Full spectrum surveillance of whole populations, ranging from on street closed circuit cameras, to wholesale spying on emails and online activity, to the developments of smart devices for listening into conversations in people’s homes has become the norm.
In a world such as ours, completely dominated and directed by the free market and the whims of its hidden élite architects, we eventually come to the realisation that within globalisation we are trapped in a single party state.
Capitalism is like a great big game of Monopoly that rich people play, with the marked difference being that whatever happens in game time impacts, often very seriously, on ordinary people’s lives – especially on the lives of those watching Jeremy Kyle.
This is the near limitless supply (estimated to be in the hundreds of trillions of dollars) that is used to persuade nation states to bend the knee to the march of neoliberalism.
Offshore accounts in exotic locations – and not so exotic tax havens like Ireland – have been a winning formula in the efforts of the magnificently wealthy global élite to accumulate vast troves of money and stay ahead of the taxman.
For the first time since the mid-1930s the wealthiest 0.1% of the world’s population possesses more than the lowest 90% of the population combined, and this top tenth of the one percent is getting richer.
In the name of tightening our belts and living within our means, to save the world, far-reaching spending cuts were introduced, largescale programmatic deregulatory policies were rolled out, and state assets we sold off wholesale resulting in greater unemployment, reductions in standards of living, and a loosening of working conditions.
Under the pretext of making national economies more competitive the Reaganite and Thatcherite dogma of labour force flexibility was introduced across the Western hemisphere. Programmes of private home ownership such as the British ‘Right to Buy’ initiative allowing working families to buy their previously state-owned homes effectively financialised the household by enslaving workers to systems of debt through the banks.