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With the increasing growth and exploitation of Artificial Intelligence, which is taking over from human labour in the workplace, the underlying assumption is that without work, humans are obsolete. The problem here is a ridiculous binary argument, that the only way humans can survive is through work in the modern post industrial world.

The question we need to ask is, are work and money a natural occurring marriage that is absolute and insoluble? The answer is, of course, no, it’s a purely ideological construct which is increasingly becoming meaningless, but what is entirely lacking is the will and the desire to share the wealth that industry creates amongst ordinary people.

The historically imposed and accepted bond between work and money is breaking, so the next question is, why are we so concerned to remain in that bondage when it is clearly no longer required?

It isn’t people who are becoming obsolete, it is work. The notion that people will become obsolete is a complete and utter absurdity, we have always been greater than being mere workers, but what should be self evident, is being wilfully ignored. Are we really willing to allow life to remain subservient to a work and money model that is becoming obsolete? How narrow is our vision and who is dominating this discourse (or lack of) over the value of our lives, because it certainly isn’t you and me. Speaking personally, it’s an insult to my intelligence, my creativity, my dreams, hopes and desires, and above all, to my life and being.

Is this really about thinking the unthinkable or are we just being prevented from seeing the huge elephant in the room that those who control the money and us don’t want us to talk about? There is no shortage of money, only our ‘traditional’ means of access to it, which has always been subject to the strictest controls.

It has recently been revealed that a private Facebook group of Conservatives called The Ultras are calling for the return of workhouses which Conservative Housing Minister Dominic Raab hastily left when it was revealed he was a member, yet he co-wrote a book, Britannia Unchained, calling Britons “the worst idlers in the world”.

Not only are Conservatives incapable of thinking outside the box, they earnestly desire to beat us ever further down into the suffocating box of their dystopian world view.

One has to wonder why they are so resistant to us rising into their privileged world where unearned income predominates, not least as a return for the labour which ordinary working people have obediently invested their lives in and yet have seen none of the profits?

Astonishingly, they are furiously angry with us, this again from Britannia Unchained, “Too many people in Britain prefer a lie-in to hard work.” Woo, damn right, I’ve pulled enough sickies in my life to know that, though not nearly as many as I would have liked to.

The awful fact is, they just do not like the idea that we might get above ourselves. Just look at the brutality of the DWP, incentivising people into work by depriving them of the means of survival. Jacob Rees-Mogg, current pretender to the Conservative throne, claimed food banks showed ‘a “rather uplifting” picture of a compassionate country’. Our compassion, but not his.

Meanwhile the wealth of the worlds richest 500 people saw their wealth increase by $1 trillion in 2017, a record high.

AI is taking over the world of work and one of two things will happen, either we will continue down the road of eugenics and the genocide of ordinary people who are no longer of any use or value to the global elites, or we accept that we have the fight of our lives, for our lives, on our hands for a fair and decent share of global wealth for all. It will be brutal and we are already seeing just how brutal and dirty the right wing imperialists fight, all media outlets are polarising with the main stream media broadly backing the rule of wealth, and independent media, which Theresa May wants to close down, fighting against the rise and rise of extreme right wing fascism and greed.

They don’t know how to share, they don’t want to share and they care nothing about our lives and our mounting dead in a world where there is more than enough for all. Well, they have nailed their colours to the mast and so must we, but bear this thought in mind, they don’t know how to fight without us, who, after all, fights all their wars and who laboured to make their fortunes? More than that, though, they are cowards who, just like Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt, do not even have the decency to be honest and who run and hide when the going gets tough. Right now they expect their privilege to protect them, in their cosseted lives, but that is breaking down daily as increasing numbers of ordinary people rise to challenge them.

Just for the record, this is not a new or unforeseen problem, the problem is how the vicious brutes in power are choosing to deal with it. I shall leave the last word to Buckminster Fuller who, in 1970, said the following: “We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

KOG. 17 February 2018

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-minister-member-private-facebook-12032252

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-19300051

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/14/jacob-rees-mogg-increased-use-food-banks-rather-uplifting

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/19/robots-could-take-4m-private-sector-jobs-within-10-years

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/27/worlds-richest-500-see-increased-their-wealth-by-1tn-this-year

https://demetrius13.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/buckminster-fuller-quote-from-1970-we-should-do-away-with-the-absolutely-specious-notion-that-everybody-has-to-earn-a-living/

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In 1921, C P Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian for nearly 50 years, wrote an essay to mark the papers centenary in which he wrote that the “primary office” of a newspaper is accurate news reporting, saying “comment is free, but facts are sacred”.

