Greece, Spain, Ireland or Cyprus.

Making Cyprus pay is a radically new move.

Who will be next?

Who will challenge the deficit ways in which financiers (and those who believe their economic mantras) now come for the things we have worked for?

Maybe this is not OK for a photo challenge but it is all our futures which may become tense. The deficit is in the two dimensional economic thinking profit/growth capitalism which pervades financial systems throughout the world.

Working on another post, how can the bloggy world get an act together for Cyprus, and for ourselves?

Help – send me your ideas and links – especially about alternative forms of managing money, like micro-finance, mutual aid, collaborative co-operative sharing of risk, rather than endlessly trying to evade it, push it somewhere else, or gamble with the livelihoods of others.

16 thoughts on “Future Tense

    1. I get steamed up about the poverty so many suffer when we are in a world of plenty… the complexity of it all needs as many as possible to give a little time to thinking – I have just been over to see you, fly well, Elspeth


  1. I have no idea how any of this works. It makes no sense that the world has been in economic turmoil for years, caused by deliberate actions of some, and yet the very rich continue to get richer. Bankers haven’t been penalised, but across the world the poor are taking more of a hit than previously.
    I have no clue.


    1. I don’t know either, but I think you and others have sense enough. So, I think the whole thing of economic thinking within capitalism has to be wrong somewhere. I don’t think people, aka government people, say oh lets make the rich richer and the poor poorer, I think they are flailing around desperately. But my unemployed Edinburgh son gets more despairing by the day, then recovers, then struggles more with his part-time study, etc etc and feels desperately guilty that he still depends on his mum and dad otherwise he would join those on the streets. I am endlessly amazed at his courage and resilience, but cry over his unhappiness. None of it makes sense, I fault those who accept positions of power for continuing to pretend it does, and putting the blame on those without the power to make changes. They should take responsibility and personal hit. I have never studied any of this, what do I know really? thanks for answering, sorry for ranting.


  2. Reblogged this on My World, Your World, One World and commented:

    Wrote this nearly two years ago. Now I am saying Hurray for Greece and hope their new courageous government is not trapped by the failed thinking of world economic theory. In the meantime, Greek shares tumble – well they would wouldn’t they as those who do the tumbling and running are the same as those who think money is intended to make more money. When will economic theory and therefore practice be based on productive work and service to others and money relegated to its rightful place as a useful tool, a means to live, not an end in itself.


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