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?
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.