He would likely have abhorred the present time where news is less the result of investigative journalism and largely just the regurgitation (copy and pasted) of whatever is reported on newswire or PR copy.

Modern news reporting is in a parlous state, not least because the expression ‘fake news’ has been dragged from obscurity, where it belonged, and has been forcibly injected into the current mess by those who should know better and those for whom it serves their twisted agenda of falsity and deception. It comes at a heavy price, in particular for those who are the main consumers, but not creators, of news, ordinary people. The most invidious use of ‘fake news’ is in dismissing anything that the user wishes to dismiss without bothering to provide any evidence. Used in that way, it becomes a term of deception in itself, and it is a mark of our times that grappling with the news is like trying to find our way in a thick smog, it befuddles the mind, which is entirely the intent.

We live in an age of deception in which war is peace, or as George W put it – spreading democracy, and driving millions of people into poverty, as the Tories are, incentivising them to work.

Incentivising people into work through sanctions and benefit delays is not fake news, but it is a deception that has at its heart human rights violations which are driving people into penury and death.

Claims for social security have ceased to be access to a social safety net which people pay into over their life time, and have, under the Tories, become trial by ordeal, or conditionality, with requirements so exacting, cruel and harsh, failure, and therefore punishment by sanctioning, is almost guaranteed.

The Tories claim that trial by ordeal, or incentives, help (drive) people into work. The entire system is based on double speak for forced labour, which, no matter how you wrap it, is a violation of people’s human rights, just as escalating poverty is a denial of people’s right to life and homelessness is a denial of people’s rights to respect for privacy, family life, home and correspondence.

The point of human rights it to prevent suffering, mental torment and anguish and premature death, through reduced life expectancy and suicide.

The Tories have long expressed their desire to rid themselves of the Human Rights Act, but why bother when they can so successfully circumvent them through deceit, psychobabble and corruption? Exactly the same tactics which have been used to bring our NHS to its knees and privatise it.

What we are witnessing is a degree of UK state criminality against the people which was hitherto unthinkable, such that it beggars public belief, which is exactly the point. Fooling the public is now a government industry, ramped up under David Cameron, costing the public tens of millions of pounds every year, backed by a vicious right wing media.

Thankfully, the growth of social and independent media is proving to be a significant thorn in the side of government corruption. The power of the people is growing daily, much to the government’s dismay and anger. What is significant about the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, or Snoopers Charter as it is known, is that under the guise of preventing terrorism, it is every member of society who suffers from paternalistic and ever more intrusive government policies.

What is truly shocking is that all of these policies, enacted by government, through subterfuge and deceit, without our consent, are paid for by us. We paid for the bankers bailout, we pay for austerity, we pay for Universal Credit and every sanction piled upon us, we pay for the Snoopers Charter, we pay to be lied to, we pay for the privatisation of our NHS, we pay for corporate tax breaks and tax avoidance and evasion and we pay the salaries, expenses, food and booze bills of this rogue government. No matter what it is, we, the people, always pay.

Has anyone heard a single ‘thank you’, ever? Hardly, because they despise us. The Tories are bleeding us dry and the only issues that remain are how and when we get rid of them.

I wish everyone a happy and politically active new year, make every one of our lives count against this atrocious government of thieves and charlatans, who have not suffered a day of the austerity they have imposed upon us, indeed, they are all better off because we paid for that too.

KOG. 31 December 2017

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/figures-show-link-between-benefit-10311087

https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/work-as-a-health-outcome-making-work-pay-and-other-conservative-myths-and-magical-thinking/

http://www.flassbeck-economics.com/the-connection-between-universal-credit-ordeals-and-experiments-in-electrocuting-laboratory-rats-by-sue-jones/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/07/nhs-bosses-warn-of-mental-health-crisis-with-long-waits-for-treatment

https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/07/theresa-may-human-rights-european-charter-terrorists

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/mar/30/health-act-means-death-of-nhs

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-spends-10million-army-7029803

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/snoopers-charter-bill-becomes-law-extending-uk-state-surveillance

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/mps-pocket-another-bumper-pay-9910734

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Every time I see a headline like, ‘Government is failing disabled people’ or as in the Guardian, 1 April 2017, ‘This benefit cut will make youngsters homeless. It’s another Tory failure’, I am immediately stuck by an overwhelming sense of disbelief that either the media simply doesn’t get it, which is unlikely, or this is wilful perception management to keep us wrong footed or to deliberately deceive us.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out the Tories are entirely comfortable with their policies and the effects they have and, indeed, lie through their teeth and spin endless nonsense despite overwhelming evidence of the harm their policies cause.

Whether it’s making work pay, the bedroom tax, sanctions, multiple attacks on disabled people, racist vans, bullshit jobs for bullshit pay, ending housing benefit for young people, no more top down reorganisation of our NHS, using European workers as bargaining chips, the junior doctors debacle, ending access to legal aid, denying the escalating numbers of suicides, the housing crisis, mass deportations, privatisation of the state, selling off state assets at knock down prices, cuts, caps, raising VAT, abandoning care for the elderly and raising pension age, tax cuts for the rich, austerity for the poor (and that is just the short list), the Tories are entirely comfortable with it all, their policies are working exactly as intended. They are not failing, they are succeeding.

Anyone who says they are failing, especially journalists, is misinformed (as much of the public is), an idiot or fully complicit in this mass deception.

This is not about cognitive dissonance, ‘the mental stress (discomfort) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values’, this is perception management on a grand scale.

How many deaths would it take to give any reasonable organisation cause to examine its policies or even just acknowledge that there might be a problem? Since 2010, tens of thousands of people have died or committed suicide and the government is not only not interested but denies there is even a problem. Damian Green took over from Iain Duncan Smith in July 2016 and has not only continued with the punitive regime put in place by Smith, but has escalated the attacks on poor and vulnerable people and claims the benefits cap, ‘costing almost 90,000 of Britain’s poorest families more than £2,000 a year, is a “real success”.

And he’s right. It is a massive Tory success. Poverty is rising and persistent poverty for children has consistently risen since 2010 and food bank usage under the Tories has gone through the roof, leading Chris Mould to state that the DWP regards people driven to food banks as “collateral damage”. Iain Duncan Smith, far from doing anything about the situation, accused the Trussell Trust of scare mongering and he and Lord Freud have consistently refused to meet with the Trussell Trust.

Why would they meet with the Trussell Trust? The system was designed by Smith and Freud, and it is doing exactly as intended, to penalise and hound people to death. Dr David Webster, writing on the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies web site, called Benefit Sanctions, ‘Britain’s secret penal system’, which imposes more and harsher fines than the entire British court system.

What does it take to call a spade a spade?

To even begin to understand the Tories we have to see them as they see themselves and report accordingly, as a towering success. Their policies are not ill informed or hastily come by, they are well planned and enormous amounts of time have been spent formulating them. The Welfare Reform Act 2012, introduced by Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud, and the unfolding misery it has given rise to, was not written in a day, or hastily, it was long in the making almost certainly predating the 2010 general election. It’s 350 sections and 187 pages were meticulously written and is a huge success story for the Tories.

Reporting any of this as failing or failure, is to entirely misreport the reality of Tory success. They are not failing disabled people or young people or anyone else, they are successfully implementing policies which they fully intended would cause pain and suffering on the grand scale we see to this day.

Alex Brooker on the Last Leg rightly called Tory disability cuts, “disabled genocide” and if you have a terminal illness but are expected to live longer than six months you do not qualify for extra support. So yes in real terms the government is failing ordinary people, but they are doing so wilfully and knowingly and mocking us in the process and consider their policies entirely successful.

The mainstream media headlines should reflect the reality of the situation, and hit hard and true. That they do not is to entirely fail to understand what is going on or to wilfully mislead.

Given the cost in lives for their failure to present the facts and the reality of the situation, then they are culpable in this unfolding catastrophe in the lives of millions of people in Britain today. Too much of the corporate media is engaged in perception management for self serving reasons and given the proliferation (thankfully) of independent media, bloggers and writers, it falls to us, ordinary people, to hold them to account and to call a spade a spade. The Tories have blood on their hands and it bothers them not one jot.

KOG. 02 April 2017

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/government-is-failing-disabled-people-on-discrimination-say-peers/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/01/housing-benefits-cut-young-adults-homeless

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-poverty-the-charts-that-show-the-true-state-of-low-income-britain-a7031666.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/food-bank-usage-at-record-high-reveals-trussell-trust-a6984921.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britons-driven-to-food-banks-by-poverty-seen-as-collateral-damage-by-dwp-says-trussell-trust-a6794101.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-accuses-food-bank-charity-the-trussell-trust-of-scaremongering-9021150.html

https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/welfare-reform/great-britian.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welfare_Reform_Act_2012

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-last-leg-diability-cuts_uk_58ba72f0e4b05cf0f400d555

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/money/benefits-entitlements/living-with-terminal-illness/special-rules